Randy Moss has apparently read the writing on the wall, as he tweeted farewell to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday."Wished we could've finished the job. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck in the future 9ers," Moss tweeted.Moss is due to become a free agent on March 12. He signed with the 49ers a year ago after sitting out the 2011 NFL season. In his tenure with San Francisco, he had 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 112 yards and no touchdowns in the 49ers' playoff run to last month's Super Bowl. Read More
With the exception of the final three plays of the Super Bowl, the 49ers seem to score a touchdown with every decision they make these days.
As first reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, followed by many other outlets, the Niners have sewn up a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs that will send Alex Smith packing when the new league year starts March 12. In return, the 49ers will receive a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) in this year’s draft and a conditional midround pick next year.
Two words: great deal. Read More
Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as the 49ers returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
And he hoped to get that chance again. Now, he appears to have it.
Former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren reportedly has talked to the Raiders about a leadership role with the team.
It was unclear what the position would be, but ESPN.com reported it would include leading the pursuit of a new stadium for the Raiders.
Holmgren is familiar with one member of the Raiders front office: general manager Reggie McKenzie, whom Holmgren worked with while coaching the Packers. Plus, Holmgren knows the Bay Area very well, growing up in San Francisco and working as an assistant for the 49ers from 1986-91. Read More
Alex Smith stepped into football’s biggest shoes when the 49ers selected him with the NFL’s No. 1 overall pick in 2005. In a town that expects godliness from its quarterbacks, he was never Joe Montana, Steve Young or even Colin Kaepernick. But throughout his eight years with the club, he embodied the purest ideals of team sports. Read More
It appears as if Alex Smith’s tenure in San Francisco could be over. But his new destination is still a mystery.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora tweeted Sunday night that the 49ers have told other teams inquiring that a deal for the quarterback is “effectively complete.”
The trade partner is not known, but NFL.com reported that the Kansas City Chiefs, who own the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft, seem most likely.
Any trade can’t be made official until the NFL’s new league season officially begins March 12. Read More
INDIANAPOLIS — Although his team made it all the way to the Super Bowl, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was asked to discuss less pleasant issues with the media at the NFL scouting combine Thursday.
What will he do with demoted quarterback Alex Smith? Was he concerned with the lack of productivity from last year’s draft class, especially that of wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, their first-round pick who saw minimal playing time?
Baalke has not made a decision on Smith, but reported that Jenkins is expected to begin working harder on self-improvement beginning this week. Read More
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles hired Tom Gamble to be vice president of player personnel.
Gamble spent the previous eight seasons with the defending NFC champion 49ers, including the last two as director of player personnel. The move was announced Wednesday.
Gamble will work in both the college and pro personnel departments. Read More
To get back to the Super Bowl and win it this time, here are some points for the 49ers to consider: Read More
BALTIMORE — Baltimore celebrated with its Super Bowl champion Ravens on Tuesday, with thousands of fans in purple lining the streets and packing the team’s stadium for a celebration.
Fans filled the square in front of City Hall and cheered when the team arrived and when players held the silver Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration in Charm City, including at City Hall, along the parade route and at the stadium. Read More