Manning makes no sense for 49ers with Smith, Kaepernick around

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Manning makes no sense for 49ers with Smith, Kaepernick around

The 49ers plan to improve their quarterback position for next season. And they don't believe they have to make any big acquisitions for that to happen.Coach Jim Harbaugh reaffirmed on Monday he wants quarterback Alex Smith back on the team next season. League sources have told CSNBayArea.com they expect the 49ers and Smith to eventually agree on a two- or three-year contract worth 8 million to 11 million a year.Because of the lockout, Harbaugh and his staff did not work with Smith or rookie Colin Kaepernick during the offseason.
Smith turned in his best NFL season with career-bests in completion percentage (61.4), yards passing (3,150), touchdown-interception margin (17 to 5) and passer rating (90.7). Of course, he also started every game as the 49ers won the NFC West with a 13-3 record.RELATED: Alex Smith 2011 game logs
With the opportunity to remain in the same offense -- regardless of whether offensive coordinator Greg Roman is back -- both Smith and Kaepernick should have a better grasp of the system for the 2012 season.That's why it is unrealistic for the 49ers to invest greatly in another quarterback. They'll pay Smith like a starter, and he'll be only 28 years old next season. And they traded up in the second round a year ago to pick Kaepernick. They're leaving the door open for Kaepernick for the future, too.Peyton Manning's future is uncertain with the Indianapolis Colts, who are expected to select quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick. But don't look for Manning, who turns 36 in March and missed this season with a neck injury, to have any chance of ending up with the 49ers.

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.

Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.

Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.

Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.

The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.

Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.

Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.

Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.