--Linebacker Derek Smith, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, opted to re-sign with the 49ers before reaching the open market because he said he wanted be part of what Nolan is building. If Smith had become a free agent, his asking price could have increased.
"It probably could have helped me, but that wasn't the No. 1 one thing to me," Smith said. "Staying in San Francisco was the best thing for me professionally and for my family. My agent (Frank Bauer) was saying the same thing as you guys. He said I could really do well in free agency. I said if we had to I would go there, but I would much rather stay here."
Smith has been the 49ers' leading tackler in each of his first five seasons with the club. He led the team with 163 tackles last season. He extended his string of 100-plus tackles to nine consecutive seasons - the third-longest active streak in the NFL behind Miami's Zack Thomas and Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks (10).
"We were diligent in our efforts to retain Derek as a member of the San Francisco 49ers and we are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that reflects his value to the team while addressing future needs of the club," Nolan said.
--Smith signed a three-year, $14 million contract that includes a $6 million signing bonus. He said he hopes to remain with the 49ers through the length of his deal and then retire. "Even if you're feeling good, 12 years in the NFL aren't real good on the body," said Smith, 31, a nine-year player. "If you take care of your body and you give it the right nutrition, you can come out of this thing feeling OK. (But) there are ramifications of doing what we do to our bodies."
--Revenue-sharing is a must for the 49ers, who play in what is generally regarded as the worst stadium in the NFL. The club's plans to build a replacement to Monster Park has been stalled since San Francisco voters approved a 1997 bond measure to generate $100 million toward the stadium.
"I think that we are in the lower half of the clubs at this point so we will probably share in some of that revenue and once we get the stadium built, I think we will be contributing to that revenue."
--York lauded the efforts of both sides in arriving at a new collective bargaining agreement. He said the agreement was great news for the 49ers because, in part, it includes a more favorable G3 loan program, under which the league helps clubs finance stadiums.
"With this CBA, (union chief) Gene Upshaw (and the players) have recognized that what has been good for the league is building these new stadiums," York said. "They've shown that by clearly addressing G3 and while I don't know all of the details about it, it is clearly an improvement and an expanded G3. So that will help in our efforts to get the stadium done."
--The 49ers are still searching for a high-level football executive to help in salary-cap matters and report directly to owner John York. Saints senior football administrator Russ Ball and former Browns executive Lal Heneghan have interviewed for the position. "We are still looking and we hope to have a decision as soon as we can, but it needs to be the right person to fit in to the whole structure," York said. "Mike (Nolan) and I, along with Scot (McCloughan) and others are still working on that."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We have the same message coming whether it's me speaking or Mike (Nolan) speaking or Scot (McCloughan) speaking. There's a lot more in terms of the same message of trying to win and getting there. There's more discipline within the building and on the team. There's more direction. That comes a lot from Mike Nolan and Scot McCloughan, and a stronger camaraderie throughout the building" - 49ers owner John York on the improvements made to his organization since last year's firings of coach Dennis Erickson and GM Terry Donahue.
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