It's been six months since the 49ers and Saints met in a playoff game for the ages at Candlestick Park, but the trash-talking continues as if the teams were still on the field.
No doubt it will continue up to and through their Nov. 25 regular-season matchup in New Orleans.
The latest salvos were fired by 49ers safety Donte Whitner and Saints linebacker Scott Shanle.
Whitner, a former Buffalo Bill, had this to say Monday about the New Orleans' bounty program, which resulted in a one-year ban for head coach Sean Payton:
"If you have the right type of guys in that (defensive) room, you don't have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard," Whitner said. "It's going to come naturally. That's the type of guys we have on our defense."
That brought this response from Shanle on Tuesday, via Twitlonger, which allows people more than 140 characters, when they really need to get something off their chest:
"Guy needs to shut his mouth and mind his own business," Shanle wrote. "Don't remember them winning the superbowl. U still ringless. We got one and working on two now. Try to keep up."
Shanle then followed with this Twitter blast at the 49ers Faithful:
"Alright 49ers fans its been fun but I got 2 get back 2 work. That's something we do in Louisiana so our state isn't bankrupt. Im outta here"
Weight: 229 pounds
Selection: First round, No. 31 overall
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers jumped back into the first round to select Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.
Foster, a tackling machine who was the winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker, was selected at No. 31 overall after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers traded the second pick of the second round (No. 34 overall) and a fourth-round pick at No. 111 to move up three spots to select Foster. The 49ers acquired the No. 111 pick earlier in the day in a trade back with the Chicago Bears.
Foster is expected to make an immediate impact for a team that ranked last in the league in total defense. He could line up next to NaVorro Bowman, who returned to the practice field this week during a minicamp after sustaining a torn Achilles early last season.
Foster visited the 49ers’ headquarters last month and made a strong impression.
“He came in, and we had a nice visit with him,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
Foster was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. But Foster has been the center of controversy since the end of the season. He was sent home from the NFL scouting combine after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.
“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”
After the 49ers met with Foster, there were reports that he entered into the league’s program on substances of abuse due to a dilute urine sample.
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers open the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium.
Stanford products Solomon Thomas and Christian McCaffrey will make their NFL debuts in that game across from each other.
Thomas, a defensive lineman, was the No. 3 overall pick of the 49ers. The Carolina Panthers selected McCaffrey with the eighth overall pick.
“I can’t wait to play him,” Thomas said Thursday night on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “You know, that’s my boy. That’s my best friend. I love him to death. I can’t wait to play him.”