York: Moss decision 'up to Jim and Trent'


York: Moss decision 'up to Jim and Trent'

UPDATE: Matt Maiocco reports that Randy Moss' workout began at 11:30am PT and lasted 15 minutes; Moss and team reps are now talking within the 49ers' building.

SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss?Jed York, 49ers CEO, said that decision is up to coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke.Peyton Manning?That's a call that also belonged to Harbaugh and Baalke, York said Monday morning.Moss, the veteran receiver who sat out last season in retirement, returned to the 49ers practice facility after undergoing a physical at Stanford. He workout was slated to begin at 11:30 a.m., where Jim Harbaugh is slated to throw him passes.

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"Jim and Trent want to see if he can play," York said. "We need to add somebody who can stretch the field and it's up to those guys to see if he's a fit."Apparently, the 49ers determined Manning is not a fit."It's up to Jim and Trent," York said. "Whatever they want to do, I'm completely behind. And we'll make sure we do the right things for this team and continue to get better."The football people are here for a reason. If they're the ones who are going to be in charge of everything and be responsible, I have to make sure I listen to them, and I'll support them in whatever they need."RELATED: Jed York addresses Alex Smith's contract status
With free agency slated to start Tuesday, York said the team will likely take the same methodical approach as a year ago."I think it's going to be: Who fits us? What are we looking for? What do we need? I have full confidence in Jim and Trent to go out and get that done."We want to build through the draft and supplement through free agency. We had a good run last year and we need to get better."York said he knew of no imminent signings among the 49ers scheduled free agents.

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games. 

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NEW YORK -- NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches' challenges and what can be reviewed by officials.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items intended to reduce downtime during games.

The Eagles proposed four rules changes, including abolishing the leaping techniques that league football operations director Troy Vincent said Thursday "don't belong in the game."

Seattle and Buffalo co-authored a proposal allowing a coach to challenge any officiating decision, whether a foul is called or not.

"That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated next week," NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said.

Another major change would be the reduction of overtime in-season; the extra period in the playoffs would remain at 15 minutes. The powerful competition committee, of which Vincent and Blandino are members, believed it's a player safety issue, noting that number of snaps for games going to OT - especially deep into the overtime - is excessive. Especially if a team has a quick turnaround.

"We don't know where a team is going to be playing the next week, it could be four days later," said committee chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We felt we should put an end to it. We don't think it will lead to more ties. Could it? It could, but we are not concerned with that."

As for changing the format of overtime to ensure both teams always get a possession - a popular topic after how the Super Bowl ended - Blandino said the league's wants to keep the element of sudden death in the extra period.

The "leaper rule" has taken some priority among competition committee members, the players' union and coaches. Vincent said coaches have begun scheming how to defense it, which can "create a real safety issue."

"It is really in the best interest of the game" to outlaw leaping on kicks," Vincent added.

McKay noted that the NCAA is in the process of passing a similar ban on the technique.

During the meetings that run from Sunday to Wednesday, the teams will be shown plays the competition committee believes should result in suspensions or ejections. Game officials already have had the leeway to eject players, but it rarely has happened; there were three in 2016.

"They don't happen very often, let's give the players credit," McKay said. "We have 40,000 plays in a year. We'll show a tape that will have four or five plays that would warrant suspension. This is not a widespread situation."

Added Vincent, a former NFL defensive back: "When you see the plays, they are catastrophic. We had two players who did not return for the season. They are high-impact plays that belong out of the game. It will be a real point of emphasis this season."