San Francisco 49ers Wiretap

49ers, Bears 'Most Antsy' To Trade Down In First Round

Apr 17, 2017 8:35 AM

The San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears are the "most antsy" teams looking to trade down in the first round of this month's NFL Draft.

They hold the second and third picks, respectively.

The New York Jets, who have the No. 6 pick, may also be seriously interested in moving down.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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49ers Receiving Calls About No. 2 Pick, Are 'Open For Business'

Apr 13, 2017 8:31 AM

John Lynch says the San Francisco 49ers are "open for business" on a possible trade involving the second overall pick in the NFL Draft.

"There's the traditional trade chart. We've got one of our own. We know how we value that. As I've said, we're open for business. We'll listen to anything," Lynch told KNBR-AM. "But I've always said you don't like being a 2-14 team, but you like having the second pick. Because I think it puts you in the driver's seat. A lot of options at your disposal. And we'll explore every single one of them."

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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49ers Sign Tim Hightower

Apr 1, 2017 2:34 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have signed Tim Hightower.

Hightower has made one of the NFL's most remarkable comebacks during the past two years with the Saints after spending three-plus years out of the league because of a knee injury.

Hightower has a total of 2,977 rushing yards, 1,208 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns in six seasons.

Carlos Hyde is the incumbent starting running back for the 49ers.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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49ers To Meet With Myles Garrett In Case Browns Don't Take Him No. 1

Mar 30, 2017 1:35 PM

The San Francisco 49ers will meet with Myles Garrett in case the Cleveland Browns don't take him first overall as widely expected.

The 49ers own the second overall pick.

John Lynch was on hand for Garrett’s pro day workout in College Station, Texas, and seemed dutifully impressed that Garrett participated.

“I thought it was impressive,” Lynch said. “Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

“He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are.”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc

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Colin Kaepernick Remaining Unsigned This Late Is Historical Anomaly

Mar 29, 2017 4:58 PM

Since 1966, only one under-30 quarterback has had as good a year as Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 has gone unsigned the next year.

Due to Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem last season, there have been questions as to whether that's the reason teams have been avoiding him.

It’s difficult to find a recent free agent quarterback who played at Kaepernick’s level and lasted so long on the market the next offseason. Matt Leinart (2012) and Kyle Orton (2014) signed nearly 50 days into their free agency, but neither had played much the year before. Michael Vick wasn’t signed for 169 days in 2015, but he was also older and coming off a season (39.4 QBR) far worse than Kaepernick’s 2016.

Beyond the political component of Kaepernick's situation, there is an unusual factor this offseason in that Tony Romo's status remains uncertain.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Jerry Jones' Legends To Profit Immensely Due To NFL Relocations

Mar 28, 2017 2:49 PM

Jerry Jones is a large shareholder of Legends, a hospitality-marketing company that will now sell the suites, concessions and sponsorships for the Las Vegas stadium for the Raiders.

Jones played a big role in guiding the Raiders to Las Vegas, as he did for the 49ers in Santa Clara and the Rams and Chargers in Los Angeles.

Legends is expected to earn hundreds of millions of dollars due to this new stadium activity.

Some valuations of Legends has eclipsed a few NFL teams.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

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49ers Not Expecting To Convert Raiders' Fans

Mar 27, 2017 7:46 PM

The San Francisco 49ers aren't expecting fans of the Oakland Raiders to convert into supporters of their team.

The 49ers will be the lone franchise in the Bay Area for the third time in their history.

"The Raiders fans are a unique group," York said. "I don't know that they've necessarily been loyal to L.A. or to Oakland, I think they have always been loyal to the Raiders. I think you'll see the Raiders following them wherever they may go, and going to Las Vegas in a few years, I think you'll see that really take place.

"So for us, I don't think it's a big win for the 49ers, but I think it's a good thing for the National Football League. The Raiders have tried to get a deal done in Oakland for a decade-plus, and they were unfortunately unable to do anything, and I think Las Vegas put together a good opportunity for the Raiders to continue to have a good experience for their overall fan base wherever their fans come from."

Season-ticket revenue for the 49ers didn't spike when the Raiders left Oakland initially and didn't dip when they returned.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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Richard Sherman Believes Colin Kaepernick Being Blackballed

Mar 24, 2017 5:36 PM

Richard Sherman was asked if Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams.

Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem became a major story and there are reports of NFL owners afraid to sign him due to political pressure.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman said. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand. Obviously he's going to be in a backup role at this point. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year. So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before."

While Sherman initially said Kaepernick would have to settle for a backup role, he later changed his mind when considering some of the other quarterbacks who have gotten starting jobs.

"You don't have 32 starting-level quarterbacks in this league," Sherman said. "You have about eight elites, and then you have the rest of the league. You have about eight, nine elite quarterbacks. You have two or three who have the potential to be elite. And then you have the rest of the teams. So he could play and start on a ton of teams in this league. He would be a starter on probably 20 of the teams in this league. But you're telling me that you're going to let other guys, you're going to pick up some of these other guys and tell me that they're starters?"

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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.

Daniel Mano/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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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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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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49ers Remain Open To Bringing Back Colin Kaepernick
The 49ers currently have Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as options under center.

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

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Colin Kaepernick Receiving No Interest Despite QB-Needy Teams
Players of Colin Kaepernick's caliber usually get multiple shots but there are a number of factors working against him.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report

Ravens Trade Jeremy Zuttah To 49ers
The Ravens had planned to release Jeremy Zuttah.

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49ers Will Continue To Explore Quarterback Market
The two signings are perhaps a signal the 49ers don't intend to use the second overall pick on a quarterback.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Kirk Cousins Signs Franchise Tender With Washington
Kirk Cousins and Washington can negotiate a long-term deal through July 15th.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Brian Hoyer To Sign Two-Year, $12M Deal With 49ers
There is an understanding Brian Hoyer will have a chance to start for the 49ers.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

49ers Expected To Pursue Pierre Garcon
Pierre Garcon could command around $10 million annually.

Conor Orr/NFL

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.

Michael Silver/NFL.com

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

Steve Smith/NFL.com

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.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

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.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.

John Keim/ESPN

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.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

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.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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.

Adam Caplan/ESPN