49ers creating cap space to pursue Asomugha

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49ers creating cap space to pursue Asomugha

July 27, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have a big need at cornerback and they have enough wiggle room to make a play for the top player on the NFL's open market.The 49ers are going strong after Raiders free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, former Raiders executive and NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi reported Wednesday.However, the New York Jets are the 49ers' main competition for the Asomugha's services, Lombardi reported. The Houston Texans are also believed to be pursuing Asomugha, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and considered one of the top corners in the league.
The 49ers will cut 2.375 million in salary with the release of reserve quarterback David Carr on Thursday. The club also plans to create plenty of cap space by addressing Nate Clements' 15 million cap figure. If Clements does not agree to a drastic reduction, the 49ers will likely release him, sources have told CSN Bay Area. The 49ers have more than 8 million in cap space before touching Clements' contract.
The 49ers did not get into a bidding war Wednesday to retain starting center David Baas, perhaps to save cap space for a run at Asomugha, an NFL source said. Baas agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Giants that will pay him money commensurate with the top three or four centers in the league, the source said.The 49ers have discussed Chicago Bears veteran center Olin Kreutz, an unrestricted free agent. The club has also agreed to terms to re-sign veteran Tony Wragge, a source confirmed. Wragge, a six-year veteran, has two career starts at center.
In addition to drafting two offensive tackles -- Daniel Kilgore of Appalachia State and Mike Person of Montana -- that they plan to shift to center, the 49ers have also signed undrafted rookie Chase Beeler of Stanford.Beeler, an All-American who played college ball under 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, knows the 49ers' offensive as well as anyone on the team. He assisted the 49ers' offensive line during a week of workouts recently at San Jose State.

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."