Source: 49ers going after CB Wright


Source: 49ers going after CB Wright

The 49ers are making a "huge push" for free-agent cornerback Eric Wright, a source told on Tuesday, and the San Francisco native is expected to make a decision within the next 12 hours.Wright, 26, started all 16 games at right cornerback for the Detroit Lions last season. He is a five-year veteran who played his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns.Wright (5-10, 190) was the Lions' third-leading tackler with 73 stops on the season. He recorded four interceptions and broke up a team-leading 16 passes. Wright has 13 interceptions in five seasons.
Wright is no relation to the former 49ers cornerback of the same name.The 49ers are also interested in Kansas City free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr, ESPN reported. The 49ers appear to be moving on from Carlos Rogers, an unrestricted free agent who earned a trip to the Pro Bowl last season with six interceptions.
Carr, a four-year veteran, recorded four interceptions and 13 passes defensed for the Chiefs last season. The Dallas Cowboys reportedly lined up the first visit with Carr and are considered the favorite to sign him.
Earlier Tuesday, the 49ers signed Perrish Cox to a two-year, minimum contract. Cox did not play in the NFL last season.

49ers' Kaepernick benched in fourth quarter vs Bears

49ers' Kaepernick benched in fourth quarter vs Bears

CHICAGO -- Trailing by 18 points early in the fourth quarter Sunday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly had seen enough from quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kelly benched Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert after Kaepernick and the 49ers' passing game was non-existent against the Chicago Bears on a snowy day at Soldier Field.

Kaepernick completed just one of five pass attempts for 4 yards. He was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards to give the 49ers minus-21 net yards passing in his three quarters of action.

Gabbert entered with the 49ers trailing 24-6, and his first pass was an 18-yard completion to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The series ended with a punt when tight end Vance McDonald dropped a pass from Gabbert on a third-and-10 situation.


Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Los Angeles Rams have given coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead contract extensions.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman confirmed the moves before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The deal for Fisher was first reported by the NFL Network, which said it was a two-year extension through 2018.

Twyman said he couldn't comment on terms of the deals. He said, "I think that's something coach Fisher will discuss after the game."

In his fifth season with the Rams, the first four in St. Louis, Fisher has presided over a 31-43-1 record. They have yet to finish above .500 in his tenure and they haven't made the playoffs since 2004.

Snead also became the Rams' general manager in 2012, taking over a 2-14 team.

Both Fisher and Snead were in the final month of their deals. Owner Stan Kroenke, who moved the franchise from St. Louis to Los Angeles this year, has praised Fisher, a Southern California native, for capably shepherding the team's move.

Fisher was in a similar position in 1997 when the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville. He oversaw that transition during his fourth season in charge of that franchise, and by 1999 the Titans were AFC champions, losing, coincidentally, to the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Fisher coached the Titans through 2010, then was hired by the Rams after sitting out the 2011 season.

Fisher also has been a co-chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, which helps set the rules.

Before joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 seasons in the Falcons' front office.