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Golden Nuggets: Todd Gurley says he’s “definitely thought about playing for the 49ers”

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Friday, February 5, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

This is random, but I found it hilarious that when you scroll through the available props for Super Bowl Sunday, you can beg on the design of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s sideline mask.

Not to be outdone, there’s also a prop that lets you wager on which head coach’s nostrils, yes, nostrils, will be shown first.

Falcons’ Todd Gurley has thought about playing for 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan

“Kyle, he knows how to dial it up. He knows how to dial it up, for sure.”

“Even dealing with all the injuries this year with the 49ers, he was still able to put points up with the backup quarterbacks and whoever was in there at receiver or running back.”

“I’ve definitely thought about that (playing for the 49ers). Shanahan’s a great coach.”

Lance Zierlein 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Patriots, 49ers select QBs in Round 1

School: North Dakota State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Lance could go higher with a run on quarterbacks. If he’s available at 12th overall, he might be too enticing to pass up. His background and skill set fit perfectly within Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

49ers Keep or Release: Defensive End

Hyder put together the best season of his career in 2020. Starting 14 games in place of Nick Bosa, Hyder would finish with 8.5 sacks and 49 tackles. Hyder’s best game came in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams when he was able to compile two sacks, hit quarterback Jared Goff four times, and recover a fumble

Keep or Release: Hard to keep

Bringing Hyder back for 2021 should be a priority for the 49ers, but with pass rusher becoming a premium position they may not be able or willing to spend what Hyder will command in free agency. While adding a pass rusher to replace Ford is a necessity, San Francisco must not fall into the same trap of giving big money for a single season like they did with Armstead.

Does Jimmy Garoppolo Need Surgery?

Something doesn’t add up.

Jimmy Garoppolo re-injured his high ankle sprain in Seattle on Nov. 1. That was more than 12 weeks ago. The 49ers said he’d be healthy in six to eight weeks and he did not need surgery.

But he never played again in 2020. And in January of 2021, he said his ankle still wasn’t 100-percent healthy. And now, Ric Bucher reports that the severity of Garoppolo’s ankle injury is one reason the 49ers are looking for a new quarterback.

Sounds to me like the ankle might need surgery. And if that’s the case, what are the 49ers and Garoppolo waiting for?

3 prospects at Senior Bowl cite 49ers among best meetings

Notre Dame edge rusher Daelin Hayes and San Diego State cornerback Darren Hall and Ohio State defensive lineman Jonathan Cooper told Draft Wire’s Justin Melo that San Francisco stood out in their Senior Bowl meetings. Hayes met with 31 of the 32 teams. Hall and Cooper met with all 32.

Cooper followed a similar path to Hayes. The 6-4, 257-pound defensive end played just four games in his fourth year and returned for a fifth college season. He posted 77 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks in 37 games with the Buckeyes.