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1. Working Relationship Working
Friction between fiery leaders happens. And, as general manager Trent Baalke said before the 49ers annual local pro day of his back-and-forth with Jim Harbaugh, it's healthy.
“To say that it’s two Rams butting heads is so false and misleading," Baalke said when reporters asked about previous published reports. "To say there’s no tension would also probably be false and misleading, but it’s good tension. It’s creative tension, and it couldn’t be better right now. We’ve been in the draft room working our tail-ends off. We try to get this draft right and see a lot of things alike.
"If you want us to hug and mug for the cameras and do all that, you’re looking at the wrong two guys... We have a very good working relationship."
>>No mugging and hugging, but Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News caught this more natural fist-bump moment between the GM and coach at the team's Friday afternoon pro day.
“You’re always a little guarded in these situations. He looks good, he’s working hard, he’s motivated to get back onto that field," the GM said of Bowman, who attended day one of the team's offseason program workouts. "If anybody can come back from it, NaVorro will be back."
Baalke said Iupati's timeline for offseason program participating was "still up in the air."
“Mike’s in a similar mindset than NaVorro," he said. "They’re both tough, highly competitive. It’s very important for both of them to get back on the field as soon as they can.”
>>Bowman has remained upbeat about his route back to the field, which could extend past the middle of the 2014 season.
3. Pre-draft Visits Here and There
Which college players visit which NFL teams becomes public knowledge to a degree. Those eligible to be picked in this May 8-10 draft, for example, have posted the news on their social media accounts or have been seen by reporters with their own Twitter footprint.
Baalke revealed that San Francisco met with the Missouri linebacker Michael Sam during his pro day workout. Sam came out as gay before the Scouting Combine and is attempting to become the league's first openly homosexual player.
“When anyone steps out and does something of that nature, I certainly think there’s an element of courage that goes along with that," the exec said of Sam. "That’s an issue that’s continually being addressed not only in the National Football League but in society, and it needs to be addressed and glad that the NFL is taking an active role from the commissioner on down.”
>>The 49ers reportedly hosted Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin at their Santa Clara facility.
>>While also reporting a connection between San Francisco and Indiana pass-catcher Cody Latimer, The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows noted that the 49ers scheduled visits with four of their past five first-round picks before the draft rolled around.
4. Around the League
>>Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown said he thinks Minnesota Vikings ball carrier Adrian Peterson could break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. Peterson (10,115 yards) has a long way to go to catch Smith (18,355).
>>Toby Gerhart, whom Harbaugh coached at Stanford before he began his NFL career backing up Peterson in Minnesota, said he can be a "dominant guy" if given the chance to start for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
>>The Seattle Seahawks have added former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland to their staff as a draft consultant. The Super Bowl champs lost senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan, the former 49ers GM, to resignation last week.
>>Draft-eligible quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be awarded $5 million from his insurance policy if he slips into the second round because of injury or illness.
>>Vince Young underwent a physical and is hoping to latch on with the Cleveland Browns. The two-time Pro Bowler last played in 2011.