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Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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Richard Sherman had a press conference on Tuesday in Santa Clara and he is still defending the deal he negotiated on his behalf with the 49ers. He signed a 3 year deal that is tied to incentives to be on the field and to perform. There has been a lot of criticism about not using an agent and getting more money for his contract. He’s not worried about the contract and thinks other players will take that route in getting deals done.

As a veteran cornerback and coming off injury, he wants to get back on the field to contribute. But he also knows that he will be looked to mentor the young players on the team. His opposite corner, Ahkello Witherspoon is coming off a good rookie season. He could be helped tremendously by watching Richard Sherman prep, play, and by the words of advice Sherman could give him. Reuben Foster could also use a mentor. Richard is up to the task and hopefully he can help position Foster on a better path than he is currently on.

The 49ers announced the signing of veteran guard Jonathan Cooper. Cooper, a former 7th overall pick, played for the Dallas Cowboys last season. He was drafted in 2013 and is now going to his 5th team. He is expected to compete for a guard spot with Joshua Garnett and Laken Tomlinson also in the mix. The team is also bringing free agent Jaylen Watkins in for a workout. Jaylen last played for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has played safety and corner for Philly. If signed, he will add much needed depth to the defensive backfield.

49ers links

Including Eric Reid | Safeties available (Gantt)

Jerry’s contract details (Wagoner)

Corner help | Jaylen Watkins (Alper)

Looking at another corner (Branch)

Meeting with a free agent (Maiocco)

Still looking for corner help (Barrows)

Should be fun to see how Shanahan uses him | McKinnon’s work ethic (Williams)

Bringing in a former Eagle for a visit (Inman)

Daniel Kilgore’s week (Maiocco)

Saving it for some resignings | Cap space savings (Biderman)

Will they call him? | Allen Hurns now available (Biderman)

Mailbag (Barrows)

Working out Jaylen (Biderman)

3 things from Richard Sherman (Inman)

Hopefully he comes back healthy | Sherman should be ready by May or June (Williams)

Adding OL help | Jonathan Cooper (Alper)

Signing Jonathan Cooper (49ers staff)

A battle between Cooper, Garnett, and Tomlinson | Competing for a guard job (ESPN)

OL depth (Barrows)

Help Reuben out Sherman | On and off the field contributions (Maiocco)

Doubt this becomes a trend | Why Sherman negotiated 49ers contract (Ruiz)

OL competition added (Inman)

1 year deal for Cooper (Cohn)

Not a good sign that he has not caught on | Fifth team for Cooper (Branch)

Cooper will compete for starting job (Biderman)

Sherman doesn’t care about your feelings on his deal | Defending his deal (Barrows)

Switching corners | Dontae visits Seahawks (Williams)

Sherman’s feelings on 49ers deal (Wagoner)

Interesting detail | New detail on Sherman’s contract (Biderman)

Sherman on Eric Reid (Williams)

Time to up that pass rush production | Eli Harold (Fann)

Now to climb up the division standings | Up the offseason power rankings (Martin)

Richard’s presser (Branch)

5 quotes (Fann)

49ers audio

Insider podcast (Maiocco)

49ers offseason (49ers audio)

49ers video

Sherman’s press conference (Sacramento Bee video)