Alama-Francis has two-week window to prove himself


Alama-Francis has two-week window to prove himself

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers, a team short on outside linebackers in its exhibition game Saturday night, picked up three players at the position on Monday.Aldon Smith, still noticeably hobbled by a right hip bruise, put on pads for the first time since sustaining his injury on Aug. 10. Ahmad Brooks, the starter on the other side, also returned to the practice field after sitting out four practices, as well as Saturday's game.And making his 49ers practice debut was Ikaika Alama-Francis, 27, who played 35 games over the past five seasons with Detroit and Miami. Alama-Francis, whose first name is pronounced "e-KY-kuh," entered the NFL in 2007 as a Lions second-round draft pick.He signed a non-guaranteed, one-year 700,000 contract with the 49ers on Aug. 15. Per rules of the CBA ratified last summer, players newly signed in training camps must go through a three-day acclimation period before they are allowed to put on pads.So the first day Alama-Francis was allowed to fully suit up was Saturday -- for the 49ers' game against the Houston Texans. He was outfitted in full pads but did not play in the game.
"It's been pretty crazy," Alama-Francis said. "Game day was the first day I could put on pads. I'm just learning the playbook. Being in a 3-4 scheme the past three years in Miami, I can relate things, but the terminology is different. Everybody has different ways of doing things. There's a lot of studying ahead."Alama-Francis had recent tryouts with Kansas City and Oakland. The 49ers offer him a reasonable chance at a roster spot at outside linebacker, a position he played the past two seasons in Miami. Alama-Francis (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) was 15 pounds heavier as a defensive end earlier in his career.The 49ers carried just three outside linebackers last season, and they might want to open this year with a little more insurance. Parys Haralson appears set as the third outside linebacker.
The team's two draft picks at outside linebacker, Darius Fleming and Cam Johnson, do not figure to be on the 53-man roster after final cuts on August 31 due to knee injuries. Currently, journeyman Eric Bakhtiari is the No. 4 outside linebacker.Alama-Francis has been impressed in a short period of time with what he's seen with the 49ers. He has never been on a team with a winning record, and he played 13 games in 2008 for the winless Lions."Everything is really organized," said Alama-Francis, a native Hawaiian who played college football at the University of Hawaii. "Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, what he preaches really sinks in with the guys on the team. That's why they're winning. It's a great organization, and I'm glad to be a part of it."It's also going to be a hectic two weeks for Alama-Francis as he hopes to quickly prove he deserves one of the 49ers' coveted roster spots. Thirty-seven players must be trimmed from the roster over a five-day period, Aug. 27 to Aug. 31.
"I got a two-week window, so hopefully I can show them enough to be on this team for the 53," he said. "You know how the NFL works: 'Hey, come in, get the job done or go home.'"The train isn't stopping for anybody. It's not stopping for me, so I might as well ride it."

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

The 49ers on Wednesday informed multiple candidates for the team’s general manager position that they would not be brought back for second interviews, according to a team spokesman.

One of the individuals who did not make it past the first round of interviews is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a source told

Riddick was closely associated with coach candidate Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. McDaniels removed himself from consideration for the team’s head-coaching opening on Monday. Riddick previously worked in the personnel departments of Washington and Philadelphia.

“The 49ers pared down its list of general manager candidates (Wednesday) morning and thanked those who will not be included in the second round of interviews,” 49ers spokeman Bob Lange posted on Twitter. “Upcoming interviews will be announced as they were in the first round.”

The 49ers will seek second interviews with Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, along with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is also still believed to be in the mix.

One source described the 49ers’ general manager search as “fluid.” The 49ers are expected to formally offer Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the head-coaching position after the Falcons’ season has concluded.

The 49ers want to match a coach and general manager. Shanahan, if he officially accepts the 49ers’ offer, would likely be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

Source: Packers execs on list of 49ers GM finalists

Source: Packers execs on list of 49ers GM finalists

Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf will be among the finalists to receive second interviews for the 49ers general manager position, a source told on Wednesday morning.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton will also be among the finalists, reports the NFL Network, but a second interview with him has yet to be confirmed, a source said.

The 49ers are also expected to bring in another candidate or two for a second interview, a source said.

The second interviews are expected to take place after Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers play in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position.

The 49ers are expected to make a formal offer to Shanahan to become the team’s next head coach, and the NFL Network reported Tuesday night it is “almost certain” he will accept. The 49ers will be allowed to speak with Shanahan next week, regardless of Sunday's outcome, but are not allowed to hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season is over. 

The 49ers interviewed nine candidates for the general manager position. Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed his name from consideration on Tuesday.

Sources say that Kirchner and coach candidate Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, were in serious talks with the 49ers on Tuesday about filling the organization’s top two positions. But Kirchner and Cable felt like they were being used as leverage to land Shanahan as the head coach.

The other general manager candidates who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe were Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with the Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He and Wolf originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst received a new title prior to last season after Packers general manager Ted Thompson denied permission for him to interview for the director of player personnel job with the Tennessee Titans. He was also denied from joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel department in 2015 during Chip Kelly’s tenure with the team.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year.

Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf. He has also worked closely through the years with current NFL general managers Reggie McKenzie, John Schneider and John Dorsey.