All 49ers reported Monday for the start of their first offseason program under coach Kyle Shanahan. Cornerback Tramaine Brock was going to be one of those players until his release Friday after a domestic-violence arrest.
Shanahan addressed the team for the first time and declined to make an example of Brock.
“You’re dealing with people’s lives so I never want to use a situation as ‘sending a message,’ Shanahan said Monday. “It’s just us trying to do the right thing, whatever that is. Each situation is different.”
Brock spent the past eight seasons with the 49ers, and he started 31 of their past 32 games at left cornerback. His arrest, however, resulted in his release by midday Friday.
“This definitely sends a message to do the right thing, not only on the field but off the field,” said left tackle Joe Staley, the 49ers’ longest-tenured player who’s entering his 11th season.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman added: “It’s just a situation where you have to realize the microscope you’re under. Guys have different issues … but you have to put the team first and think about the decisions you have to make.”
“It was a tough situation because it’s a big deal and you don’t have all the information,” Shanahan said. “It’s my first time going through and I found out how hard it is to get that information.
“We spent the day trying to figure out all the information as much as you can. You never do get all of it, but there was enough there that we felt it was a decision we had to make and move on from (Brock).”
Shanahan said Brock’s exit should not necessarily impact the 49ers draft strategy, and he noted that prospects with checkered histories won’t be lumped into the same category.
“Going into this draft I don’t look at any position more important than any other,” Shanahan said. “We’re trying to improve at every single position. We were doing that at corner before this happened and we’re doing it after.Everyone was here so I’m excited about that.”
Shanahan said he relayed “a bunch” of messages in his first team address.
“I tried to tell them a little more about myself and my expectations and how I go about working and how i see everyone else go about working,” Shanahan said. “I laid the foundation of what we’re going to be doing here the next three months or so.”
These first two weeks of the offseason program are limited to strength and conditioning, as well as rehabilitation. A voluntary minicamp, as allotted to first-year coaches, will be held April 25-27 before Phase 2 of the offseason program in May, when coaches are allowed on the field to instruct. Mandatory minicamp is June 13-15 before players break until training camp.