In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Lions' woes, the Panthers' QB situation, Bill Cowher's future and more.
Starting center Eric Heitmann signed a three-year, $7.05 million extension in late September that included a $1.25 million signing bonus.
The 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan and replaced him with Mike Singletary.
After firing coach Mike Nolan, the 49ers are asking relatively inexperienced Mike Singletary to spark their sagging franchise, writes John Clayton.
The San Francisco 49ers waived receiver Darrell Jackson on Saturday after one unproductive season with the club.
Mike Nolan will remain coach of the Niners but will surrender personnel power.
The 49ers brought in Ted Tollner as an offensive consultant on Tuesday.
With All-Pro nose tackle Casey Hampton helping shut down the 49ers' running game, San Francisco was no match for Pittsburgh, John Clayton writes.
The 49ers' draft philosophy is to take the best player available. That has led to an influx of offensive talent, writes John Clayton.
QB Alex Smith is sure to experience many growing pains, but the 49ers don't have the luxury of sitting him.
How far will Aaron Rodgers fall? That's just one of John Clayton's 10 things to watch in the NFL draft.
49ers coach Mike Nolan realizes the importance of getting the best player -- and deal -- with the team's No. 1 pick.