Safety Whitner says he's signing with 49ers

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Safety Whitner says he's signing with 49ers

Aug. 4, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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The 49ers agreed to terms Thursday with a starting safety, and his name is not Dashon Goldson.Donte Whitner, the former Buffalo Bills strong safety, announced on Twitter that he is signing with the 49ers."Its official...49ers it is!" Whitner wrote. "Funny how God works...instead of playing against the 9ers I'm playing w the 49ers."Whitner, 26, played his first five seasons with the Bills after being chosen with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2006 draft. Earlier Thursday, multiple reports pegged Whitner as signing with the Cincinnati Bengals. Whitner even confirmed that news on Twitter. But the 49ers made a late push to convince him to change his mind.In 66 career starts, Whitner has five interceptions. While big plays have been lacking, Whitner has been always been around the action. He racked up 140 total tackles last season, including 96 individual stops.Whitner signed a three-year, 11.75 million contract with 4 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. Earlier this week, the 49ers added veteran safety Madieu Williams, who agreed to a one-year, 1 million contract with no money guaranteed. Reggie Smith, who is a better fit at free safety, has been one of the 49ers top performers in training camp. Smith started seven games for the 49ers last season.With Whitner's arrival it would seem unlikely either Dashon Goldson or Taylor Mays will be on the 49ers this season. Goldson remains unsigned as a free agent, and the 49ers sent an email to NFL teams on Thursday to advertise that Mays was available in a trade, an NFL source confirmed.Goldson, who played his first four seasons with the 49ers, told his Twitter followers that he has played his final game with the 49ers.Sorry guys thanx for all ur support but not gonna be back. See ya, Goldson wrote.

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.