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Golden Nuggets: The Offseason is Heating Up

A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 edition.

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The first lull of the offseason is officially over, and the news and rumors have been rolling in at quite the pace. The combine has obviously fueled much of this, but the chatter surrounding upcoming free agents is starting to crop up as well, including a few storylines that affect the 49ers.

After a successful height and weight measurement at the combine, Kyler Murray has been rocketing in public draft boards, and his meeting with the Arizona Cardinals at the combine has only fueled speculation. Despite the now-infamous October 2018 remark by new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, I find it unlikely that they replace second-year, former first-round QB Josh Rosen. However, the higher Murray’s profile becomes, the valuable the top picks in the 2019 draft ultimately become.

Closer to home, however, the 49ers have expressed interest in bringing Jimmie Ward back. I know that a large section of the fanbase wants nothing to do with him, but I personally continue to believe that he can be a productive member of this team if he’s able to remain healthy. Luckily, John Lynch seems to echo that same sentiment, so we may just see Ward back in the red and gold in 2019. The timing of this story does overlap with a report that Earl Thomas has no interest in providing the Dallas Cowboys with a “hometown discount” - a revelation that may or may not bode well for the 49ers. Of course, we’ll have to wait to see what unfolds, but I’d say there’s a solid likelihood that one or the other is on this team come training camp.

Earl Thomas won’t take a discount for Dallas | Branch, SF Chronicle

Kyler Murray pushing up the public draft boards | Branch, SF Chronicle | Chan, NBC Sports Bay Area | Madson, Ninerswire

49ers want to resign Jimmie Ward | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area

Nick Bosa has all the tools the 49ers need in an edge rusher | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area

49ers open about their need for a WR | Biderman, Sac Bee | Madson, Ninerswire

Combine numbers not the end-all for John Lynch | Madson, Ninerswire

NFL sets 2019 salary cap at $188.2 million | Madson, Ninerswire

John Lynch impressed with safety prospect Johnathan Abram | Madson, Ninerswire