NFL Notes: 49ers, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Jets


  • Mike Silver reports that Mike Shanahan is not expected to join the 49ers in a formal role, even though San Francisco is set to hire his son, Kyle Shanahan, as their next head coach.
  • According to Silver, 49ers CEO Jed York hasn’t decided whether Shanahan or the team’s next GM will have control of the 53-man roster yet.
  • York reportedly wants a partnership between the team’s head coach and GM and plans to see how George Paton and Terry McDonough mesh with Shanahan.
  • Silver says it’s possible York would reopen GM search if it’s determined that there isn’t a good fit between Shanahan and either Paton or McDonough.
  • Matt Maiocco reports that will hold their second interview with Kyle Shanahan on either Monday or Tuesday in Atlanta if the Falcons lose. However, if the Falcons win, the meeting won’t be until Friday.


Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter admitted that he wasn’t perfect last year in terms of calling plays for the offense, but he’ll likely retain his offensive play-calling duties in 2017.

“I made plenty of mistakes, and I’m going to do better next year, I promise you,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

  • According to Stroud, Koetter would like to bring back RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Russell Shepard and CB Josh Robinson next year.
  • Stroud mentions that the Buccaneers would be smart to sign WR Mike Evans to a long-term extension during the offseason, but you can expect them to pick up his fifth-year option at a minimum.
  • Stroud’s gut-feeling regarding veteran WR Vincent Jackson is that he’ll retire at some point this offseason.


  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins are well aware of the fact that they need to add at least four more rotation players to their front seven on defense.
  • Jackson mentions that the Dolphins like to add two linebackers to replace Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi.
    One name worth keeping an eye on in regards to the Dolphins’ linebacker position could be A.J. Klein, according to Jackson.
  • Jackson expects the Dolphins to try to keep free agent DE Andre Branch but they could be looking at adding three defensive ends this offseason.
  • In regards to suspended DE Dion Jordan, Jackson confirms previous reports that he isn’t part of the team’s plans for next year.
  • Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell appears to be in danger of being a roster cut, according to Jackson.


ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore could be an option for the Jets at No. 6 overall.

“Every time you watched him, you saw a guy who could be a shutdown corner,” Kiper said of Lattimore, via “He was able to elevate his game and he just jumped out at you. I’m not going to say he’s going to be Darrelle Revis in his prime or Richard Sherman, but he’s got a chance to be one heck of a corner. Patrick Peterson, I loved him coming out of LSU. I see a similar skill set and similar ability as I saw with Peterson. … I think he has a chance to be one of the top three corners in the league.”

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