Gruden backs 49ers assistant for ASU opening


Gruden backs 49ers assistant for ASU opening

SANTA CLARA -- Jon Gruden is pitching 49ers linebackers coach Jim Leavitt to replace Dennis Erickson as Arizona State coach."If they can hire a guy better than Jim Leavitt, I hope Arizona State hires him,'' Gruden said on ArizonaSports 620 radio Wednesday night.Erickson, the former 49ers head coach (2003-04) was fired late last month at ASU after five seasons in which he compiled a 31-30 record.
Between the time in 2010 that Leavitt was fired as South Florida coach and before Jim Harbaugh hired him in January to join the 49ers' staff, Leavitt and Gruden met daily at Gruden's office in Tampa, Fla., to watch film and talk football."I've had a chance to not only get to know Jim as a friend, but I've spent a lot of time in the last year or two just talking football with him," Gruden said. "He's passionate, intense. He's proven. The guy built South Florida from a trailer to No. 2 in the country three years ago. He has a different pizzazz about him. You have to meet him. He's very charismatic. I think he's a tremendous recruiter. I think it'd be an unbelievable coup for Arizona State if they could get him."Greg Roman, in his first season as 49ers offensive coordinator, would also be a logical college head-coaching candidate. He said he has not been contacted by any schools with vacancies."I'm focused strictly on this," Roman said.

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

Anquan Boldin owes the NFL some money.

The former 49ers wide receiver was fined $6,076 for throwing the football into the stands last Sunday near the end of the Lions' win over Washington.

Boldin tossed the ball into the crowd after his game-winning touchdown reception with 16 seconds remaining.

Through seven games this season, Boldin has registered 32 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

The 36-year old played for the 49ers from 2013 to 2015.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.