Shockwaves were felt across the NFL landscape this morning.
Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, has been suspended for a full year for his role in the team’s player performance payment scandal. Subsequently, the team will forfeit second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013. General Manager Mickey Loomis has also been suspended for eight games and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, will be suspended indefinitely. ESPN senior analyst Chris Mortensen believes Williams will be out of football in 2012.
This matters especially to 49ers fans as the team moves up one spot in the second round of the 2012 draft and will face the Saints on the road in 2012 and the Rams twice next season.
Oh, and former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was reportedly traded to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft pick. The 49ers will face the Jets on the road in 2012, too.
Quite a busy Wednesday morning to say the least, but there are plenty of 49ers-related headlines to examine after the jump.
Sources confirmed to ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton that quarterback Alex Smith has agreed on a three-year deal to stay with the 49ers.
Get your 84 jerseys out, or get ready to purchase them when the NFL unveils its Nike branding on April 3. New 49ers receiver Randy Moss announced on Twitter he’ll be wearing No. 84 this season. Also, running back Rock Cartwright has selected No. 28 for his 49ers uniform.
ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando examined the production of receivers aged 35 years and up like Moss. Sando notes that receivers in the mid 30s have produced at a high level.
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle writes that free agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz visited with the 49ers on Tuesday.
TWEET ABOUT IT
According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, Jim Harbaugh will attend the Sweet 16 this weekend to support his brother-in-law, Indiana head coach Tom Crean. Feldman also noted that Harbaugh along with his brother John, spoke with the team recently and the talk inspired a 10-2 stretch by the Hoosiers team ever since.
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