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Solomon Thomas Goes To 49ers At No. 2 In Half Of Major Mock Drafts

Mar 21, 2017 6:23 PM

Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas is expected to be selected by the 49ers by nine of 17 major mock drafts.

New general manager John Lynch played at Stanford.

Thomas had 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss last season, including a sack in the Sun Bowl.

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Donald Trump Takes Credit For Colin Kaepernick Being Unsigned

Mar 21, 2017 7:47 AM

President Donald Trump has taken credit for the fact that Colin Kaepernick has not signed with a team since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers three weeks ago.

Trump said he read an article about NFL owners' fears about signing Kaepernick and said, "They don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?"

Trump added that he wanted to share this with "the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag."

Kaepernick famously took a knee during the national anthem before 49ers games last fall to protest what he said was oppression of people of color, leading to dozens of athletes in multiple sports following with protests of their own.

In the midst of explaining his actions to reporters, Kaepernick called then-candidate Trump "openly racist."

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49ers Remain Open To Bringing Back Colin Kaepernick

Mar 20, 2017 7:34 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are still open to bringing Colin Kaepernick back into the mix at quarterback.

The club currently has Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as options under center.

"(Kaepernick) was, in everyone's mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number and it fell through, apparently," John Lynch said. "Here we are with two quarterbacks, but like we said, we're gonna look at every option. The likelihood of that happening has probably gone down significantly, but we're not going to close our mind or our options on anyone, including him."

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Dwight Clark Reveals ALS Diagnosis

Mar 20, 2017 7:21 AM

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Clark is best known for his leaping touchdown catch during the NFC Championship Game in 1982.

"In September of 2015, I started feeling weakness in my left hand," Clark wrote in a statement on former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo, Jr.'s website. "I was mildly paying attention to it because since my playing days, I've constantly had pain in my neck. I was thinking it was related to some kind of nerve damage because it would just come and go.

"After months of tests and treatment, I got some bad news," he continued. "I was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Those words are still very hard for me to say."

Clark, 60, says he has also lost significant strength in his right hand, midsection, lower back and right leg and says he "can't run, play golf or walk any distances'' and that "picking up anything over 30 pounds is a chore.'' He adds "that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients.''

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Colin Kaepernick Receiving No Interest Despite QB-Needy Teams

Mar 17, 2017 10:59 AM

Colin Kaepernick hasn't visited a single team since the start of free agency and even quarterback-needy teams don't appear to be interested.

Players of Kaepernick's caliber usually get multiple shots but there are a number of factors working against him.

"He can still play at a high level," one AFC general manager said. "The problem is three things are happening with him.

"First, some teams genuinely believe that he can't play. They think he's shot. I'd put that number around 20 percent.

"Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

"Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can't stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won't move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did."

One executive even called him "an embarrassment to football."

Kaepernick plans on standing for the national anthem this season.

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Ravens Trade Jeremy Zuttah To 49ers

Mar 15, 2017 8:42 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have traded starting center Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers.

The teams also swapped second round picks.

The Ravens had planned to release Zuttah.

Kyle Shanahan has often put a premium on the center in his offense, a priority made clear by the $45 million contract the Falcons gave to Alex Mack last year when Shanahan was Atlanta's offensive coordinator.

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49ers Will Continue To Explore Quarterback Market

Mar 11, 2017 6:07 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have signed Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley this offseason while also being linked to a trade for Kirk Cousins.

Despite the two free agent signings at quarterback, the 49ers will continue to explore the market.

"We'll continue to look," Kyle Shanahan said Friday, per CSN Bay Area. "You rarely take just two guys into a camp. So I have a pretty good feeling we will add more. I don't know whether that'll be through free agency or the draft, but there's every avenue possible. We don't limit ourselves to anything."

The two signings are perhaps a signal the 49ers don't intend to use the second overall pick on a quarterback.

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Kirk Cousins Signs Franchise Tender With Washington

Mar 10, 2017 11:48 AM

Kirk Cousins has signed his franchise tender with Washington and can now be traded.

Washington, however, has shown no signs of wanting to trade him to this point.

Cousins received the nonexclusive tag last year at a cost of $19.953 million. Cousins will make $23.94 million if he plays under the tag.

Cousins and Washington can negotiate a long-term deal through July 15th.

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Brian Hoyer To Sign Two-Year, $12M Deal With 49ers

Mar 8, 2017 3:49 PM

Brian Hoyer has agreed to sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

There is an understanding Hoyer will have a chance to start for the 49ers.

Hoyer, 31, performed well in five starts for the Chicago Bears last year, but his season ended when he broke his left arm at Green Bay in Week 7. He threw for 1,445 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Hoyer started 16 games for the Browns from 2013-14, and he made nine regular-season starts for the Houston Texans in 2015, passing for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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49ers Expected To Pursue Pierre Garcon

Mar 8, 2017 8:19 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to pursue Pierre Garcon when free agency opens later this week.

Garcon could command around $10 million annually. The wide receiver produced well under Kyle Shanahan when the new 49ers' head coach led the Washington Redskins' offense.

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Report: 'More Likely Than Not' Kirk Cousins Goes To 49ers
Washington has placed the franchise tag on Cousins but they're open to moving on from him with draft compensation.

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Torrey Smith To Be Released By 49ers
Torrey Smith signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the 49ers in 2015.

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Tony Romo Covets Texans, Chiefs, Broncos With 49ers, Rams Interested
Tony Romo would like to join a playoff contender as Peyton Manning did with the Broncos.

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49ers Impressed By DeShone Kizer's Interview
At 6-foot-4 1/2, 233 pounds, DeShone Kizer proved to be the biggest of the combine's QB prospects.

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Colin Kaepernick Will Stand During National Anthem In 2017
Colin Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created.

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Colin Kaepernick Opts Out Of Contract With 49ers For 2017
Colin Kaepernick's contract was originally supposed to keep him with the Niners through 2020, but it was reworked in October before he reclaimed the starting job.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Kirk Cousins Would Only Accept Trade To 49ers
If Washington decides to trade Kirk Cousins, he would only accept a move to the 49ers.

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Colin Kaepernick Meets With Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch
The future of Colin Kaepernick with the 49ers remains uncertain.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers Will Be Patient At Quarterback
Kyle Shanahan has been linked to Kirk Cousins, who he coached with the Redskins.

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Kyle Shanahan May Bring Jacob Tamme To San Francisco
After catching 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns with the Falcons, Jacob Tamme is a free agent.

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Louis Riddick Was 'Very, Very Close' To Taking 49ers GM Job
Louis Riddick told ESPN Radio that he was close to becoming the next general manager of the 49ers.

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49ers Expected To Hire Robert Saleh As Defensive Coordinator
The 49ers are expected to hire Robert Saleh as their defensive coordinator, according to a source.

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Myles Garrett Will Skip NFL Draft Ceremony
Myles Garrett will join the likes of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota as top picks who skipped the draft ceremony.

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Kyle Shanahan To Control 49ers' 53-Man Roster, John Lynch Will Draft
Perhaps learning from past mistakes, the 49ers are attempting to avoid conflict between new hires Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

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Kyle Shanahan Will Watch Film On Colin Kaepernick Before Decision
Kyle Shanahan will review film on Colin Kaepernick before deciding if he fits into his plans.

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Kyle Shanahan Won't Hire Offensive Coordinator For 49ers
The 49ers plan to hire Falcons offensive assistant Mike McDaniel as their “run-game guru” and Rich Scangarello as their quarterbacks coach.

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Kyle Shanahan Hired As Head Coach Of 49ers
Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator of the Falcons over the past two seasons.

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Kyle Shanahan To Accept 49ers' Head Coaching Job
Kyle Shanahan was not able to accept a contract offer from the 49ers until after the Falcons' postseason run concluded.

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John Lynch Tested 49ers' Reputation As Leakers During Interview
John Lynch said he asked CEO Jed York and executive Paraag Marathe to keep his name a secret during their search for a new general manager.

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Jay Cutler Could Be Option For 49ers At Quarterback
John Lynch, the club's new general manager, played with Jay Cutler with the Broncos.

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