Young fan's Giant gesture touches Jacobs

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Young fan's Giant gesture touches Jacobs

SANTA CLARA -- A month after the New York Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs to avoid paying him 5 million for the 2012 season, the San Francisco 49ers acquired him as a free agent.And little Joe went scrambling to his piggy bank.
Jacobs received a letter from the mother of Joseph, 6, who attended a New York Giants game last season and fell in love with the eventual Super Bowl champs."He was very sad to hear that both you and Mario Manningham are no longer with the team," she wrote. "When he asked me why you were going to SF, I explained that the Giants did not have enough money to keep you. So, in an effort to convince you to return to NY, he wrote you the enclosed letter, and included money for you from his piggy bank."Joseph wrote: "So you could go to the Giants, here is my money."Enclosed was 3.36."I got the letter a couple days ago and it meant a whole lot to me," said Jacobs, who signed a one-year, 1.6 million deal with the 49ers. "That's a special thing and I wish every athlete could get that feeling. That definitely meant a lot for him to do that and put that concept together for one of his favorite players on one of his favorite teams."It meant a lot to me and gave me a lot of motivation. I want to do good and go out there and do the best I can for little Joe. After thinking about it since it happened, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life. When I go back to Jersey, we are going to have some fun together."Jacobs suggested he might take Joe and his own 5-year-old son for an outing at Chuck E. Cheese.

49ers comply with NFL's minimum-spending rule

49ers comply with NFL's minimum-spending rule

The 49ers are more than $41 million under the NFL’s salary cap, but the organization has nothing to worry about when it comes to spending the league minimum during the soon-concluding four-year period.

Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement that was ratified in 2011, each team was required to spend at least 89 percent of the salary cap in cash during a four-year period from 2013 through ’16.

The total salary cap per team during that period was $554.55 million, according to the NFL Players Association. The minimum each team was required to spend is $493.55 million.

The 49ers are comfortably above that mark with a total spending of $514.488 million, according to the NFLPA.

However, only three teams spent less cash than the 49ers: Oakland ($491 million), Carolina ($495 million) and New England ($500 million). The Raiders have until the end of the league year in March to comply with the league's minimum cap spending.

The next four-year period in which teams must spend at least 89 percent of the total salary cap begins next year and runs through the 2020 season.
 

49ers snap count: Buckner never comes out against Bears

49ers snap count: Buckner never comes out against Bears

CHICAGO – Rookie DeForest Buckner continues to be one of the most heavily-used defensive lineman in the NFL.

Buckner, whom the 49ers chose with the No. 7 overall pick, was one of just two defensive players to be on the field for every snap during the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Buckner is playing an inordinate number of snaps on the line, which generally consists of a handful of players who rotate in and out of the game. Buckner was credited with five tackles in the game.

Shaun Draughn, who opened the season as the 49ers’ No. 2 running back before briefly losing playing time to Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris, has returned to be Carlos Hyde’s backup. Draughn saw action on 25 offensive plays, while Hyde played 33 snaps.

Colin Kaepernick started his seventh game of the season and played the first 45 snaps before he was benched. Blaine Gabbert finished up, as he was on the field for the 49ers’ final 13 plays.

Neither quarterback experienced much success. Kaepernick completed one of five attempts for four yards. He was sacked five times and gained 20 yards on six running attempts. Gabbert was 4-of-10 for 35 yards. He was sacked late in the game for a safety.

Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:

Offense
58 -- LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
53 -- TE Vance McDonald
45 -- QB Colin Kaepernick
39 -- WR Quinton Patton
38 -- WR Torrey Smith
37 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
33 -- RB Carlos Hyde
25 -- RB Shaun Draughn, TE Garrett Celek
19 -- WR Chris Harper
14 -- WR Rod Streater
13 -- QB Blaine Gabbert
5 -- TE Blake Bell
2 -- RB DuJuan Harris

Defense
63 -- CB Jimmie Ward, DT DeForest Buckner
62 -- LB Nick Bellore, SS Antoine Bethea, CB Tramaine Brock
59 -- SS Jaquiski Tartt, LB Ahmad Brooks
51 -- LB Eli Harold
48 -- LB Gerald Hodges
47 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
28 -- DL Chris Jones
23 -- CB Rashard Robinson
21 -- DL Ronald Blair
14 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
13 -- DL Quinton Dial
11 -- LB Tank Carradine
2 -- DB Dontae Johnson, DB Vinnie Sunseri, DB Keith Reaser
1 -- DL Mike Purcell

Special teams
27 -- Johnson
23 -- Bell, Aaron Burbridge
22 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Draughn
19 -- Sunseri
17 -- Marcus Ball, Streater
12 -- Bellore, Tartt
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Harris
10 -- Kyle Nelson, Celek, Robinson, Purcell
8 -- Ward, Jones
7 -- Kerley
6 -- JaCorey Shepherd, Reaser
5 -- Phil Dawson
4 -- Buckner, Brooks, Blair
2 -- Andrew Tiller, Staley, Beadles, Garnett, Brown, Dial
1 -- Harper

Did not play
OL Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Quinton Dial