49ers Mailbag: Market will decide Rogers' future


49ers Mailbag: Market will decide Rogers' future

Free agency is scheduled to begin in a week, and we open up the 49ers Mailbag this morning to a few questions asking us to speculate on what might occur.Do you think the 49ers sign Carlos Rogers? And if not, what is the plan at CB? (Joel Ellis)
The 49ers have sole negotiating rights with cornerback Carlos Rogers -- and each of their scheduled free agents -- until March 13 at 1 p.m. (PT).As of this moment, it looks as if Rogers will hit the open market. Then, the market will dictate what happens. Rogers will be 31 when the season begins. And if he can't get the kind of deal he desires from any of the other teams in the NFL, then the 49ers will have a good chance of retaining him.As for the backup plan: The 49ers drafted Chris Culliver in the third round last year. The team believes he will be ready to step in as a starter. Tarell Brown is already pretty solid on the other side.

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So if Rogers does not return, look for the 49ers to sign a veteran cornerback at a bargain rate, perhaps add another draft pick, and have those players compete, along with Tramaine Brock, for their roles.Do you think the 49ers are more likely to target Vincent Jackson or Mike Wallace? Or is another WR more likely? (Patrick Surad)
Both.That's right, both. The 49ers have targeted both Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace at a specific price.RELATED: Maiocco -- A look at NFL free-agent class
The 49ers do not get into bidding wars for players, though. So if one of those players accepts the deal that the 49ers have budgeted, then they'll get it done. If not, the 49ers will move on to the next player at the next price that they've determined fits with what they're trying to build.Not a lot of depth behind Aldon (Smith) and (Ahmad) Brooks if they let (Parys) Haralson go. Will the 49ers address OLB in FA or draft for depth? (Matt Polverari)
The 49ers have to figure out if 2.75 million is too much to commit to Haralson as a backup this season. (After all, general manager Trent Baalke already said that Smith will be an every-down player in 2012.)Regardless, the 49ers can be expected to add to the outside linebacker position in free agency. They'll be looking for some veteran depth. And, depending on how the draft falls, they could look to add a piece in the middle or late rounds, too.The 49ers had only one developmental player at outside linebacker last season. After Brooks signed his contract extension with the 49ers last week, Monte Simmons (Kent State) decided his best chance was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Simmons was an undrafted free agent who spent all of 2011 on the 49ers' practice squad.
Any chance the Niners go after G Carl Nicks or would the price be to high? (Matt Santos)
I believe the price would be too high. The 49ers would likely have to make Nicks their highest-paid offensive player to get it done. The 49ers could add more of a bargain veteran for competition. And they could use another draft pick on an interior lineman. Look for the 49ers to re-sign Adam Snyder and have him compete with Daniel Kilgore, who shows good promise. He spent most of his rookie season inactive on game days.

Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow


Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday

Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
Full participation
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers


Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Brandon Marshall supplied 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward with the first learning experience of his NFL career early in his rookie season.

Ward has a vivid memory of the game – just his second in the NFL – and the three touchdowns passes Marshall caught on him to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the 49ers in the first regular-season game played at Levi’s Stadium.

But Marshall, now a member of the New York Jets, admitted Wednesday to having a fuzzy recollection of that game due to painkillers he was prescribed in order to play in the game. Marshall, an 11-year NFL veteran, was in his third and final season with the Bears.

“Well, I don’t really remember much about that game because, uh, I worked really hard to get back from a high-ankle (sprain) . . . I don’t want to go there,” Marshall said, beginning to laugh on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills, so . . . I took a couple of pain pills to mask the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle, you know, within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. So I don’t remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. That was pretty much it.”

Marshall was listed as questionable for the game. On the day of the game, ESPN reported, citing a source, that there was a "75 percent" chance neither Marshall nor Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would play. Both receivers played in the game.

Marshall had five receptions for 48 yards with touchdown catches of 17, 5 and 3 yards while being matched in the slot against Ward, the 49ers’ first-round pick in that year’s draft. That game served as a study guide for Ward.

“Yeah, I watched it a lot,” Ward said. “It was my welcome-to-the-NFL game. Just looking forward to going against Brandon Marshall for the second time in my career.”

Ward will undoubtedly see plenty of Marshall on Sunday when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Marshall may not remember much from facing Ward two seasons ago, but he said he has been impressed with what he sees on film.

“I think he’s really tough,” Marshall said. “He’s tough and he’s crafty and savvy. This is a guy that seems to really study the game and understands his opponent. If you go out there and give him the same release two or three times in a row, nine times out of 10, he’s going to get the best of you. We have to do a better job than him this week of studying film and trying to outwork him mentally.”

Marshall’s revelation that his memory of the 2014 game against the 49ers is clouded due to the use of painkillers comes at a time when Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week said on the Warriors Insider Podcast that he tried marijuana in hopes it would provide relief during the back issues that forced him to take a leave of absence of nearly four months.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

When asked for his stance on whether the NFL should reconsider its position to include marijuana as a banned substance, Marshall received some direction from a Jets public-relations employee who could be heard in the background of the call saying that Marshall “knows better than that.”

But Marshall answered the question, saying that he wants to learn more about the subject.

“I do not have a stance on that," Marshall said. "That is something that I actually want to research more this offseason when I have time. I’m not a guy that knows about the benefits of what it can do for pain and other things. But I’d like to hear others’ opinions and really research the effects it can have on us -- positives and negatives.”