Source: Smith in middle of QB leverage battle

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Source: Smith in middle of QB leverage battle

If quarterback Alex Smith signed the 49ers' three-year, 24 million offer from the 49ers a week ago, the 49ers would have their quarterback and Smith would have a job for the 2012 season.Now, the 49ers do not have a starting quarterback and Smith's NFL future is in limbo.An NFL source told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday that Smith has nobody to blame but himself for presenting the 49ers with an opening to pursue free-agent Peyton Manning."It was in Smith's best interest to sign that deal a week, 10 days ago," said the source.Now, Smith finds himself in the middle of a leverage battle that involves the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. The Dolphins felt all along they would sign free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Now, they're getting nervous, the source said.MAIOCCO: Moving parts aplenty in 49ers' QB drama
Flynn is looking for the kind of contract Kevin Kolb signed a year ago with the Arizona Cardinals -- five years, 63 million with 21 million guaranteed. Neither the Seahawks nor Dolphins plan to commit that much money to Flynn, a four-year veteran with two career starts.
Flynn visited the Seahawks and Dolphins on back-to-back days, Friday and Saturday. Flynn could be the first domino to fall. Whichever team does not sign Flynn will then turn its attention to Smith.Smith is expected to visit the Seahawks this week, said another source, confirming a Sacramento Bee report.RELATED: Smith has visit lined up with SeahawksBut Smith is not expected to attract a contract from the Dolphins or Seahawks that is more lucrative than what the 49ers offered, the source said. Plus, the team that signs Smith is also likely to invest a high draft pick on a quarterback, the source said.Miami has the eighth overall pick, while the Seahawks are slated to select No. 12 overall.Whether the 49ers end up with Manning or Smith, the organization would not look to add a quarterback early in the draft. The 49ers traded up last year to select Colin Kaepernick with a second-round pick.The 49ers were not willing to offer Smith a lucrative contract with sizable guaranteed money because the team wants to keep the door open for Kaepernick to take over as the starter in the near future.The 49ers, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans are the remaining contenders to sign Manning.Manning has not informed the 49ers -- or the other teams -- about his time frame for making a decision, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Manning has acted unilaterally, the source said, and agent Tom Condon is not intimately involved in Manning's process. Condon also represents Smith.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”

 

 

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

49ERS
Doubtful
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Questionable
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

JETS
Out
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
Questionable
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)