San Francisco typically has added a veteran receiver in the offseason whether it’s Randy Moss, Anquan Boldin or Brandon Lloyd. Nicks appeared in all 16 games last season and at 27 is only is a year older than Torrey Smith.
The coach says the linebacker has been at the team facility every day. Bowman tore his ACL and MCL in the NFC Championship Game 14 months ago. The veteran was taken off the PUP list late last season but didn’t play.
Small-school receiver Ricky Collins is expected to make a pre-draft visit the 49ers next month, a league source said. Collins had 71 catches for 1,187 yards and 14 touchdowns at Texas A&M Commerce last season.
PHOENIX -- Frank Gore, who never liked coming off the field in 10 seasons with the 49ers, won't be spending much time on the sideline in Indianapolis. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said one of the things they liked most about Gore was that he was a three-down back, who showed no signs of slowing down last season.
The 49ers today were awarded two compensatory selections, 132nd overall in the fourth round and 254th overall in the seventh. That gives them nine total in the upcoming draft, including at least one pick in each round.
Dr. John York on Monday said he understands Chris Borland's concerns about head trauma and the dangers of playing NFL football but that he would have reached a different conclusion than the 49ers linebacker, who abruptly stepped away from the game last week.
PHOENIX -- The 49ers are looking at troubled free-agent inside linebacker Erin Henderson, according to multiple reports. Henderson sat out the 2014 season after a pair of DUI arrests within six weeks beginning in November 2013 prompted the Vikings to release him.
“I know I crossed the line," Colin Kaepernick insisted after the 49ers' controversial 13-10 loss to the Rams on Nov. 2. Unfortunately, he was the only one with an unambiguous take on the game's decisive play, one in which Kaepernick tried to sneak the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line with nine seconds to play.
PHOENIX -- Jim Tomsula said Sunday there's no deadline for Justin Smith to make a decision on retirement, and the 49ers coach said he'll continue to give the veteran defensive lineman plenty of time and space to make up his mind.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.