Source: 49ers may not use franchise tag


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.
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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.

Practice report: 49ers passing game looks much improved


Practice report: 49ers passing game looks much improved

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ passing game has ranked 29th or lower in each of the past four seasons.

If two practices against last year’s No. 1-ranked pass defense are any indication, the 49ers could be vastly improved under coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Brian Hoyer.

“I think our guys were expecting to do good,” Shanahan said on Thursday after a second joint practice against the Denver Broncos in two days. “There’s a lot of stuff we can clean up. A lot of stuff we can do better. But I think our guys were happy with how they competed and, hopefully, that can continue to carry over.”

Hoyer hit more higher-percentage passes on Thursday. He teamed up with rookie Victor Bolden on his deepest completion -- down the left sideline against first-team All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris. After completing better than 80 percent of his passes against the Broncos a day earlier, Hoyer was 12 of 19 passing on Thursday.

Pierre Garçon, who figures to be Hoyer’s top target, was not as active during Thursday’s practice. But he did find himself in the middle of the action with a tussle against Harris.

Hoyer’s red-zone pass intended for slot receiver Jeremy Kerley was tipped and intercepted by safety Justin Simmons. Away from the action, Aqib Talib blocked Garçon, who retaliated by tossing him to the ground.

“That’s part of the game,” Garçon said. ‘You always expect one scuffle in joint practices. But it ended and you move on. It was nothing personal at all.”

Hoyer was especially sharp during the practices to strengthen his grasp on the team’s staring job. Meanwhile, rookie C.J. Beathard had a solid showing on Thursday. He will enter Saturday’s game after Hoyer and could play through the rest of the first half and open the third quarter.

The 49ers exited the field after their two most-significant practices feeling optimistic about where things stand.

“We did good the first day,” Garçon said. “We could’ve done better the second day. But we’re still learning each other and getting better. We still have a lot to do to get ready for the regular season, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

--Linebacker Reuben Foster wore shoulder pads and took part in all but the contact drills due to what the team described as a “mild AC joint sprain” of his right shoulder. That did not prevent Foster from getting into the middle of a skirmish that appeared to involve Broncos tackle Menelik Watson and 49ers linebacker Eli Harold.

The 49ers expect Foster to play Saturday night, Shanahan said.

--Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was pulled from practice on Thursday after experiencing soreness in his shoulder. Shanahan said Bowman's shoulder soreness is similar to what Foster experienced.

--The Broncos’ offense, which struggled to complete passes on Wednesday, made a lot more plays down the field on Thursday with Paxton Lynch at quarterback.

--Tight end Vance McDonald made an outstanding catch of a Hoyer pass at the sideline against tight coverage from safety Will Parks.

--The 49ers’ practice Thursday brought an official end to the team’s training camp. They will transition to a regular-season type of schedule next week leading up to the team’s third exhibition game, which is scheduled for Sunday at the Minnesota Vikings.

“Training camp is over, and what that means is we’re not all staying in dorms together and we’re not having night walk-throughs,” Shanahan said.

49ers making a quarterback change for preseason game vs Broncos


49ers making a quarterback change for preseason game vs Broncos

C.J. Beathard will be the No. 2 quarterback against the Broncos on Saturday night, Kyle Shanahan announced on Thursday.

In the team's first exhibition game in Kansas City, Matt Barkley was the No. 2 QB behind Brian Hoyer.

Barkley completed 10 of 17 passes for 168 yards against the Chiefs.

Beathard went 7 for 11 with 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The 49ers traded up in the 2017 draft and selected Beathard in the third round (104th overall).