Football must be getting closer because the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are exchanging players.
The Seahawks have added a defensive back to their roster, claiming former Niner D.J. Reed off of waivers per Ian Rapoport. The 49ers waived Reed with an injury designation on Monday.
Reed tore his pectoral muscle earlier this summer while working out on his own. He likely won’t be able to return until November at the earliest, and he could miss all of 2020. That makes this more of a down-the-road lottery ticket for Seattle. Reed was a valued member of the 49ers for his versatility to play corner, nickel and safety. The former Kansas State product was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
“We’re uniquely constructed to deal with this because, obviously, we’re in Santa Clara and there’s not huge nightlife,” Sherman told reporters Tuesday. “It’s not like we’re in Atlanta or Texas or Miami or Las Vegas or L.A., where there are a lot of distractions and a lot of places you can go and a lot of things you can do to get yourself in trouble.”
Without a speedster, Shanahan isn’t able to be 100-percent effective. It’s more like he’s 90 percent or 95 percent. Deep pass plays are not a staple in his offense anyways. Shanahan wants to attack the middle of the middle within 20 yards to allow the receivers to do damage with the ball in their hands. It is so key for this offense to click when Jimmy Garoppolo is hitting his receivers in stride.
So like I said, it isn’t a major deal-breaker that they do not have a vertical threat in their arsenal. But it’s like putting regular oil in a corvette instead of synthetic. It’ll run, but not at an optimal level. Should a defense crowd the field within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, there isn’t an option available to take a shot to heat check the defense.
Former San Francisco 49ers star tight end Brent Jones is selling his Lake Tahoe-area mansion for $10.9 million, reports Realtor.com. The sprawling 6,442-square-foot property in Incline Village, Nevada, is across from Burnt Cedar Beach. The house, which has five bedrooms and six bathrooms, features a large great room with a granite hearth, a wine cellar, theater as well as a master wing with a private deck. Outdoors there are lake views, fountains, and firepits, among other amenities.
Jones was born in Santa Clara and went to Leland High School and Santa Clara University. He played his entire 11-year career with the 49ers, winning three Super Bowls with the team.
3. Wide receiver
General manager John Lynch has taken some bites of the apple — Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne — but finding long-term contributors has been a struggle. A year ago, a big step forward was taken with the selection of Deebo Samuel. The South Carolina product was used in a variety of roles to accentuate his strength; movement skills with the ball in space.
One of the team’s two first round picks was spent on Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk is a shifty option in San Francisco’s downfield passing attack. A healthy Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd should also command some targets in that offense. There will be no shortage of speed for the NFC West franchise in 2020.
I suspect most of the key figures will remain in place for a while. The George Kittle contract is taking time but I’m expecting it to get done eventually. And I’d imagine Fred Warner’s extension would be next followed by a Jimmy Garoppolo re-structure or extension next offseason.
The big unknown for next spring is looming free agent tackle Trent Williams, who should land in the neighborhood of $18 million per season if he plays up to his standard. That might force the team to draft another tackle early.
Then it will start to get interesting following the 2021 season when Nick Bosa will be first eligible for an extension. His brother, Joey, just received one of the biggest contracts for a defensive player in history when he signed for five years and $135 million. Nick’s contract could be worth significantly more, in part, because the new television contract will cause a drastic rise in the salary cap.