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Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick Worked Hard, Never A Distraction

Jun 29, 2017 8:08 AM

Chip Kelly says Colin Kaepernick was a model quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers last season.

"He came to work every day, extremely diligent in terms of his preparation, in terms of his work ethic," Kelly told Adam Schefter on the reporter's podcast. "I really enjoyed Kap. I've talked to Kap three or four times since. I think he's a really good player and a really good person, and I really enjoyed coaching him."

Kelly added that Kaepernick's decision to kneel for the national anthem was never a distraction to the team.

"He explained to all the players his thought process and mindset of what he was doing," Kelly said. "And there were some players that agreed with him and some players that didn't agree with him. But after that point, we heard from the outside about what a distraction it is, except those people weren't in our locker room and it never was a distraction. [Kaepernick] never turned it into a circus or whatever people think."

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Twenty Picks, Including Eight First-Rounders, Remain Unsigned

Jun 16, 2017 7:54 AM

Only 20 draft picks from the 2017 NFL Draft remain unsigned as training camps approach.

Among those unsigned are eight first-rounders, including second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and No. 3 selection Solomon Thomas.

The Los Angeles Rams have five unsigned rookies, all of which were selected in the fourth round or later.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Misc Rumor

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49ers Sign Elvis Dumervil To Bolster Pass Rush

Jun 6, 2017 9:00 AM

In hopes of bolstering their pass rush, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Elvis Dumervil.

Dumervil spent the last four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

He signed a two-year deal, according to a source. At 33, Dumervil had three sacks last season for the Ravens as he battled an Achilles injury that limited him to eight games.

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

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Seahawks Unlikely To Sign Colin Kaepernick

May 30, 2017 7:18 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to sign Colin Kaepernick.

The Seahawks have been the only team to express interest in Kaepernick this offseason.

Despite starting last season for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick has received little to no interest in free agency.

Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season, but he's said he won't do so again in 2017.

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Former Lions All-Pro Wayne Walker Dies At Age 80

May 20, 2017 1:16 AM

Former Detroit Lions All-Pro linebacker and kicker Wayne Walker has died at the age of 80.

Walker, the Lions' fourth-round pick in 1958, played 15 seasons with Detroit, and when he retired he held a team record with 200 games played -- a mark since passed by Jason Hanson.

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Jed York Wants To 'Sit Down' With Jim Harbaugh

May 4, 2017 7:56 AM

Jed York is thrilled with new coach-general manager duo Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch, but may sit down for dinner with Jim Harbaugh in the near future.

"I'd love to sit down with Jim," York told Peter King. "Not in front of cameras, not in front of anybody else but just share an evening with him and truly say thank you and wish him the best of luck. Not obviously when he plays Notre Dame, but for the rest of the season, wish him the best of luck."

The San Francisco 49ers and Harbaugh parted ways after the 2014 season amid rumors that Harbaugh was involved in a power struggle with Trent Baalke.

"I don't know if 'regret' is the right word," York said. "(Jim and I) had a lot of success together. We tried several times to get an extension done with Jim and, for whatever reason, those didn't culminate. And, ultimately, as successful as he was here, I think Jim is very happy. He's doing an unbelievable job at Michigan."

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Reuben Foster's Shoulder Led To Slide On Draft Night

May 3, 2017 1:45 PM

A shoulder condition that worried teams and could jeopardize his rookie season led Reuben Foster to slip to No. 31 on draft night, according to league sources.

Foster had surgery on his right shoulder.

"The surgery didn't take," said one source.

The San Francisco 49ers were happy to be able to select the former Alabama linebacker at the back end of the first round.

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John Lynch, Solomon Thomas Were Classmates At Stanford

May 2, 2017 8:09 AM

The first time John Lynch and Solomon Thomas met, they were classmates at Stanford.

Lynch hadn't finished his degree when he left for the NFL in 1993 and decided to go back in 2014 when Thomas was a freshman. The pair were in the same Management Science and Engineering course and actually worked together on a project.

Three years later, Lynch drafted Thomas was the third overall pick as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.

"He was on top of all the stuff, coming back as an older person, compared to us young people," Thomas said of Lynch. "He was on top of discipline, very studious and diligent."

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49ers Thought Bears Were Targeting Solomon Thomas

May 1, 2017 10:48 AM

The Chicago Bears refused to tell the San Francisco 49ers who they were targeting at No. 2. The Bears, however, weren't the only team to call the 49ers with serious interest in moving up.

The 49ers had Myles Garrett first on their board, followed by Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster. The 49ers assumed it was Thomas.

“We got some good action on the pick,” said Paraag Marathe.

When Garrett went to the Browns at No. 1, John Lynch asked Marathe to call the Bears to get a little bit more.

Marathe called the Bears. “To try to solidify this now,” Marathe said to Pace, “we’re gonna need a little bit more to finish. It wouldn’t have to be much. Like, your four. So let’s say your third, 67 overall, this year, your three next year, and your four this year, 111 overall … I’m not gonna string you along … No … I will do it quickly. Let me get with John and Kyle (Shanahan) and I’ll call you right back.”

The Bears agreed to give up two third round picks and a fourth rounder to move up just one spot.

“Man, who do they want?” Lynch said. “Gotta be Solomon, right?”

“Call me crazy,” Marathe said. “But I think it’s (Mitchell) Trubisky.”

“Then why’d they go get [free-agent quarterback Mike] Glennon?” Lynch said.

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49ers Were Prepared To Draft Reuben Foster At No. 3

May 1, 2017 9:16 AM

The San Francisco 49ers were prepared to draft Reuben Foster third overall, but were able to take him with the No. 31 pick.

San Francisco didn't know who the Chicago Bears planned to take when they moved up from No. 3 to No. 2. If the Bears had taken Solomon Thomas second overall and the 49ers couldn't trade down, they likely would have pulled the trigger on Foster with the third pick.

The 49ers tracked Foster's stock and tried multiple times to trade up and take him. With the New Orleans Saints prepared to take him 32nd, the 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks for the 31st pick.

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Bears May Have Been Competing Against Themselves Trading Up
John Fox even was unaware of the Bears' plans to draft Trubisky until a few hours before the draft.

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Week 13 Win Over 49ers Cost Bears Three Draft Picks
The Bears traded up to the No. 2 pick to take Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday night.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

RealGM Staff Report

Bears Trade Up To No. 2 To Select Mitchell Trubisky
The 49ers want to trade down again.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Considering A Quarterback With No. 2 Pick
The 49ers are strongly considering a quarterback with the second overall pick this week, according to several sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

49ers, Bears 'Most Antsy' To Trade Down In First Round
The 49ers and Bears are the "most antsy" teams looking to trade down in the first round of this month's NFL Draft.

Peter King/TheMMQB

49ers Receiving Calls About No. 2 Pick, Are 'Open For Business'
John Lynch says the 49ers are "open for business" on a possible trade involving the second overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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

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49ers To Meet With Myles Garrett In Case Browns Don't Take Him No. 1
John Lynch was on hand for Myles Garrett's pro day workout in College Station.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Colin Kaepernick Remaining Unsigned This Late Is Historical Anomaly
Since 1966, only one under-30 quarterback has had as good a year as Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 has gone unsigned the next year.

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Jerry Jones' Legends To Profit Immensely Due To NFL Relocations
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.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

49ers Not Expecting To Convert Raiders' Fans
The 49ers will be the lone franchise in the Bay Area for the third time in their history.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Richard Sherman Believes Colin Kaepernick Being Blackballed
Richard Sherman spoke of how many inferior quarterbacks have been easily signed yet Colin Kaepernick is still waiting to receive interest.

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

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

Donald Trump Takes Credit For Colin Kaepernick Being Unsigned
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 49ers three weeks ago.

ESPN

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.

ESPN

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.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

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.

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