An updated look at free agency needs


An updated look at free agency needs

Yep, the 49ers signed a cornerbackreturn man on Tuesday -- an hour or so before the official start of free agency.Of course, the 49ers needed to add a cornerback. And they needed to add a return man. And they still need players at both spots.Perrish Cox's addition to the 49ers' offseason roster is less of an answer and more along the lines of a remote possibility. He is a long way from earning a spot on the 53-man roster for the regular season.If Cox works out, fine. But his addition at the beginning of free agency has no impact on Carlos Rogers or Ted Ginn or anyone else.The team's needs remain unchanged at the beginning of the free-agent signing period:Wide receiver: Right now, Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree are the presumptive starters. Kyle Williams is still on the roster, but the 49ers need at least one more veteran player to add to the mix. Perhaps, a player such as Joshua Morgan, Robert Meachem, Early Doucet, Harry Douglas or Eddie Royal will be there.Cornerback: Carlos Rogers appears ticketed to the highest bidder in free agency. Right now, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver are atop the depth chart with Tramaine Brock in the mix for extensive playing time. Cox will get a chance to rebuild his NFL stock, while the 49ers continue to look for help at this spot. If Jason Allen (Houston) sits out there, the 49ers could be interested.Safety: The 49ers will be looking for an inexpensive veteran with starting experience who comes to the team as a backup to Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner. The 49ers could re-sign Madieu Williams, but not until he has a chance to look around and see if it's in his best interest to return to San Francisco.Guard: Adam Snyder is a free agent, and the 49ers have Daniel Kilgore. It seems unlikely the 49ers will throw big money at a guard in free agency, but they could add to the competition with a deal for a veteran, such as Mike McGlynn (Cincinnati), who can play more than one spot.Running back: Admittedly, third-stringer Anthony Dixon had a disappointing season. The 49ers need to add to the running back position to find more of an every-down alternative to Frank Gore. They're not looking to unseat Gore, but they need another player here.
Linebacker: The 49ers will be looking for depth at the linebacker spots. The starters are set with Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks on the outside, and Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman on the inside. Larry Grant is the top backup inside, but he could leave as a restricted free agent. Parys Haralson would be a good backup on the outside, but the 49ers have not committed whether they plan to retain him at his scheduled 2.75 million salary.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.