Wallace to 49ers? Not if Steelers can help it

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Wallace to 49ers? Not if Steelers can help it

INDIANAPOLIS -- Receiver Mike Wallace -- with his blazing speed, 3,200 yards in three seasons and an 18.7 yards per catch career average -- would seem to be a nice fit for the 49ers.But Wallace remains the property of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine the organization is determined to retain his services.Wallace is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. The Steelers have some salary-cap issues, as they must clear a reported 13 million in space before March 13, when the new league year begins.
There remains a possibility the Steelers could place the franchise tag on Wallace to all but guarantee he'll return for at least another season. But the Steelers would have to clear enough room to account for the projected 9.4 million franchise salary.Colbert said the Steelers, at least, expect to present Wallace with a tender that would allow them to get a first-round draft pick if they do not match an offer sheet."Once we determine what his tender will be, we'll know what our (potential) compensation will be," Colbert said. "I'm pretty sure he's going to be protected with a first-round pick at minimum. There's always a franchise (tag) possibility. But not knowing what our cap total situation is until we get a final number, I really can't say."We're going to do everything we can to make sure Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler. I think that's Mike's belief as well. Usually when you have two parties that share the same goal, it's usually easier to achieve that goal."Wallace was asked on Sirius XM Radio this week whether he would consider playing for the 49ers or New England Patriots."Most definitely those are two teams that are playoff caliber teams, Super Bowl caliber teams," Wallace said. "I think that the right person or the right piece for those guys could put them over the top. All they need is one more piece ... most definitely, those are Super Bowl contending teams."RELATED: Is Wallace the 'right piece' for the 49ers?
The 49ers are expected to be interested in acquiring Wallace as a restricted free agent. With a first-round tender, Wallace would be free to negotiate with other NFL teams. He would sign a tender with the highest bidder, and the Steelers would have the right to match. Pittsburgh would receive a first-round draft pick as compensation if they decline to match.Colbert would not rule out the Steelers and Wallace remaining together for a long time. Colbert said it is possible the Steelers would use their franchise tag on Wallace.MAIOCCO: 49ers free-agent options at wide receiver
"The thing I can say for sure about Mike is that we want Mike to finish his career with the Steelers," Colbert said. "I'm very confident Mike wants to finish his career with the Steelers and play with a great quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger and the other receivers we have. We think he's only scratched the surface in what he can do. There's a lot left there that can still be developed. We're anxious to see it happen as a Steeler."

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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