Source: 49ers may not use franchise tag

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Source: 49ers may not use franchise tag

Feb. 3, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe NFL has given all 32 teams the go-ahead to use the franchise tag as they have in past. But just because it's an option does not mean the 49ers are going to use it.Peter Rucco, NFL senior vice president and general counsel, told the Boston Globe teams can use franchise andor transition tags on players for a 14-day period, starting Feb. 10. There had been some question whether the franchise tag would be available this offseason because of the league's expiring collective bargaining agreement."The CBA hasn't expired, and the CBA has the right to franchise players, so we are telling clubs that you have the right to franchise players, and then depending on what the new agreement says, that will take into account," Rucco said.
The 49ers have 15 players scheduled for free agency, including six starters from a year ago.RELATED: Aubrayo Franklin stats splits game logs
The 49ers applied the franchise tag to nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin last offseason, in essence, locking him up on a one-year contract worth 7.003 million. The 49ers can use the franchise tag on Franklin again, but it would require a pay increase of at least 120-percent, placing his one-year salary at 8.4 million, or the new franchise number -- whichever is higher. (Mac's Football Blog places the number at a whopping 12.38 million.)One team source told Comcast SportsNet that the 49ers are reluctant to place the tag on Franklin a second year in a row. It is easy to see why.
Franklin's one-year salary at more than 12 million would make him the highest-paid player on the team -- ahead of Patrick Willis -- based on average salary.Willis signed a contract extension last offseason that pays him a 7.65 million average over seven years. Tight end Vernon Davis' extension, signed on the eve of the season opener, pays him 7.1 million average over six years.As important as Franklin is as the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, I don't see any way the 49ers use the franchise tag on him again. I think there's a much better chance the 49ers sign him to an extension. Under the current CBA that expires March 3 . . . The franchise tag is the average of the top five salaries at a given position from the previous season. When a team uses the franchise tag, it ensures it will receive two first-round picks as compensation if the player signs with another team.The seldom-used transition tag is the average of the top 10 salaries at a position. All the transition tag ensures is that the team that applied the tag gets the right of first refusal to match any contract. The team receives no compensation. Here are the other candidates for the 49ers' franchise tag:LB Manny Lawson: It's entirely possible new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will look at Lawson as a player he really wants back on the team. But the franchise tag for linebackers a year ago was 9.68 million. This year, that number is expected be around 10 million. The 49ers simply can't pay Lawson more than Willis.C David Baas: The 49ers targeted Baas as a player they want to sign to a contract extension. Getting a deal done with him makes a lot more sense than slapping the franchise tag on him. After all, offensive linemen are offensive linemen when it comes to the franchise tag. The franchise number last year was 10.7 million for offensive linemen, and that's way too much for a center.LB Takeo Spikes: He did a tremendous job for the 49ers last season. If the 49ers want him back, they'll get him back without devoting anywhere near the franchise number of approximately 10 million.S Dashon Goldson: As a four-year veteran, Goldson's fate has yet to be determined. The rules have yet to be set how much service is required to be an unrestricted free agent. If it takes five years (that's a good guess), then the 49ers can easily bring back Goldson as a restricted free agent without applying any kind of tag to him. Last year, the franchise tag for safeties was 6.455 million. If the 49ers are willing to give him that much, they should easily be able to sign him to a multi-year deal.QB Alex Smith: Coach Jim Harbaugh said he's excited to work with Smith. But, as a scheduled free agent, Smith gets to make the call on this one. And, of course, there's no chance the 49ers are going to slap Smith with the franchise tag. Last year, the franchise number for quarterbacks was 16.4 million.

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.