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Morning Tailgate: March 12

Posted by Taylor Price on March 12, 2012 – 9:25 AM

There was plenty of big news taking place this weekend in the NFL, some of which directly affected the San Francisco 49ers.

First, the player photographed above – Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, is likely to be the choice of the Washington Redskins who traded three first round picks (2012, 2013, 2014) and this year’s second-round pick for the No. 2 overall pick held by the St. Louis Rams.

With Washington likely to draft Griffin at No. 2, the 49ers are spared from having to face Griffin twice a season if he’d been taken by the Rams or any other NFC West club presumed to trade up.

The trade also has a domino effect with how free agency will play out in regards to the quarterback sweepstakes.

More on how the trade affects, Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and the 49ers, and plenty of note-worthy headlines from the weekend can be found after the jump.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com examines the aftershocks of the Redskins-Rams trade and how it affects mock draft writers and teams across the league, 49ers included.

Outside of the blockbuster trade, the other big weekend news involved reports of veteran wide receiver Randy Moss heading into 49ers headquarters for a Monday workout. CEO Jed York confirmed the report with a Sunday night tweet – instantly adding intrigue to the news by sharing information on who will be throwing to Moss during the workout. York also spoke to Peter King of Sports Illustrated in greater detail on the subject.

Matt Barrows of the Sacrament Bee writes the 49ers are focused on re-signing Joshua Morgan before the receiver hits free agency on March 13 before the start of his fifth NFL season.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares a complete list of restricted, unrestricted and franchise tagged wide receivers.

Perhaps the biggest news of all was made by Alex Smith who made his first public comments in recent memory, telling CBS5’s Kim Coyle that he’s working out details to sign a new contract with the 49ers.

Lastly, we concluded our “49 in 49” series with profiles on two of the SEC’s top defenders, South Carolina pass rusher Melvin Ingram and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.


Jed York’s Sunday night tweet had a little fun with the league’s current state of affairs surrounding another former Colts Pro Bowl quarterback.

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40 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: March 12”

  1. By jeromy on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome, keep Morgan, that starting field position was incredible all year. As for Moss, I remember a few years back when he & Terrel Owens(then a 49er) had a showdown. Moss was by far the better receiver. Im sure he has lost a little of ability, but with the right mindset he could make a huge impact

  2. By Mountain Jack on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Terrell Owens was a better receiver because you could always depend on him to give 100%. Moss took plays off whenever he felt like it.

  3. By jamEs on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sorry, but if you’re going to bring in an old receiver who could be a cancer to the team, I’d much rather bring in TO. At least he has a history with the team.

  4. By JEREMY LOPEZ on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply


  5. By rjdniner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    HES got baggage hes gonna have to dump , I DONT TRUST HIME PERIOD .Right now hes got that good attitud face on ,

  6. By jeromy on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    oops, got Morgan confused with Ginn, we should keep him also

  7. By rjdniner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hey JEROMY go ahead and sign him ,rumor has it that you have your own team looking for players . and you didnt tell any body .

  8. By doc on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    PLEASE DONT SIGN RANDY MOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. By LEW on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    With all do respect to all of your comments; we need to draft a big and fast reciever like steven hill of Georgia Tech. Forget about these old past thier prime free agent wide outs who are only out for a quck payday. josh mrgan is too small and ginn has questionable hands.

  10. By Michael Mosher on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    hey lew i agree a 100%..wiyh you on stephen hill… but josh morgan is pretty good also

  11. By 650Ninerfan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I say keep all Recievers that We have. Go for Vincent Jax, bring in Moss to Compete for a starting Spot. Use Our Pick On a Shut down Corner!

  12. By Marbro on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hey lew and michael, I also agree on stephen hill, I would also like to see robert meachem as well. I think that combination would give hill the time to refine his skills and learn the offense. And if randy gets out of hand, haurbaugh will cut and we would still have options at wr. Morgan being resigned would be another part of that.

  13. By rjdniner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    One thing we all agree that Moss is a cancer .

  14. By mark on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Would that be Jim Harbaugh or Peyton Manning?

  15. By Hussler21 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Well looks like were going to be signing Alex Smith to a 3 year contract. I really thought 49ers would let him go to free agency and go after Manning. I guess that why nobody pays me to make football decisions. I really am rooting for Alex if Trent and Coach think he’s got a lot more potential and can get this franchise back to where it want to be (Champions), I will forget about Peyton and continue to believe in Alex. I guess all that is left now is to get some more WR talent, sign Snyder, Ginn and Rogers and hope Peyton doesn’t pick Arizona.

  16. By seven years with Alex on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    yeah i bet the alex jerseys are flying off the shelves …no surprise he knows that no other team will start him only the niners he has glamered into thinking he is the future ….he certainly is the future of mediocre QB and us waiting and waitng for a real QB with any sort of skill other than gift of gab to prolong a job here and bilk more money from the niners for a whole lot of nothing

  17. By rjdniner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    HUSSLER21 . Good news ok .hopfuly everything falls in place the way we as fans want it to go. Hey if Peyton dose , hes going to get HIT LIKE HES NEVER BEEN HIT BEFORE . NINERS

  18. By seven years with Alex on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    i mean why dont they just sign him for another 8 years and get it over with if they sign him now why would they get rid of him anytime soon …soooo welcome to another 8 years with alex …..and subpar seasons and good players going elsewhere or wasteing away here waiting for alex to try and get better …what a waste of time and of a franchise sooo sad for us niner fans

  19. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply


  20. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    hey you guys if alex doesnt sign and peyton signs with someone else,,,what do we do?? go after matt flynn or let kaepernick drive the car??

  21. By seven years with Alex on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    really come on alex bilked the niners for years he is not dumb he just has no NFL QB skills if he leaves here he is done and he knows it

  22. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    nfl network analsyts just laughed aloud when asked what the market for alex smith was outside of san fran,,my wife that it was hilarious,,,alex,,you better sign that week old deal or the 49ers will jump themselves right into the manning bowl or pursue matt flynn

  23. By DMT on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    That was a great tweet Jed, I jumped from the chair when I read the first line “former Colts all pro QB” thinking it was, you know who. Then as i kept reading, I remember JH was a former all pro QB with Colts. Too funny Jed!

  24. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    wish dude wouldnt sigh but he will leaving us TRUE INFORMED 49ER FANS with visions of overthrown, and under thrown and check down throws for another year,,,c’mon defense we are gunna need to play even better this year,,,if that is even possible,,,with this dude taking the snaps again

  25. By Vordulin on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    We just signed Randy Moss to a one year deal.

  26. By rjdniner on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I truly hop it works

  27. By 49ER FOR LIFE on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply


  28. By cliq-claq on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    i have been screaming re-sign ginn … we need a return guy to give us field position …..go get wallace ,and draft hill…with the rookie salary cap he wont cost much at pick 30… that way we can keep morgan…. he shouldn’t cost much either…… that gives us….WALLACE , CRABTREE, MORGAN, HILL, AND WILLIAMS… let the fumble go people its over with … this guy has great hands

  29. By cliq-claq on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    i have been screaming re-sign ginn … we need a return guy to give us field position …..go get wallace ,and draft hill…with the rookie salary cap he wont cost much at pick 30… that way we can keep morgan…. he shouldn’t cost much either…… that gives us….WALLACE , CRABTREE, MORGAN, HILL, AND WILLIAMS… let the fumble go people its over with … this guy has great hands… and GINN is our return guy and emergency wr

  30. By Kyle on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Cliq I totally agree.
    + Moss? we might be able to afford to let ginn go (injury risk) and keep williams as our return guy. Remember that seam route he had against arizona? Williams is wicked fast!

    Get Moss acclimated to the locker room and the team!
    Nice job Balke!

  31. By Kyle on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ niner faithful
    Kaep will be the go to guy. you tube his highlights, He is a cam Newton but has a 95 mph fastball.

  32. By John on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kaep is the future most likely, unlike the 49ers draft a late round quarterback steal, like T.J. Yates last season.

    As for what the 49ers should do at wide receiver, they should keep Joshua Morgan and consider who is their 4th guy.

    Tedd Ginn, while a great returner, isn’t necessary. The 49ers could always just let Kendall Hunter return punts and kickoffs, or possibly sign a rook to do it.

    If Tedd Ginn is willing to sign for the right price, sign him. However, don’t automatically make him the #4 guy. Maybe sign a free agent wide receiver that is overlooked, mid-tier, or maybe even a high profile guy like Vincent Jackson to be one of our top 4 receivers with Crabtree, Morgan, and Moss. Tedd Ginn would then be our #5 receiver.

    I also think the 49ers should keep Brett Swain around, and cut Kyle Williams. Kendal Hunter is a much better returner, and didn’t kill our Super Bowl hopes in front of the entire world.

    After that, let’s develop a bunch of young wide receivers. Let’s get back to being the 49ers team that developed a ton of wide receiver talent like the franchise did under Bill Walsh!

  33. By andy on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    wow do you believe in Harbaugh? He believes in alex it seems and Alex had a great post season. Dont be like a raider fan!

  34. By Vordulin on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kaep is a great athlete with a great arm, but his progression is slow, he telegraphs, and he has happy feet. Give him time.

  35. By rjdniner on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Ok i retract my statment on MOSS , I truly hop iam WRONG .

  36. By 49ER FOR LIFE on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    do you people who are in love with alex smith seriously think he can repeat this past seasons performance?? he had a career year,,there is no way in todays NFL that he will only throw 5 picks,,as for the rest of it, yeah sure he can do it again,,throw balls at the feet of his wide-outs,,or over-throw them,,,miss wide open TE’S,,,,and settle for a check-down without scanning the whole field,,,he has been the qb for 7 years,,and after trying to support him for all these years,,I am tired of his INCONSISTENT WAYS,,TRUE 49ER FANS WANT A FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK,,,OR DO YOU ALEX LOVERS THINK THATS WHAT HE IS??

  37. By seven years with Alex on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    if the niners were smart they would atleast wait and have manning come and chat and make alex squirm a bit and sign him to a 3 year 5 million slap in the face deal because alex you suck face it without the niners you would be nothing and have way less money …the raiders and the packers would have sent your busted carreeer out the door years ago

  38. By seven years with Alex on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    dont matter who thyey bring in receivers ..backs ….lineman ….ballboys … if it is alex at the helm it will be check downs and blocked throws and more wasted time. let the bust go and find out just how bad he is when he gets no calls and or sits the bench as a 3rd string vetran …lol veteran …how can you be a veteran if you have not done anything

  39. By Adam on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers would be stupid if they don’t go after Manning. We have young tough line, more weapons then he knows what to do with and the best defense in the NFL. So Mr. GM go get us Manning. I want more Super Bowls. Does it get any better, “Manning to Moss, TOUCHDOWN 49ers” you got to love it.

  40. By Shawn Nino on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Gettin Alex signed will be great bussiness. Manning is great but this should be a motivational moment for Alex. Alex must understand that it wsa all business and not personal. Manning has maybe 1 to 2 good years left. Alex, we have all the pieces. We just need for you to stay consistant and play with confidence and we can win a super bowl. Your the man, i have been a 49er fan for over 30 years.

    Nino 9er’s

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