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  • San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle deflected questions about his contract status while speaking with reporters during the week following Super Bowl LIV. The All-Pro player told reporters to direct those questions toward his agent. Those contract negotiations are ongoing, but Kittle isn't making it a secret where he prefers to be for the long-term. Apparently, the tight end told head coach Kyle Shanahan's wife, Mandy, that he loves playing for her husband and the 49ers as the group recently enjoyed a game of golf. But it was supposed to be a secret. Kittle is, after all, trying to get as much money as he can from the team. "He told my wife how much he liked it here," Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in...
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    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch provided a few player updates while speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Lynch was asked about the status of veteran tackle Joe Staley, who the general manager believes will be back in 2020. It was an interesting topic of discussion, considering nothing was indicating that the offensive lineman would not return. Of course, Staley is preparing to enter his 14th NFL season, and suffered through his second crushing Super Bowl loss. The tackle is signed through the 2021 season and has in the past given every indication that he plans to finish out his contract. Lynch was also asked about wide receiver Jalen Hurd, who spent the early part of last season inactive due to a back...
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    46 mins ago 1 comment
    Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has — probably unfairly — shouldered much of the blame for the San Francisco 49ers' collapse against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. The criticisms being fair or not will depend on whom you ask. Garoppolo had an MVP-level performance for much of the game. The quarterback couldn't get anything going late in the game, however, with the 49ers clinging to a 10-point lead. Garoppolo completed just three of his 11 passes for 36 yards, an interception, and a passer rating of 2.8 in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs rallied and scored 21 unanswered points in a matter of minutes. There is a lot of blame to pass around, but one person who doesn't blame Garoppolo is Kyle Shanahan. The head coach knows the 49ers...
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    Wide receiver Deebo Samuel really came up big during his rookie campaign with the San Francisco 49ers. Many have started to view him as a legitimate No. 1 wideout for the team. Samuel finished the regular season with 57 catches for 802 receiving yards with three touchdowns while adding 14 rushing attempts for 159 yards with three rushing scores. His three games of 100-or-more receiving yards are the most by a rookie in a single season in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Samuel's 57 receptions are the second-most by a rookie in franchise history. Only Earl Cooper had more with 83 in 1980. Samuel's 802 receiving yards also ranks as the second-most by a rookie in franchise history, behind only Jerry Rice, who had 927 in 1985. "We...
  • By David Bonilla
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    An outstanding and deep group of wide receivers enters this year's draft. The San Francisco 49ers could be looking to upgrade the position, especially if the team declines to re-sign veteran Emmanuel Sanders. Deebo Samuel emerged as a very good receiver during his rookie 2019 campaign and was a big part of why the offense was so successful down the stretch. While the arrow went up for Samuel, a receiver from the previous draft class regressed. Dante Pettis couldn't even get on the football field during the second half of the season. He didn't record a single catch in his final 11 games, including the playoffs, and was inactive for three of those games, including Super Bowl LIV. Pettis was last targeted by his quarterback during Week 10. From the...
  • By David Bonilla
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    It's been over three weeks since the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Some are still criticizing Jimmy Garoppolo's performance late in the game, so naturally, 49ers general manager John Lynch was asked about his quarterback during his Tuesday press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "Extremely proud of Jimmy, and I can't speak enough about what a great teammate he is," Lynch told reporters. "From day one, when he entered our building, he made everyone else around him better, and I think he's continued to do that. He had his first full season as a starter in the NFL and ended up in the Super Bowl. "I know Jimmy feels the same way — we all do; we left a little out there (in the Super Bowl), and that's a...
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    It's media day over at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Mike Mayock is heading into his second season as the Las Vegas Raiders' general manager. The team finished the 2019 season with a 7-9 record in its last year in the Bay Area, all while watching the San Francisco 49ers enjoy a dominant season on the way to a Super Bowl appearance. Mayock and the Raiders are getting a fresh start in the desert, and they'd love to have the same success as their former-Bay Area rivals. Mayock was asked on Tuesday about San Francisco's seemingly "overnight success" in 2019 following a four-win season. Mayock didn't like the term "overnight success" because he realizes how much effort went into overhauling the 49ers' roster and getting to the point where they were able to...
  • By David Bonilla
    19 hrs ago 0 comments
    Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is about to enter his fifth NFL season and will be playing 2020 on his fifth-year rookie option unless a contract extension gets done this offseason. He may not be the San Francisco 49ers' priority extension in the coming months, however. There is no doubt that tight end George Kittle is the team's best player. While there are plenty of comparable contracts to figure out Buckner's worth, Kittle's potential deal is a bit trickier. There has been significant speculation surrounding what the All-Pro tight end might earn on his second NFL contract. There may be no comparable contracts, though. Right now, the highest-paid tight end, when it comes to average salary per year, is Jimmy Graham of the Green Bay Packers, who earns $10...
  • By David Bonilla
    19 hrs ago 8 comments
    Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is signed through the 2020 season. Unless an extension gets done this offseason, he will play the upcoming season on his fifth-year option. The San Francisco 49ers would like to keep Buckner for the foreseeable future, and reportedly tried to make that happen last offseason, but the two sides weren't seeing eye-to-eye, according to former NFL scout and current writer for The Athletic John Middlekauff. "I'm told the 49ers were offering a very lucrative deal last offseason," Middlekauff wrote for The Athletic, "but Buckner turned it down and chose to let it ride." So how...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 23, 2020 at 10:09 PM 0 comments
    Honestly, I thought this would go for a lot more. The NFL's National Tight Ends Day Championship Belt was auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Iowa Children's Hospital. It was introduced and presented to San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle on October 27, and then used to honor the top-performing tight ends for each week after. The unique souvenir raised just $7,100, which seems rather low considering the 49ers' All-Pro tight end wasn't the only player to sign the belt. Other player autographs include Noah Fant, Mark Andrews, Tyler Higbee, Zach Ertz, and others. The belt also featured Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce, so it had the autographs of both starting tight ends in Super Bowl LIV. Bidding on the National Tight Ends Day...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 23, 2020 at 8:13 AM 15 comments
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was one completed pass from a potential Super Bowl championship, MVP, and silencing his doubters. That didn't happen, and the Kansas City Chiefs, not the 49ers, took all the glory. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has already expressed faith in Garoppolo, despite the quarterback's fourth-quarter meltdown. He realizes that without Garoppolo, the 49ers probably would not have been in the Super Bowl in the first place. "We made those plays all year, our whole team," Shanahan said earlier this month. "That's one of the reasons we were there. Whenever you don't make those plays at the end in a game like that, first and foremost, the quarterback is going to get attacked and then usually the play-caller. We understand that's how...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:42 PM 4 comments
    Congratulations are in order for the Goodwin family. San Francisco 49ers fans are well aware of the hardships the couple has endured over the last few years while trying to have a baby. We're happy to report that Marquise Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, welcomed their first child into the world this week. I'm blessed 😍— MG (@marquisegoodwin) February 22,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:42 PM 0 comments
    The 32 NFL Players Association (NFLPA) representatives discussed the terms of the proposed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on Friday via a three-hour conference call. The outcome? We wait. There was hope that the player representatives for the 32 NFL teams would vote on the proposal during the call. Although, reports indicate that the conversation got "heated" as players voiced their dissatisfaction with the potential deal. They didn't vote and will delay any decision until after the NFLPA has a chance to speak with the NFL's executive committee next week in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine. The players' board does intend to vote after that, according to Tom...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 21, 2020 at 9:14 AM 0 comments
    The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will jump on a conference call on Friday to discuss the negotiated terms of a potential new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which NFL owners agreed to on Thursday. Now, it is in the hands of the players. If voted to pass by the NFLPA's team representatives, it will then go to the rest of the league's players for a vote. Players, like San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, have already voiced their opposition to the new proposal. Much of that opposition surrounds the inclusion of a 17-game regular season for each...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 21, 2020 at 8:29 AM 2 comments
    At one point, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman didn't sound too optimistic that another NFL lockout was avoidable, feeling that a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that includes a 17-game regular-season was too much of a risk to players. On Thursday, the NFL took a step toward a new agreement as the league and NFL Players Association met, and team owners agreed in principle to the terms of a new CBA. As expected, those terms include an option for a 17-game season, which is expected to begin at some point between the 2021 and 2023 seasons. Sherman remains against the proposal. When J.J. Watt voiced his displeasure surrounding the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 21, 2020 at 6:45 AM 0 comments
    Maybe, in an alternate reality, that Jimmy Garoppolo-thrown pass landed perfectly in Emmanuel Sanders' hands and the San Francisco 49ers, not the Kansas City Chiefs, ended up as Super Bowl LIV Champions. Maybe somewhere out there, neither Kyle Shanahan nor his Super Bowl LIV MVP quarterback is being questioned this offseason. If you would like a souvenir from that what-if reality, venture over to Livermore, California. A Target there was selling posters celebrating the Super Bowl LIV Champion 49ers. Damnit @Target...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 20, 2020 at 1:23 PM 0 comments
    The NFL sent out the following statement regarding the negotiations with the NFL Players Association for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The two parties met in New York today to continue negotiations, and appear on their way to a new deal. NFL owners appear to be onboard with the current negotiated terms. Now, the players will need to vote on the agreement. The current CBA was last ratified in 2011 and expires after the upcoming season. Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised tems that will transform the future of the game, provide for players — past, present, and future — both on and off the field, and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 19, 2020 at 6:28 PM 8 comments
    Get ready for a whole lot of discussion surrounding the NFL fate of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career next month. Will he land with the Las Vegas Raiders (pat on the back for not writing "Oakland"), as some have predicted? Will a quarterback-needy squad try to woo him? Or will a team that seemingly appears set at the position try to snag the future Hall of Famer? Former Chicago Bears guard, Kyle Long, hopes to see the latter. Long sat down with NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes on Wednesday and said he hopes Brady lands with a team on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl. More specifically, he named the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners already have a quarterback, though, right?...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 19, 2020 at 4:23 PM 3 comments
    The NFL and the NFLPA continue to negotiate the potential terms of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and hope to agree on a new deal soon. The current agreement was ratified in 2011 and extends through the 2020 season. With a new CBA could come a change to the NFL's playoff system. The league would reportedly like to extend the regular season from 16 games per team to 17 games while eliminating a preseason game. It also wants to add one more team per conference to the playoffs, increasing the total teams participating in the postseason from 12 to 14, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The increase in playoff teams would mean a...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:27 PM 9 comments
    What does Emmanuel Sanders bring to the San Francisco 49ers? In addition to a reliable target for his quarterback, maybe football and life lessons like this. The veteran is well-respected by the team's group of less-experienced wide receivers. It's probably no coincidence that the emergence of rookie Deebo Samuel coincided with the trade that sent Sanders from the Denver Broncos to the 49ers. Samuel has learned a lot from Sanders during their half a season together. That includes how to study film and game plan. "Ever since [Sanders has] been...
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