SANTA CLARA -- As a 49ers rookie, Vernon Davis scored a touchdown in an exhibition game at Texas Stadium. He went straight for the Cowboys' star logo and struck a pose.He was paying homage to Terrell Owens."I figured that he played here, so I tried to copy one of his moves," Davis said in August 2006. "I was trying to make them (the crowd) mad, I guess."As for the touchdown, Davis said, "The first of many."Six years later, Davis can look back and understand the mistakes of his past."Since I've here, we really haven't had a selfish guy, besides myself," Davis said on Wednesday.Davis explained."At one point, I was selfish, and I admit it. I was," Davis said. "And that's because I was young and I didn't know. I was trying to find myself, just trying to figure it out. I looked up to guys like Terrell Owens, and other guys in the league. And I thought that this was what it was about. But it wasn't."So I had to change some things. And when I changed, everything started to work out. Everyone started to respect me, the coaches, the players. And I started to put it all together."Davis still credits former 49ers coach Mike Singletary for his attitude adjustment. Coach Jim Harbaugh has emphasized the importance of team and getting everybody involved in his two seasons."Randy (Moss) is not worried about how many catches he's getting," Davis said. "I'm not worried about how many catches I get. As long as we win, I'm having a good day. That's what it's about. It's about winning."When asked if Moss has told him he doesn't care about personal accolades, Davis said, "He didn't, but I can see it in him. I sit right beside him. I see it in him. I see it in him when he's not getting balls."Mike (Crabtree), Frank (Gore), all those guys. And that's what makes this team unique. You become closer to guys when you know they're about the team and not about themselves."
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)
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.