Goldson is 49ers' top franchise candidate

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Goldson is 49ers' top franchise candidate

The 49ers have two defensive backs chosen to play in the Pro Bowl. Both are scheduled for unrestricted free agency.The 49ers can use the franchise tag to all but assure they retain either safety Dashon Goldson or cornerback Carlos Rogers. And Goldson is clearly the most likely candidate.
Obviously, the 49ers would like to re-sign both Goldson and Rogers to multi-year contracts. And Goldson and Rogers have stated their preferences to return to the 49ers. But two sides that might want the same thing can easily get hung up on how to achieve it.This could be the case with the 49ers and those players.Free agents have every right to seek the most-lucrative contracts their agents can achieve. The careers of NFL players are so short, those players have to get what they can before they head into their second careers.Goldson and Rogers tied for the 49ers lead with six interceptions. Both had very good seasons. But Goldson is the player the 49ers would franchise because it would cost less and they currently have nobody on the team to take his spot if he were to leave.RELATED: Dashon Goldson 2011 game logs Carlos Rogers 2011 game logs
The franchise tag for safeties is expected to be 6.2 million for one year. The tag for cornerbacks will be around 10.6 million. So it would cost more than 4 million extra for the 49ers to franchise Rogers over Goldson.Plus, the 49ers have nobody behind Goldson to take his spot. The 49ers' third safety this past season was Reggie Smith, who is also scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.A team source told CSNBayArea.com that the day after the season, the sides reached an understanding that Smith would look for an opportunity elsewhere. The 49ers are likely to sign another veteran safety to a minimum-type of contract andor select a backup safety in the draft.Meanwhile, the 49ers have a few more options at cornerback behind Rogers.The 49ers' third cornerback is Chris Culliver. The team believes he will be ready to start next season as a second-year player. Tarell Brown played well in his first full season as a starter. And the team's fourth cornerback, Tramaine Brock, will be back.RELATED: 2011 Game logs -- Chris Culliver Tarell Brown Tramaine Brock
Either way, the 49ers can be expected to look for cornerback depth in free agency and the draft. The club will not bring back eight-year veteran Shawntae Spencer at his scheduled 3.2 million salary for 2012. Spencer was active just nine times this season, and he did not suit up for either playoff game.It should be noted that neither Goldson nor Rogers will play in the Pro Bowl. Both cited minor injuries for not taking part in the game. Goldson had been bothered by an ankle sprain, while Rogers missed some practice time in recent weeks with a slight knee injury.

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.”