“The seven teams in front of them all have franchise guys,” Walder said. “If Trey Lance makes it tough on them, that’s a really great problem to have. We don’t have evidence that that’s going to happen, and I don’t think that we have a lot of evidence that that should happen. I was impressed by what we got out of [Brock] Purdy, but we’re still talking about a limited sample on a seventh-round pick.”
“I think we’re still in kind of the back-burner stages as far as you and I are concerned,” Maiocco continued. “I’m sure the 49ers have their idea of where he should be. I’m sure Bosa’s representation has an idea of where he should be. I think it’s a more difficult contract than probably the last three contracts they had to do. Which was Kittle, Warner and Deebo.”
“An early first-round projection from ESPN’s Jordan Reid has San Francisco targeting BYU offensive tackle Kingley Suamataia with the 29th overall pick in next year’s draft.”
“The 2023 fifth-round pick from Georgia only started 10 of his 59 games across six years with a loaded Bulldogs defense. While his production wasn’t great (10.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss) he has all the tools to be an effective NFL player. He’s 6-3, 247 pounds with a wingspan eclipsing 82 inches and the speed to rip off a 4.44 40-yard dash. There’s a chance Beal becomes one of the team’s most productive edge rushers once he gets under the guidance of the 49ers’ coaching staff.”
“It was a big turning point because we had heard behind the scenes that Harbaugh was gone after the year,” Staley shared. “I was a huge Harbaugh fan — I still am a huge Harbaugh fan — and I wanted him to be there. So we got into this huge argument on the sidelines. I’m cussing him out, he’s cussing me out and I basically was like, ‘Fight for your job, man. Like we need you to feel like you’re a part of this.’ We have a new stadium, an amazing team, I came from four different coaches, I knew the situation and how bad it can be, I didn’t want to start that over again at that point in my career.
“From that point on, the season just got worse. We ended up not making the playoffs and he got fired and went to Michigan and then we kind of start over. Exactly what I didn’t want to have happen happened. That dark cloud over Levi’s Stadium and that transition with ownership, the disconnect there, was 100 percent true and it was real for probably the next three or four years.”