San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo was all smiles when he faced questions after signing the NFL’s richest contract.  Now, he has his left tackle in Mike McGlinchey as the 49ers head into training camp. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract is gargantuan, and worth every penny

Straight cash, homie. Jimmy Garoppolo will have that. To wit: if he…

Jimmy Garoppolo was all smiles when he faced questions after signing the NFL’s richest contract.  Now, he has his left tackle in Mike McGlinchey as the 49ers head into training camp. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
John Lynch, Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan answer questions at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Locking up Jimmy Garoppolo speeds up 49ers’ timeline to contend

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo is here to stay, and the 49ers are…

John Lynch, Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan answer questions at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Cassius Marsh (54) and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Jimmie Gilbert (47) celebrate during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers reward Cassius Marsh with two-year deal

Cassius Marsh was a pleasant surprise for the 49ers in 2017, and…

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Cassius Marsh (54) and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Jimmie Gilbert (47) celebrate during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Terrell Owens took a shot at the 49ers when confronted by TMZ's cameras. (Courtesy Collision Conf/Flickr)

Terrell Owens takes shot at 49ers while trying to escape TMZ cameras

Terrell Owens recently attempted to sidestep a TMZ cameraman at the Minneapolis…

Terrell Owens took a shot at the 49ers when confronted by TMZ's cameras. (Courtesy Collision Conf/Flickr)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo can’t stop winning

Jimmy Garoppolo is still undefeated this season. The 49ers quarterback got a…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry signs autographs before the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The Warriors won, 119-112. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

All-time great 49ers, Warriors share more in common than you’d think

The Golden State Warriors remind me so much of the San Francisco…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry signs autographs before the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The Warriors won, 119-112. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Saquon Barkley is out there, and with every Mock Draft, fans feel like their expertise is more validated. (Courtesy Penn State/Flickr)

The mock drafts, they’ve started and they’re still meaningless

When someone says, “It’s never too early to start thinking about X,”…

Saquon Barkley is out there, and with every Mock Draft, fans feel like their expertise is more validated. (Courtesy Penn State/Flickr)
Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter in baseball since Babe Ruth. Terrell Owens is a top-5 receiver of all time. Yet somehow it’s been an uphill fight for them to make it into their respective halls of fame. (Courtesy rocor/Flickr; Shutterstock)
Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter in baseball since Babe Ruth. Terrell Owens is a top-5 receiver of all time. Yet somehow it’s been an uphill fight for them to make it into their respective halls of fame. (Courtesy rocor/Flickr; Shutterstock)
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) (left) celebrates with San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Brock Coyle (50) after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Weekend wrap: Making sense of Reuben Foster’s arrest, the unfocused Warriors and inactive Giants

Quick hits with Kolsky In the local football world, 49ers LB Reuben…

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) (left) celebrates with San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Brock Coyle (50) after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers star linebacker Reuben Foster reportedly arrested for marijuana

With the NFL season over, 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster returned to Tuscaloosa,…

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ken Norton Jr. was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in November. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)

49ers add former Raiders d-coordinator to staff

As defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, Ken Norton Jr. oversaw some…

Ken Norton Jr. was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in November. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)
George Kittle and Trent Taylor grew as players and will provide the 49ers with receiving depth for years. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Grading the 49ers’ promising, turnaround second half with an eye for the future

The 49ers did it all in 2017. They ensured a top-10 position…

George Kittle and Trent Taylor grew as players and will provide the 49ers with receiving depth for years. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers don’t want to be subject of Hard Knocks

The Niners ended their season as the most intriguing story in pro…

John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo happy should be the 49ers' top priority this offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s happiness should be 49ers’ top offseason priority

SANTA CLARA — Keep Jimmy Garoppolo happy. The 49ers’ offseason to-do list has…

Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo happy should be the 49ers' top priority this offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The 49ers’ trade for Jimmy Garoppolo has the Faithful dreaming big about the team’s future. Even if they lose today, 2017 was a banner year for the franchise. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Regardless of Week 17 result, 2017 was a smashing success for 49ers

The five dates that made the rebuilding process take hold The 49ers…

The 49ers’ trade for Jimmy Garoppolo has the Faithful dreaming big about the team’s future. Even if they lose today, 2017 was a banner year for the franchise. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It would be a shame for 49ers, Eric Reid to part ways now

Eric Reid flew around the field on Sunday, when the 49ers beat…

San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo has thrived under pressure thanks to his ability to create “off script.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s genius shines when plays break down

SANTA CLARA — What Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to do with the…

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrived under pressure thanks to his ability to create “off script.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates the San Francisco 49ers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers beat best defense in NFL, dreams of future Super Bowls follow

SANTA CLARA — After Sunday’s masterpiece, there’s no such thing as hyperbole when…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates the San Francisco 49ers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can next year’s 49ers be this year’s Jaguars?

The 49ers’ current three-game win streak has the Faithful think big. And…

John Lynch keeps the players in mind as a general manager. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)