The 49ers will hold their first mandatory minicamp over three days starting on Tuesday at team headquarters in Santa Clara. This will be Jim Harbaugh’s first mandatory minicamp with 49er players as everyone was locked out by the NFL this time last year.
Currently, the 49ers have a 90-man offseason roster and all but two players are expected to attend the three-day minicamp. The most obvious person who will be missing from minicamp is safety Dashon Goldson who is holding out for the right long-term contract. The 49ers have until July 16 to sign the franchise player to an extension; otherwise, Goldson will be locked in for a one-year deal at around $6.2 million.
The other player who will not be in attendance at minicamp is rookie running back LaMichael James. The reason for James’ absence not only from the upcoming minicamp, but from all of the voluntary workouts held during the offseason, is because he is still not eligible to workout with the team. NFL rules mandate that a rookie cannot join a team in offseason workouts until his school has held its graduation or the player has graduated. Since the University of Oregon, where James attended, is on the quarter’s system their graduation will be held June 18. Many are expecting James to make an immediate impact this season for the 49ers, however, the running back will have a lot of catching up to do and will have learning curve because of the NFL rule. Yet another reason to hate a college using the quarters system.
Even though first-round pick A.J. Jenkins has not signed a contract with the 49ers, he will still be at the mandatory minicamp because he signed a waiver injury which allows him to participate. Gotta love the dedication Jenkins is showing by being at the voluntary and mandatory minicamps even though he has not signed a contract. Jenkins remains the last 49ers draft pick unsigned.