Up-to-the-minute 49ers starters


Up-to-the-minute 49ers starters

One week into free agency, the 49ers have most -- if not all of their projected starters -- in the fold."I feel good about the way things are progressing," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday evening upon leaving the team's Santa Clara offices.Right guard is the one position where there figures to be intense competition for the starting job. Daniel Kilgore is penciled in as the starter, but at some point there will be a roster addition who will challenge him.Also, the 49ers appear to have three starting-caliber wide receivers with Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.Here's a look at the team's presumptive starters at this moment:OFFENSE
QB -- Alex Smith
(Colin Kaepernick is "just working" this offseason. Both he and Smith will be signed through the 2014 season, and Kaepernick will get a chance if he proves to the coaching staff he's improved enough to help the team; Scott Tolzien is the only other QB on the roster.)RB -- Frank Gore
(Kendall Hunter is the change-of-pace back; the club will look to give Anthony Dixon competition for more of an every-down back behind Gore; Rock Cartwright was added for his special-teams contributions.)
FB -- Bruce Miller
WR -- Michael Crabtree
WR -- Randy Moss
Slot -- Mario Manningham
(Kyle Williams and Joe Hastings are also on the roster. The 49ers will continue to look for depth in free agency and the draft.)TE -- Vernon Davis
(Delanie Walker remains with a vital role as the No. 2 tight end.)LT -- Joe Staley
LG -- Mike Iupati
C -- Jonathan Goodwin
RG -- Daniel Kilgore
RT -- Anthony Davis
(Alex Boone is the top backup swing tackle; free agents Geoff Schwartz and Leonard Davis have visited, as the 49ers look to add to the competition at right guard; at backup center Chase Beeler and Mike Person are possibilities.)DEFENSE
LDE -- Ray McDonald
NT -- Isaac Sopoaga
RDE -- Justin Smith
(Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs and Ian Williams are the backups here.)LOLB -- Ahmad Brooks
ILB -- Patrick Willis
ILB -- NaVorro Bowman
ROLB -- Aldon Smith
(Smith is slated to take over for Parys Haralson as a starter; Tavares Gooden is the backup on the inside with Larry Grant's status as a restricted fee agent yet to be determined.)LCB -- Carlos Rogers
RCB -- Tarell Brown
Third CB -- Chris Culliver
(Tramaine Brock will fight for a backup role, along with Curtis Holcomb and Perrish Cox; the 49ers gave veteran Shawntae Spencer permission to seek a trade, and his status has yet to be resolved Spencer was released last week, and he signed with the Raiders.)
FS -- Dashon Goldson
SS -- Donte Whitner
(C.J. Spillman is signed to spearhead special teams while also filling role as a backup)SPECIALISTS
PR -- Kyle Williams
(Ted Ginn remains unsigned, so this is an area that the 49ers must address.)
KR -- Kendall Hunter
K -- David Akers
P -- Andy Lee
LS -- Brian Jennings

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.