Scouting combine kicks off this week


Scouting combine kicks off this week

Indianapolis, the host city of the Super Bowl earlier in the month, becomes the host city for the entire NFL this week.The top draft-eligible football players will begin arriving Wednesday for the annual NFL scouting combine, which concludes Tuesday, Feb. 28.
My yearly visit to Indianapolis will run Wednesday evening through Sunday. Coverage from the scouting combine will begin Thursday morning when 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh meet with the media.I'm sure a lot of you will have questions about the players at the combine. Here's one thing you should know about the media arrangements at the combine: People watching the NFL Network from home have a better view of the workouts than the media assigned to cover the event.Some media members are selected to view the quarterback-and-receiver sessions on Sunday, but, otherwise, the NFL Network cameras have a media monopoly on the workouts inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
But that's OK. The value of the combine from a media standpoint is the access to nearly every NFL coach and general manager, as well as a large number of the 327 draft-eligible players invited to participate.Here's a look at when the different position groups will be available to the media:
Thursday: Offensive line, tight ends, special teams
Friday: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Saturday: Defensive line, linebackers
Sunday: Defensive backsPlayers have four days of responsibilities at the combine that goes like this:
Day 1: Travel to Indianapolis, registration, hospital pre-examination and X-rays, orientation, interviews with teams.
Day 2: Measurements, medical exams, media, psychological testing, interviews with teams.
Day 3: NFLPA meeting psychological testing, interviews with teams.
Day 4: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills, departure from Indianapolis.I'll arrive back home Sunday night. And the TV coverage of the workouts will continue through Tuesday, when the defensive backs conclude their on-field work.
Which players do you believe would look good in a 49ers uniform next season?

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

San Francisco 49ers fans came together last season and raised money to fly an anti-Jed York banner over Levi's Stadium on three separate occasions. With the team 1-6 this year, there is a new push for a banner calling out a different member of the team’s front office. 

[REWIND: Banner flies over Levi’s calling for 49ers, York to mutually part ways]

On Monday a crowdfunding campaign was created with the goal of raising $1,076 by Oct. 28 in order to fly a banner that reads “49ers: Fire Trent Baalke” over Levi's Stadium on Nov. 6 before the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The fundraising goal was fulfilled in 11 hours by 58 people as it reached $1,095. 

The campaign proceeds are promised to Aerial Services of Livermore, which charges $1,024 for two hours of airtime, according to the post, and, which takes five percent of all funds raised -- $51.20.

The three banners that flew over Levi’s last season read “Jed York And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways," "Hold Jed Accountable," and "Jed Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A league source told the 49ers are neither shopping Smith nor is a trade anticipated.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.