San Francisco 49ers Wiretap

Seahawks Hire Ken Norton Jr. As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 15, 2018 5:57 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator.

Norton previously worked for the Seahawks from 2010 until 2014 as linebackers coach. Norton left the franchise to become defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Norton was fired during the 2017 season.

Norton was hired recently to join the San Francisco 49ers as linebackers coach.

The Seahawks had been expected to fire current defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Seattle previously has had Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator during Pete Carroll's tenure. The Seahawks had been linked to bringing back Bradley this offseason.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady Disputes Celebrating Jimmy Garoppolo Trade

Jan 9, 2018 8:06 AM

Tom Brady is disputing a report by ESPN last week that he "seemed liberated" and "especially excited" the day after the New England Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo earlier this season.

"In 18 years I have never celebrated when a player was traded or cut. It is such a poor characterization, it's disappointing to hear," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston.

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Tags: New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Browns Were Willing To Trade No. 4 Overall Pick For Jimmy Garoppolo

Jan 8, 2018 3:47 PM

The Cleveland Browns were willing to trade the Houston Texans' first round pick in 2018 as a starting point for Jimmy Garoppolo. The Texans' pick has landed at No. 4.

The New England Patriots traded Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick while also adding Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady's backup.

Cleveland attempted to engage the Patriots multiple times leading up to the deadline.

The Browns' front office was baffled by how the Patriots were unwilling to negotiate with them on Garoppolo after they had made two trades together in 2016.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tom Brady Didn't Want To Advise Jimmy Garoppolo, Relieved By Trade

Jan 5, 2018 9:52 AM

While Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo were friendly and share the same agent, Brady didn't see it as his role to advise Garoppolo.

Similar dynamics have played out between Joe Montana and Steve Young as well as Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

Brady didn't even want to advise Garoppolo on simple things such as footwork.

When Garoppolo played well in 2016 with Brady suspended, Bill Belichick began to see Garoppolo as the final piece of his legacy in being able to compete without Brady.

After Garoppolo was knocked out of his second start because of a shoulder injury, he set up a visit at TB12. When he arrived, the door was locked and they also wouldn't answer his calls. Two weeks after he showed up, Garoppolo was eventually treated after a high-ranking staffer of the Patriots inquired.

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Tags: New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Bill Belichick Known For Seeking Trades That Benefits Both Sides

Jan 3, 2018 11:27 AM

The Jimmy Garoppolo trade looks like a win so far for the 49ers with the Patriots only acquiring a second round pick back for him.

Ian Rapoport was asked on The Not Sunday podcast whether he believed the Patriots made the right decision in trading Garoppolo.

“A hundred percent I think they made the right decision making the trade. In terms of them only getting a second-rounder, that happened for two reasons. One, that is basically the market. For a young quarterback who is going to get a contract extension, the market is a second-rounder — the same thing [Matt] Cassel got. Alex Smith was a proven commodity and he got traded for two second-rounders — a little more, but not a ton more. That is just the market. [Belichick] sought out the Niners, wanted to make sure [Garoppolo] was in a great situation, which obviously he is and sacrificed a little bit on draft picks to make sure he was in a good situation.

“Here is the thing about Bill Belichick. He trades a lot, obviously. He talks to everyone, and I am not sure there’s a team he won’t do business with. It helps him if this trade works out for both sides. The Patriots are going to get a second-rounder. It is going to be much cheaper. It might be a quarterback again, but we’ll see. It is definitely going to be much cheaper and it allows them big time flexibility in the draft, which you can do all sorts of fun things, and the Niners got their quarterback of the future. That is a win-win.

"One thing I always understood about Belichick trading is he does not want to win every trade. If you win every trade you start to become like the Atlanta Braves used to be in the early 2000s and the late 1990s. If the Braves wanted to trade you a pitcher, you would run for the hills because you knew something was wrong with him. If Belichick trades, he wants it to be where he is not trying to screw you over. I think he likes when trades are successful for both sides, so that means more people are going to want to do business with you. More possibilities for good trades. I would imagine he’s happy Garoppolo is doing well and that it is a win-win.

“Let’s say they didn’t trade Garoppolo. There were options. They had contract talks with him, tried to sign him to a new deal in the spring. They could have done it. They could have done it, but Jimmy wanted to play, and are you really going to trade Tom Brady for a young quarterback you just don’t know what you have? I don’t see it.”

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Tags: New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, IQ, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

49ers Will Make Every Effort To Sign Jimmy Garoppolo Long-Term

Jan 3, 2018 9:33 AM

The San Francisco 49ers will make every effort to make Jimmy Garoppolo their quarterback over the long-term.

"Look, we want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time, and that process is going to take place here and we're eager to get that done, to have the opportunity," John Lynch said in his season-ending news conference on Tuesday.

Garoppolo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but the 49ers would prefer to sign him to an extension before he hits the open market.

"I think one thing that we really believe is that those things should take place between us and his representatives, not occur and transpire in the public," Lynch said. "That's the way we're going to treat that. But you have our assurances and the fans do that we'd like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time."


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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2018 2:54 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

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Jimmy Garoppolo: I Like Being With 49ers

Jan 2, 2018 10:40 AM

The San Francisco 49ers went 5-0 with Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback.

“It was a good match between the 49ers and myself, and myself and the 49ers,” Garoppolo said.

“I think it was kind of the perfect match and it happened at the right time, and good things are coming from it.”

Garoppolo will be a free agent this offseason and the 49ers will tag him if they are unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

“I like being here,” Garoppolo said. “I think we had a good thing going at the end of this year. And we’ll see what happens.”

Garoppolo plans on speaking to his agent, Don Yee, about their approach to negotiations.

“We really haven’t even gotten that far, yet,” Garoppolo said. “I’m supposed to talk with him (Yee) in the next couple of days and I’ll get down to L.A., and we’ll figure all that stuff out and go from there, I guess.”

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

49ers Fine With Jimmy Garoppolo Altering Draft Position

Dec 27, 2017 11:08 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are 4-0 since installing Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback, which has completely changed their draft position. The 49ers were given a 95 percent change to finish with a top-five pick at one point, but now they would pick at No. 8 if the draft were to take place today.

The 49ers could fall out of the top-10 with a win in Week 17 at the Rams.

While the 49ers' draft position is taking a hit, they have confidence that their quarterback of the present and future is already in place.

"I feel the same now," Kyle Shanahan said. "I’m definitely enjoying things more right now. It’s always more nice to win, but the plans for us and the way we see the future and everything like that, nothing’s changed. This is part of the process. We’ve got one more game left, then we’ll relax for just a little bit, and really looking forward to the offseason also.”

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49ers Will Use Offseason To Build Around Jimmy Garoppolo

Dec 21, 2017 6:55 PM

With the 49ers securing their quarterback of the present and future at the trade deadline in Jimmy Garoppolo, they will be freed up to build around him.

“It frees you up in the draft to go looking for other needs and build your team around him,” John Lynch said.

Lynch also said he's had interest in Garoppolo since before the draft but Bill Belichick didn't want to trade him at that time.

The 49ers could use the franchise tag on Garoppolo if they're unable to sign him to a long-term deal.

“I know he loves it here. I know we want him to be part of our future for a long, long time,” Lynch said.

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49ers Didn't Know Jimmy Garoppolo Was 'This Special'
Jimmy Garoppolo has won his first five career starts and he's already had three game-winning drives.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

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49ers Waiting Until Offseason To Discuss Contract With Jimmy Garoppolo
The 49ers can use the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo, which means there is a lack of urgency on their end.

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49ers To Start Jimmy Garoppolo Week 13
Jimmy Garoppolo played the last 1:07 during last Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

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49ers To Decide On Starting Quarterback Midweek
The 49ers have yet to choose between C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback this week.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

49ers Anticipate Signing Jimmy Garoppolo To Franchise Tag
The 49ers have ample cap space to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a $25 million deal for one season.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Jimmy Garoppolo May Not 'Feel Totally Comfortable' Until 2018
C.J. Beathard has been familiarizing himself with the 49ers' playbook since May while Jimmy Garoppolo is taking a crash course to learn their offense.

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Marquise Goodwin Scores 83-Yard TD Hours After Losing Baby Boy
After scoring a lengthy touchdown in the first win of the season for the 49ers, Marquise Goodwin posted to his Instagram account that he and his wife's baby boy died Sunday morning because of complic

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Jimmy Garoppolo Won't Start For 49ers In Week 10
After playing the Giants this week, the 49ers have a bye.

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49ers Asked Patriots If They Could Trade For Tom Brady
John Lynch reportedly asked Bill Belichick if he'd trade Tom Brady, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Roger Goodell To Be Deposed In Kaepernick Collusion Case
Roger Goodell will be deposed and asked to turn over all cell phone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Not Yet Committed To Jimmy Garoppolo
The 49ers have approximately $60 million in cap space should they want to pursue Kirk Cousins, or they could use their high first round pick on a quarterback in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers May Not Play Jimmy Garoppolo This Season
Jimmy Garoppolo has only attempted 94 career passes.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Not Expected To Start In Week 9
The 49ers are expected to give Jimmy Garoppolo some time before they make him their starting quarterback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Acquire Jimmy Garoppolo From Patriots For 2nd Rounder
The 49ers owned two second round draft picks in 2018 and traded their own to the Patriots.

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Colin Kaepernick's Attorney Believes Collusion Smoking Gun May Exist
Mark Geragos also echoed a point regarding the potential value of digital evidence.

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49ers Don't Plan On Trading Carlos Hyde
Carlos Hyde's future with the 49ers is uncertain moving forward under John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Backed Out Of NaVorro Bowman Trade With Saints
The 49ers backed out of the deal when they learned NaVorro Bowman preferred to become a free agent and choose his next team.

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Raiders Could Play At Levi's Stadium In Week 6 Due To Fires
Levi's Stadium is located several miles south of Oakland in Santa Clara and hasn't been impacted as harshly by the fires.

Matt Maiocco/NBC Sports Bay Area

Browns, 49ers Have 90+ Percent Chance Of Top-5 Pick
After Week 5 of the 2017 NFL regular season, both the contending teams and those that will be at the top of the draft are becoming more clear.

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