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The 49ers on Wednesday acted swiftly upon learning of the latest allegations involving defensive lineman Ray McDonald.
McDonald, 30, an eight-year veteran, was informed of his release in a phone call from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. About an hour later, Baalke announced the organization’s decision during a press conference at Levi’s Stadium.
“We just want to inform everybody that after the recent allegations concerning Ray McDonald, we as an organization have notified him and his agent that he will be terminated, released, immediately, effective immediately,” Baalke said.
“While this organization has a strong belief in due process and has demonstrated that over time, Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.”
Baalke said the decision was made collectively as an organization, including input from CEO Jed York and coach Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers learned at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday that San Jose Police named McDonald as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault, Baalke said.
The San Francisco Giants managed to consummate an offseason move, getting Sergio Romo locked up for two years with a fifteen million dollar deal, allowing the Giants to check one of their four areas of roster concern off the list. Many fans feel that Romo is the penultimate choice of right-handed reliever, to help maintain that late-inning magic so crucial to the Giants’ success.
Sergio’s numbers dipped this past season as a spate of solo home runs caused havoc with his ERA, but a continued ability to maintain a minute WHIP gave him a reprieve, as home runs hit with the bases empty are not as painful as those otherwise occupied.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been offered a six-year, $48 million deal to coach the University of Michigan football team, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Wolverines have an opening at head coach following the dismissal of Brady Hoke, and find themselves in a long line of suitors interested in Harbaugh’s services, which includes, but is not exclusive to, the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders.
There is widespread speculation that Harbaugh will not return to the 49ers in 2015, even though he is under contract for one more season.