49ers announce tenders for Grant, Brock

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49ers announce tenders for Grant, Brock

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have tendered contracts to restricted free agent linebacker Larry Grant and exclusive rights free agent cornerback Tramaine Brock, the club announced Monday.As CSNBayArea.com reported last week, Grant was tendered at the original round level of 1.26 million. Grant has no intention of signing the tender until he has a chance to test the market to see if a team is willing to sign him to a multi-year offer sheet.If Grant signs an offer sheet with another team, the 49ers would have the right of first refusal to match the contract. If they decline, the 49ers would receive a seventh-round draft pick as compensation.If no team signs Grant to an offer sheet by April 20, Grant will sign the tender and return to the 49ers for the 2012 season as the top backup at inside linebacker behind Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
Meanwhile, Brock has no outside negotiating power. Therefore, Brock will sign a one-year, 540,000 contract and would become a restricted free agent a year from now, after his third NFL season.Brock could figure prominently in the 49ers' upcoming season. Starter Carlos Rogers is scheduled to hit the free-agent market on Tuesday. Brock is the No. 3 among cornerbacks currently under contract to the 49ers behind Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver.Receiver Brett Swain, also a scheduled restricted free agent, did not receive a tender from the 49ers. He is free to negotiate with any team without the 49ers receiving any compensation. The 49ers could re-sign him at a minimum level.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.
 

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”