Former Folsom High School standout Jordan Richards still thinks like a college kid even though he's likely to have an NFL job in a few months. And he was still very much in college mode in the run-up to this week's scouting combine.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Tomsula said he plans to “shoot the bologna” with Justin Smith regarding his future with the 49ers, a conversation Tomsula said he’s had with the veteran defensive end for the last three or four years.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Trent Baalke said he plans to met with Justin Smith after the scouting combine to see whether the veteran defensive lineman wants to return for a 15th season. Smith, a starter at right defensive end, has one more year remaining on his contract but has been non-committal about returning.
Frank Gore's Instagram post on Sunday night set off a wave of speculation about where the 49ers' all-time leading rusher will end up in 2015. It also a prompted a phone call between Gore and general manager Trent Baalke, who said he spoke to Gore on Monday.
The 49ers, who have seven picks in the NFL draft this year, will interview, observe, measure and mull players at this week’s annual NFL scouting combine in hopes of filling their five biggest needs – wide receiver, outside linebacker, running back, cornerback and tight end.
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 email@example.com.