49ers notes: Caveat for Super Bowl L, pacing Harbaugh, etc.
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SANTA CLARA -- The biggest news for the 49ers Tuesday didn't come from the first day of OTAs in Santa Clara. It came from Boston, where NFL owners voted the Bay Area to host Super Bowl 50 over Miami.

[RELATED: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara will host Super Bowl L]

While standing in the shadow of the $1.2 billion stadium and speaking over the sounds of construction that is now more than 50 percent complete, players expressed their pleasure in the news, with a caveat: It won't mean as much if the 49ers aren't competing for the Lombardi Trophy.

"I think it's fun for this city, fun for this area," said cornerback Carlos Rogers, who still has three years (including this season) remaining on his four-year, $31.3 million contract. "It'll be even better if this team is in it, playing in the Super Bowl."

"It's not a big deal right now," fullback Bruce Miller said. "We're focused on this season and getting to this year's Super Bowl. Then we'll get to next year. ... It's nice. It's going to be exciting for the fans and for the community. ... But that's our goal, that's where we want to be. We definitely want to end up there again."

"It's great for the Bay Area," second-year wide receiver A.J. Jenkins said. "It's great for the tradition. Hopefully we'll be one of the two teams playing in it."

In February of 2016, Levi's Stadium will host California's 12th-ever Super Bowl and its first since 2003, when the Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.


Carlos Rogers hasn't gone back to the video to analyze his Super Bowl play against new teammate Anquan Boldin, and it doesn't sound like there's been much locker room discussion of the Ravens' 34-31 victory in February.

"He hasn't talked much or even bragged about the Super Bowl," Rogers said of Boldin. "We all know he's got his ring. Now he's on this side of the field and hopefully he can help us bring one here."

Rogers saw plenty of Boldin during the Super Bowl, but he was matched up with Dennis Pitta in the slot when Boldin hauled in a touchdown over the middle -- one of his six receptions for 104 yards in the game.

"He's a physical receiver in the run game and the pass game," Rogers said. "He has strong hands as you can see. The play like that was just a great throw and a great catch. Hopefully he can bring the many other things he's done with Baltimore over here.

"We're going to need him. He's a veteran guy, a smart guy, a very polished receiver, and he's going to help the team out a lot."


The 49ers have a four-day break between OTA sessions this weekend, and head coach Jim Harbaugh will be taking full advantage of the time off.

Harbaugh will head to Indianapolis to drive a Corvette as the pace car for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, May 26.

Harbaugh is a Panther Racing partner, which will field the No. 4 car in the race -- also a Corvette.


A.J. Jenkins spent two months living with Ricardo Lockette this offesason, and the two developed a strong friendship.

[RELATED: 49ers WR Jenkins still has weight to gain]

It was Lockette's 27th birthday Tuesday, and his younger friend was up to something that he wouldn't share with the media for fear of ruining the surprise.

"I got something planned for him," said Jenkins, allowing a quick peek over each shoulder. "It ain't going to be no present, but I got something in store for him."

Jenkins and Lockette are both competing to be the 49ers' No. 3 wide receiver.