Peterson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, and the 49ers can retain his services with a long term contract or another one-year, franchise tender. Peterson would make at least $7.29 million next season. The 49ers will have plenty of cap room, so they could give him a franchise tender and then trade him for more draft picks.Peterson said he does not believe he lost much leverage in contract talks because of his injury. "I'm hurt and I'm injured, but I'm 26," Peterson said. "I have a whole year to come back and be healthy. If Deion Sanders can come back at 37 and Jerry Rice is still doing well at 41 (42, actually), I know I can come back at 27 and do the same things I was doing before." --- Coach Dennis Erickson said Louisiana State officials have not contacted him about their vacant head-coaching job. LSU coach Nick Saban announced Saturday that he is leaving to join the Miami Dolphins. Erickson was contacted for the LSU opening five years ago, but a source close to Erickson said his wife has already told him she does not want to live in Louisiana. Erickson interviewed on Dec. 14 with University of Mississippi officials for their vacant head-coaching position before announcing he wasn't interested in the job. --- With the outcomes of games around the NFL, the 49ers now know who their opponents will be for next season. The 49ers will play home games against Dallas, the New York Giants, Houston, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay and road games at Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Chicago. In addition, the 49ers will play home and road games against NFC West opponents Arizona, St. Louis and Seattle. The NFL will release the dates of those games in the spring. -- WR Rashaun Woods will likely get more action Sunday against the Patriots after taking part in 31 snaps against the Bills. Erickson said Woods would see more than 31 plays in the season finale. "I got to use this last game coming up to show that they drafted right and that I'm not going to lay down because people are talking bad about me," Woods said. "There are guys playing in front of me that are doing well. I have to take it in stride and try to take advantage of my opportunities." --- LG Eric Heitmann played all 51 offensive snaps in Sunday's game against the Bills despite an injured right ankle. Heitmann is the team's only player to take part in every snap from scrimmage. --- WR Brandon Lloyd will undergo an MRI examination on his left big toe, which he injured during Sunday's game against the Bills. Lloyd is listed as questionable for the season finale against the Patriots. --- WR Curtis Conway is in line to start Sunday's game against the Patriots because of Lloyd's injury. Conway caught just one pass for 12 yards against the Bills. --- RG Justin Smiley, the team's second-round draft pick, did not see any action in Sunday's game against the Bills. Smiley, who started nine games earlier this season, had been rotating into games he did not start.
Peterson sticking around
Peterson isn't sure what the offseason holds for him. "I don't know if I'm going to be here," Peterson said.
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