San Francisco 49ers: Colt McCoy

As training camp creeps closer, let’s take a look at what has gone on so far with the 49ers this offseason:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins), center Jonathan Goodwin (Saints).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free-agent additions: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings), receiver Brandon Lloyd (last with Patriots in 2012), quarterback Josh Johnson (released by Cincinnati), linebacker Blake Costanzo (Bears).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami, receiver Stevie Johnson from Buffalo.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver for Brown.
Free agency and the 2014 NFL draft are in the books and the San Francisco 49ers are essentially out of money. So let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), Cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings), Receiver Brandon Lloyd (last with Patriots in 2012).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami, receiver Stevie Johnson from Buffalo.

Remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.

Updated offseason scorecard

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Free agency continues and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), Cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings), Receiver Brandon Lloyd (last with Patriots in 2012).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Reportedly interested in: Receiver Josh Morgan (Washington free agent), but there hasn’t been any movement in the past several weeks, and the Lloyd signing likely ends any Morgan thoughts.

Remaining free agent: Center Jonathan Goodwin.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.
Now that Colt McCoy has signed with the Washington Redskins, there is one remaining San Francisco 49ers free agent -- center Jonathan Goodwin.

It might stay that way for a while.

The 49ers haven’t closed the door on Goodwin, but he is far from a priority. The team is expected to give Daniel Kilgore a chance to replace Goodwin as the starting center. The team could also draft a center to groom.

I think if the 49ers don’t think Kilgore can handle the job, perhaps they could make a call to Goodwin down the road. Goodwin, 35, has considered retirement, but has indicated he is still interested in playing.
Colt McCoy officially became a former San Francisco 49er when he signed Thursday with the Washington Redskins.

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In reality, McCoy was gone as soon as the season ended. It was clear the 49ers were ready to move. In fact, they considered it several times last year, but he ended up making it through the season as Colin Kaepernick's backup.

McCoy's fate in San Francisco was ultimately sealed when the 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert last month.

The team also has McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who finished last season on the practice squad. The 49ers may also draft a quarterback as early as the middle rounds. Coach Jim Harbaugh has worked out several prospects.
Free agency continues and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Free agent additions: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), Cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings)

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Who they are reportedly interested in: Receivers DeSean Jackson (49ers reportedly called Philadelphia about a possible trade, although the 49ers deny it) and Josh Morgan (Washington free agent).

Remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin, quarterback Colt McCoy.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.
The San Francisco 49ers continued to add depth to the cornerback position by bringing back Perrish Cox on a one-year deal, his agent tweeted Tuesday.

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Cox is expected to sign this week. He was to be a restricted free agent, but the 49ers didn’t tender him.

Cox bounced on and off the 49ers’ roster last season, but did play in the playoffs. He beat out veteran Eric Wright for playing time in the postseason. However, the 49ers signed Wright two weeks ago, indicating he is a bigger priority moving forward than Cox.

Cox, though, does lengthen the 49ers’ options at cornerback. Last week, we looked at where the position stands. So, Cox increased depth, at least, during training camp.

The 49ers will very likely use a high draft pick on a cornerback who will play a lot as a rookie.

The 49ers have just two remaining unrestricted free agents -- center Jonathan Goodwin and quarterback Colt McCoy. Only Goodwin has a chance to return, but that might be down the road.

49ers' remaining free agents

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With special-teams ace Kassim Osgood re-signing on Monday with the San Francisco 49ers, their list of unrestricted free agents is dwindling. Let’s take a look:

Perrish Cox: The 49ers brought back Eric Wright and signed Chris Cook from Minnesota. I wouldn't close the door on Cox, who played well in the playoffs, coming back at some point, but he's clearly not a priority.

Jonathan Goodwin: I could also see Goodwin coming back at some point, perhaps after the 49ers take a look at their young centers. If Daniel Kilgore struggles, San Francisco could always turn to the crafty veteran.

Colt McCoy: McCoy most certainly will not return. The 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert to be the backup quarterback.

The team cut cornerback Carlos Rogers, and he is still on the open market.
Free agency is trudging on and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants)

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers

Free-agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings)

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Dolphins

Who they are reportedly interested in: Receivers DeSean Jackson (49ers reportedly called Philadelphia about a possible trade) and Josh Morgan (Washington free agent)

Remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin, quarterback Colt McCoy, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin

Update: New Atlanta receiver/returner Devin Hester told reporters the 49ers were one of the teams interested in him. It makes sense. The 49ers have shown interested in many receivers this offseason. The two receivers they are reportedly interested in now are Jackson and Morgan, a former 49er. Getting Jackson would make the make the biggest impact, but the 49ers would have trouble fitting him under their tight salary cap.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blaine Gabbert never became the franchise quarterback former Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith envisioned when he traded two picks to get him in the first round of the 2011 draft. The Jaguars finally gave up on Gabbert last Tuesday when current GM David Caldwell traded Gabbert to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft and a possible conditional pick in 2015.

ESPN.com Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco and 49ers reporter Bill Williamson break down the trade:

DiRocco: Blaine Gabbert clearly wasn't in the Jaguars' plans any longer and I, like most people, expected the team to release him at some point -- though I thought he'd at least go to training camp. But GM David Caldwell was somehow able to work out a trade with 49ers GM Trent Baalke to send Gabbert to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2015.

What does Baalke like about Gabbert and why did he swing that trade?

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Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesUnder the guidance of coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers are hoping that Blaine Gabbert can finally flourish.
Williamson: The 49ers had 12 draft picks and they have a stacked roster, thus, low-round draft picks don’t mean much to them. Baalke and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh (who loves taking fliers in young quarterbacks) were both at Gabbert’s pro day three years ago and they had him visit prior to the draft. The 49ers have a need for a backup and always kept Gabbert in mind. I know it may have come as a surprise to folks in Jacksonville that the Jaguars got anything more than a loaf of San Francisco sourdough bread from the 49ers, but they actually do see value in Gabbert.

Mike, what do you think the 49ers are actually getting in Gabbert?

DiRocco: They're getting exactly what you want physically in a quarterback: a big (6-foot-4, 235 pounds), athletic, strong-armed player. That has never been his issue. It's what happens mentally that has held him back. He's somewhat skittish in the pocket and he makes too many questionable decisions on where to throw the ball. It's disconcerting because he's a pretty good practice player, but it doesn't transfer to game day.

There seems to be the thought that if anyone can fix him, it's Jim Harbaugh. But how much time can he devote to Gabbert while still working with Colin Kaepernick?

Williamson: You make a good point. Kaepernick is still not a finished product. But Harbaugh loves tinkering with quarterbacks. Gabbert’s time will be in the offseason, training camp and in the preseason. He needs to take advantage of working with the Quarterback Whisperer. Colt McCoy said last year he learned more about quarterbacking in his one season in San Francisco than in his entire playing career. So this is an opportunity for Gabbert; Harbaugh and his staff are top notch.

Mike, do you think Gabbert can put the misery of the past three years behind him and take advantage of this opportunity?

DiRocco: I think he will definitely benefit from the fresh start, but I don't know if he can overcome his mental issues. I don't buy the argument that he panics and is afraid to get hit. I think he was hurt by being forced to play before he was ready, plus he didn't exactly have a lot of weapons in the passing game. Not many quarterbacks are going to flourish under those conditions. If he's willing to start over from ground zero and approaches this with an open mind, I think he can make strides. He's still only 24 years old.

Bill, it may be too early to tell, but do you think the 49ers view Gabbert as a potential long-term backup or is this just them kicking the tires to see if he's a viable option?

Williamson: I think it’s a total kick-the-tires expedition. Again, it’s a low risk at a low cost. He’ll be the backup this year and they will see what he can do. If he’s terrible, they will move on. If they fix him, perhaps they will try to flip him and make a nice draft-pick profit. Basically, this is a guy who previously intrigued them and they are confident they can make him better. If it doesn’t work, well, at least Baalke and Harbaugh will know they tried.
With San Francisco re-signing receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson and cornerback Eric Wright and seeing safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland) and running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo) leave in free agency, let’s take a look at where the team’s remaining free agents stand:

Perrish Cox: The 49ers brought back Wright and signed Chris Cook from Minnesota. I wouldn’t close the door on Cox coming back at some point (he played well in the playoffs), but he's clearly not a priority.

Jonathan Goodwin: I could also see Goodwin coming back at some point, perhaps after the 49ers take a look at their young centers. If Daniel Kilgore struggles, San Francisco could always turn to the crafty veteran.

Mario Manningham: Manningham is coming off yet another injury. I highly doubt the 49ers bring the receiver back. He is visiting the Giants, his original team, Monday.

Colt McCoy: McCoy most certainly will not return. The 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert to be the backup quarterback.

Kassim Osgood: He’s the guy the team would like back the most. He is a special-teams maven. It could be a numbers game, but at some point I’d think we will see the team bring Osgood back.

49ers' offseason scorecard

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Free agency isn’t 24 hours old and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Browns).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Free=agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Remaining free-agent priority: Cornerback Tarell Brown.

Other remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin, receiver Mario Manningham, quarterback Colt McCoy, receiver Kassim Osgood, running back Anthony Dixon, cornerback Perrish Cox.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Daniel Kilgore for Goodwin.
How would Michael Vick look as Colin Kaepernick’s backup?

Peter King of Sports Illustrated thinks he would fit quite nicely. King pegs the 49ers as a “dark horse” candidate to land Vick, who will not be returning to Philadelphia. King writes that if Vick doesn’t get any firm starting job bites, he could be interested in playing for a contender like the 49ers as a backup.

It’s a pretty interesting connection. Vick is a mobile quarterback, like Kaepernick. It is ideal when the backup quarterback has a similar style to the starter. That helps the entire offense transition if the backup has to play. Vick would be a better scheme fit than 2013 backup Colt McCoy, who is also a free agent.

Having a reliable player like Vick backing up Kaepernick could ease the team’s concerns about Kaepernick running in the regular season. It was clear in the playoffs that the 49ers are much more comfortable with Kaepernick running when all the chips are on the table. Knowing there is a quality backup may open up the playbook a bit throughout the season.

I’m sure the 49ers will consider taking a backup quarterback in the May draft, but if the price and timing is right, Vick could be a short-term answer.

Offseason Blueprint: 49ers

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In a wonderful Insider piece, ESPN examines the San Francisco 49ers’ entire offseason .

While the content is full of information, two areas stick out to me.

In the free-agency look, it is suggested the 49ers take a look at Chad Henne as the Colin Kaepernick's backup. Kaepernick’s 2013 backup, Colt McCoy, is a free agent and the team would like an upgrade.

But I’m not sure Henne would be it. They like McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who ended the season on the practice squad, and they could draft a quarterback in the mid-rounds because of their surplus of picks. Henne has shown he cannot sustain success when he plays. I think the 49ers may want to go younger at the spot.

I do agree with Matt Williamson’s assessment that receiver Quinton Patton is a player to watch in 2014. The fourth-round pick in 2013 really came on after coming back from a broken foot late in the season. Patton is a smart player who could become a big part of the offense. He’s already made some big plays.
The San Francisco 49ers will likely consider adding a quarterback in the mid rounds of the draft.

The team would like to develop a backup to young star Colin Kaepernick. His 2013 backup, veteran Colt McCoy, is a free agent. The team also has McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who could compete for the job.

Still, this is a deep draft, and the 49ers have a surplus of picks. And coach Jim Harbaugh is a huge fan of young quarterbacks. The 49ers looked at several last season. Here is a look at some of the quarterbacks who could attract interest in the mid-rounds:

Tajh Boyd, Clemson: Once considered a top-10 pick, Boyd could be tempting if he is available late in the third round.

David Fales, San Jose State: The local kid has the look of becoming a competent backup.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois: He dominated at a low level. Could be worth a shot.

AJ McCarron, Alabama: He’s smart and a winner. Those are two wonderful quarterback traits.

Aaron Murray, Georgia: coming of an injury. Could be an interesting guy to stash.

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: He has all the tools. Could be worth developing.

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