49ers scorecard: Smith returns, lineman gets away

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49ers scorecard: Smith returns, lineman gets away

Quarterback Alex Smith officially re-signed with the 49ers on Wednesday, and a lineman who could've been blocking for him decided to go elsewhere.Guard Geoff Schwartz, who visited the 49ers on Tuesday, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, he announced on Twitter. The 49ers were eyeing Schwartz as a possible replacement for Adam Snyder, who signed last week with the Arizona Cardinals.REWIND: 49ers look at O-lineman Davis, Schwartz
Schwartz started all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers in 2010 before spending last season on injured reserve with a hip injury. The Panthers did not tender Schwartz as a restricted free agent.
Meanwhile, the 49ers have just officially announced the signing of receiver Mario Manningham to a two-year contract.NEWS: Manningham: 'I wanted to go to the 49ers'
The only official move the 49ers announced Wednesday was Smith's signing.Smith signed a three-year contract that averages 8 million annually and includes 9 million in full guarantees, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. If Smith achieves all of his incentives over the course of three seasons, the deal's annual average would max out at 11 million.49ERS FREE AGENCY
Additions
--WR Mario Manningham (UFA, Giants): 2 yrsterms unknown.
--WR Randy Moss (UFA, Titans, 2010): 1 yr1.75 million, roster bonus up to 750,000, 1.5 million in incentives, no signing bonus. 2012 cap: 1.75 million.
--RB Rock Cartwright (UFA, Raiders): 1 yr950,000, 25,000 signing bonus. 2012 cap: 950,000.
--CB Perrish Cox (UFA, cut by Broncos): 2 yrs1.02 million. 2012 cap: 465,000.
--LS Brian Pontbriand (UFA, cut by Browns): 1 yr826,000; 2012 cap: 826,000.Re-signings
--QB Alex Smith (UFA): 3 yrs24 million, 9 million guaranteed.
--CB Carlos Rogers (UFA): 4 yrs29.3 million, 5 million signing bonus; 2012 cap: 5.5 million.
--LB Ahmad Brooks (UFA): 6 yrs37 million, 7.5 million signing bonus; 2012 cap: 2.85 million.
--DB C.J. Spillman (RFA): 3 yrs4.2 million, 925,000 signing bonus; 2012 cap: 1.08 million.
--LB Tavares Gooden (UFA): 1 yr700,000. 2012 cap: 540,000.
--CB Tramaine Brock (EFA): 1 yr540,000. 2012 cap: 540,000.
--DT Will Tukuafu (EFA): 2 yrs1.02 million; 2012 cap: 465,000.Franchise player
--S Dashon Goldson (UFA): 1 yr6.212 million (guaranteed when signed); 2012 cap: 6.212 million.Restricted tender
--LB Larry Grant (original round tender): 1 yr1.26 million, not signed.Subtractions
--OL Adam Snyder (UFA, Cardinals): 5 yrs17.5 million, 5 million signing bonus.
--WR Joshua Morgan (UFA, Redskins): 2 yrs11.5 million, 5.5 million signing bonus.
--CB Shawntae Spencer (released, Raiders): The 49ers saved 3.3 million.
--LB Blake Costanzo (UFA, Bears): 2 yrs1.865 million, 400,000 signing bonus.Unsigned free agents
--WR Ted Ginn (visits: Detroit, Baltimore, Minnesota).
--RG Chilo Rachal
--S Reggie Smith
--FB Moran Norris
--TE Justin Peelle
--S Madieu Williams
--WR Brett Swain (not tendered RFA)Free agent visits
--QB Peyton Manning (UFA, cut by Colts) March 13, Durham, N.C.: Signed with Broncos.
--G Geoff Schwartz (non-tendered RFA, Panthers) March 20: Signed with Vikings.
--WR Chaz Schilens (UFA, Raiders) March 13: Signed with Jets.
--WR Brandon Lloyd (UFA, Rams) March 14: Signed with Patriots.
--G Leonard Davis (UFA, Lions) March 14: Unsigned.Note: All contract figures obtained by CSNBayArea.com through league sources.

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich had a strong indication he would be fired as Oregon’s head coach. And he said he told Chip Kelly recently he would have no hard feelings if Kelly left the 49ers to return to coach the Ducks.

Kelly this week said he is not interested in abandoning his job with the 49ers to coach in the college ranks. Helfrich suggested during a radio interview on Friday that Kelly told him the same thing privately.

When it was suggested that Kelly hated to recruit, Helfrich did not disagree.

"That's a fact," Helfrich said in an interview on ESPN Radio's Russillo and Kanell. "I don't know hated recruiting. . . a dislike. A strong dislike. But I think Chip has that challenge in his mind right now to make it right in the NFL.

"I had some of those conversations with him a couple weeks ago when it looked like this was going south. That was a very awkward converation, but (I) just wanted to let him know that to take our personal relationship out of it in every way, shape or form if he wanted to consider this.

"But, me, reading between the lines, I think he wants to make it right in the NFL. I think he wants to win at that level. He's had a rough go of it this year, but he'll get it right."

Kelly compiled a 46-7 record in four seasons in Eugene, Ore. He left after the 2012 season to accept the head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was fired late last season and took the 49ers job two weeks later.

In Kelly’s first season with the 49ers, the club is 1-10. The 49ers are on a franchise-long 10-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Helfrich was 37-16 in his four seasons at Oregon after his promotion from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kelly said he spoke with Helfrich the morning after he was fired.

“I just felt bad for Mark. I love him like a brother,” Kelly said. “He’s a tremendous person. He’s a hell of a football coach, but he’s an even better person. Just felt for him and the rest of the guys on that staff. It’s an unfortunate thing that goes on in this profession. We all know about it when we sign up, but when it happens you’re still taken aback by it.”

Kelly said he hoped his denial of any interest in the Oregon job would end all speculation about his future. When asked if intends to remain with the 49ers, Kelly said on Wednesday, “Yep. So we're all done with that, I hope."
 

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Defensive lineman Quinton Dial, who sat out last week’s game with knee and neck issues, will return to action Sunday for the 49ers at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.

Dial was not listed on the team’s injury report after going through two limited practices this week. The 49ers had only a walk-through Friday in Orlando, Fla., but Dial was cleared to return to full activity, the team announced.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton (concussion) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) were both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Patton appears to be on pace to be cleared in the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. He has returned to non-contact football activity after sustaining a head injury last week against the Miami Dolphins.

Lynch has already missed four consecutive games with a high-ankle sprain. Lynch has appeared in only three games this season. He sat out the first four games of the year while serving a four-game suspension for violating the leageu’s policy of substances of abuse.

The Bears listed six players as questionable for the game, including outside linebackers Willie Young and rookie Leonard Floyd. Young leads Chicago with 6.5 sacks, while Floyd is second with five sacks.

Quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Matt Barkley will make his second career start.

49ERS
Questionable
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
WR Quinton Patton (concussion)

BEARS
Out
QB Jay Cutler (right shoulder)
Questionable
LB Willie Young (knee)
S Adrian Amos (foot)
WR Eddie Royal (toe)
LB Leonard Floyd (concussion)
CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle)
G Josh Sitton (ankle)