San Francisco 49ers: Richard Seymour

Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers

October, 6, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- A few thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 34-3 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday night:

What it means: The 49ers are making folks forget about their follies of losses to Seattle and to Indianapolis in Weeks 2 and 3. They were outscored 56-10 in those games. Since then, the 49ers have outscored the Rams and the Texans 69-14 and at 3-2 looking like a serious playoff threat. Sunday was a great all-around day for the 49ers. Not only did they dominate a strong AFC team, but Seattle lost to Indianapolis to fall to 4-1. So, the NFC West race just got tighter.

Stock Watch: Tramaine Brock has found himself a gig as the 49ers’ No. 3 cornerback. He played well last week against the Rams with Nnamdi Asomugha out with a knee injury. Sunday night, he had two interceptions, including one he returned 18 yards for a score on the first drive of the game. There is no way Asomugha is going to regain his job anytime soon. Brock is a keeper.

Another hit on defense: Standout defensive lineman Ray McDonald left with a biceps injury. If McDonald has to miss extended time, the 49ers will miss him dearly. They are already without starting nose tackle Ian Williams. Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial will be off the PUP soon. The 49ers have talked to free agent Richard Seymour and they could revisit talks if McDonald’s injury is serious. But Seymour wants a lot of money.

What’s next: The 49ers are navigating to the easier part of the schedule. They host Arizona on Sunday, then are at Tennessee and then play winless Jacksonville in London before the bye. Going from 1-2 to 6-2 at the halfway point is very feasible.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL Network reported the San Francisco 49ers are among one of the teams that reached out to quarterback Josh Freeman. This is not surprising.

If Freeman is determined to start right away, this is not the place for him. But if he wants to be a backup, get supreme coaching and get a chance to be a starter down the road, being the backup in San Francisco could work. But in the end, I think he will get an offer in which his road to the field is shorter.

CBS reported the 49ers reached out to free-agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour after pass-rusher Aldon Smith went to an alcohol treatment center nearly two weeks ago. But the report said the two sides could not come close to financial terms. Seymour would be a rotational player for the 49ers and they don’t have much cap room, so they’d likely not offer much.

• ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the government shutdown is delaying 49ers safety Donte Whitner from dropping the W in his name and becoming Donte Hitner. Whitner's lawyer has filed the paperwork in his home state of Ohio, but it cannot be processed until the government shutdown is over and federal employees are back to work.

Then, once they get back to work, the NFL expects it to take another six weeks for the paperwork to be filed with the league office. Plus, the league still has not decided if it would allow a player to change his legal name on a jersey in-season. Thus, it may take some time before the name change is reflected on his jersey.

49ers need defensive line depth

September, 16, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers are considering what to do at nose tackle now that it is certain Ian Williams is out for the year.

As expected, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Williams is out for the season with a broken ankle he suffered in the team’s 29-3 defeat at Seattle on Sunday night. Glenn Dorsey replaced Williams and he will start.

Dorsey is a starting-quality player, but the 49ers are thin behind him. San Francisco will surely look to add at the position. But don’t expect any quick fixes. There might be some players on the street who can help, but none will be better than Dorsey. That’s fine. The 49ers just need depth there.

There is one available veteran who could potentially be attractive and that’s former Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour. He is best suited as a 3-4 defensive lineman.

But there are issues. Seymour will be 34 next month. His play has declined and there have been reports he is only interested in playing with a big contract. There is little chance the 49ers would break the bank for a player who would come in, need conditioning time and then just be a rotational player.

So, in the end, the 49ers will find someone, but don’t expect a major jolt here.