49ers Rumors & News

  • 49ers’ interest in ILB began well before draft

    San Francisco Chronicle "Shortly after 49ers general manager John Lynch was hired in January, he was on the phone with Broncos executive Adam Peters, whom Lynch eventually hired on his second full day on the job. One of Lynch’s first questions to his soon-to-be right-hand man was about the upcoming draft: “We’ve got..." May 28

  • Colin Kaepernick To Seahawks “Likely To Happen?”

    Pro Football Rumors "The Seahawks became the first team to meet with Colin Kaepernick this offseason about a potential roster spot, and the latest coming out of the league is pointing the former 49ers starter to the Pacific Northwest. Many around the NFL expect this union to commence, with ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler..." May 28

  • Would the Detroit Lions sign Colin Kaepernick? Not right now, Jim Caldwell says

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell was unequivocal about his interest in free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “No,” he said, “we have the guys that we want at this point in time.” Those comments came moments before the Lions opened organized team activities practice to reporters for the..." May 28

  • Did Spike Lee just break news that Colin Kaepernick signed with the Seahawks?

    Fanrag Sports "Spike Lee and Colin Kaepernick are hanging out this weekend, and Lee took to Instagram to thank Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll for the “signing” of Kaepernick. Remember: Kaepernick has not officially been signed yet." May 27

  • Titans' Rishard Matthews changes tone on Colin Kaepernick

    Tennessean "Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews lost his brother in Afghanistan, so when he publicly criticized Colin Kaepernick, his former college quarterback, for kneeling during the national anthem last season, his words carried extra weight. But given time, Matthews’ perspective has changed. And he..." May 27

  • NFL continues to punish top assistant coaches

    ALL 22 "There are probably a lot of disappointed assistant coaches around the NFL this week. At the beginning of the week, there was a sense of joy and triumph amongst them. However, that elation and satisfaction has been tabled. On Tuesday, when the NFL owners met in Chicago for their annual May..." May 26

  • Former NFL head coach: Colin Kaepernick would be a good fit for the Browns

    Sportsnaut "Eric Mangini spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers. All three years included Colin Kaepernick acting as the team’s starting quarterback. Needless to say, Mangini knows a little bit about what the free agent can bring to the table. Also important to note here,..." May 26

  • 49ers TE applauds Kyle Shanahan for trade talks

    CSN Bay Area "- Tight end Vance McDonald became aware of a report the 49ers had engaged in trade talks involving him at his brother’s wedding in Austin, Texas. But McDonald said he did not give it much thought because he had another immediate priority. “I still had my best man’s speech to do,” McDonald..." May 26

  • Eric Mangini would vouch for Colin Kaepernick, if a team asked

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Mangini spent three years as an assistant coach on the 49ers and got to know Colin Kaepernick well, and he wishes some team would call him to ask for advice about Kaepernick. Because Mangini thinks Kaepernick is a player who deserves a chance. “I haven’t personally talked to anybody about..." May 26

  • Awkward beginnings: Kyle Shanahan finding his rhythm as 49ers head coach

    ESPN "In the opening days of the San Francisco 49ers' organized team activities, there have been occasional moments where quarterback Brian Hoyer has turned to ask coach Kyle Shanahan a question only to find he's talking to nobody. Such is the acclimation period for a quarterback who once had..." May 26

  • Brandon Jacobs: Jim Harbaugh ‘didn’t know what he was doing’ in NFL

    Larry Brown Sports "Brandon Jacobs had some harsh words for Jim Harbaugh during a recent interview. Jacobs was a teammate of Tiki Barber on the New York Giants in 2005 and 2006. In his second-to-last season in the NFL, Jacobs played for Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers, though he didn’t do much for them. On..." May 26

  • Colin Kaepernick 'wants to be a Seahawk'

    CBS Sports "Colin Kaepernick's market is finally heating up in the sense that one team is showing interest in the former 49ers quarterback. But his reported visit with the Seahawks wasn't everything it was initially made out to be. On Thursday, Pro Football Talk reported that Kaepernick's visit to Seattle..." May 25

  • Colin Kaepernick Supporters Gather At NFL HQ 'We Stand For Him'

    TMZ "Colin Kaepernick's most passionate supporters gathered at the NFL Headquarters in NYC Wednesday ... expressing their solidarity with the free agent QB. Kevin Livingston of "100 Suits For 100 Men" -- the group Kaep donated 50 custom suits to earlier this month -- organized the event featuring..." May 25

  • Kaepernick’s Seattle trip was a visit only, not a workout

    Pro Football Talk "Some confusing lingers regarding precisely what it is that happened in Seattle when quarterback Colin Kaepernick came to town. Despite a suggestion in at least one corner of the NFL universe that Kaepernick would be working out for the Seahawks, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT..." May 25

  • Jim Harbaugh takes blame for 2011 incident with Jim Schwartz

    ESPN "Jim Harbaugh admitted this week that enthusiasm might have gotten the better of him in one of the more memorable postgame handshakes in recent NFL history. Harbaugh, who is known for his enthusiasm, said during an interview on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast that he was in the wrong in..." May 24

  • Colin Kaepernick expected to work out for Seahawks

    NFL.com "Colin Kaepernick will finally get a chance to show he can and wants to play football. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Seattle Seahawks are slated to work out reserve quarterbacks soon, barring a change of plans, and Kaepernick is expected to be among them,..." May 24

  • Bowman unfazed about competition, guarantees he’ll start for 49ers

    Sacramento Bee "NaVorro Bowman’s offseason has included a rehabilitation from yet another major injury, watching the 49ers sign one inside linebacker to a big-money deal and draft another in the first round and, most recently, a rumor that he’s on the trade block. His reaction: barely a yawn. The veteran..." May 24

  • 49ers’ Thomas and Taylor: Different frames, same fire

    San Francisco Chronicle "Solomon Thomas is massive; Trent Taylor is miniature. The physical differences between the 49ers’ rookie defensive lineman (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) and wide receiver (5-8, 181) are obvious, but their similarity in one department - their passion for football - is part of what made them so..." May 23

  • Non-profit group plans show of support for Kaepernick at NFL HQ

    ESPN "A New York-based organization that works with parolees trying to get back into the workforce has organized a show of solidarity for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which will take place on May 24 at 5 p.m. at NFL headquarters in New York. Kevin Livingston, the president of 100 Suits..." May 22

  • Socialist city council member in Seattle urges Seahawks to sign Kaepernick

    CBS Sports "If Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant ran the Seahawks' front office, it sounds like the first -- and only -- player she would sign is Colin Kaepernick. Sawant, a socialist who has been a city council member since 2014, believes that Kaepernick would be welcomed in Seattle. In a..." May 21

  • 49ers eyeing veteran Kedric Golston for d-line depth

    Sacramento Bee "The 49ers worked out three defensive linemen on Thursday, including veteran Kedric Golston, who overlapped with Kyle Shanahan for four seasons in Washington. Golston, 33, was Washington’s starting nose tackle last season but went on injured reserve following a severe hamstring tear in the..." May 20

  • Kenny Stills expresses support Colin Kaepernick

    Miami Herald "Colin Kaerpernick blazed the trail, and Kenny Stills walked it all season. But their paths have diverged ever since. While Stills’ decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality didn’t hurt his bottom line, the same doesn’t appear to be true for..." May 20

  • Drew Brees doesn't believe Kaepernick is being blackballed

    The Sports Quotient "Many have questioned whether or not Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed from the NFL for his protests against injustice last season, but Drew Brees doesn’t believe that is the case. “I don’t think it’s a situation where he is being blackballed,” Brees said in an interview with Mark..." May 20

  • Buried treasure? Undrafted Cole Hikutini could stick with 49ers

    San Francisco Chronicle "When asked Tuesday if he had a few favorites in the 49ers’ 10-man draft class, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters ticked off several players. Then, he threw out a surprise. “I do like Hikutini,” Peters said, “even though we didn’t draft him.” That would be Louisville tight end..." May 19

  • Colin Kaepernick is making history in the moment with items headed to Smithsonian

    USA Today "It should come as no surprise that as plans for the National Museum of African American History and Culture were developed a few years ago, director Lonnie Bunch reached out to Harry Edwards for input. The eminent sociologist, himself a piece of walking history, helped with a game-changers..." May 19

  • Buccaneers didn’t pursue Colin Kaepernick as Jameis Winston backup

    Pro Football Talk "Deferring to others the question of whether Colin Kaepernick and his 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions with 11 starts would have been a better choice for the Buccaneers than Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 12 touchdown passes against 17 interceptions with 11 starts, the question for now is whether..." May 19

  • 9 NFL players who could be traded before the start of the 2017 season

    Fox Sports "We don't see too many trades in the NFL, and that's a shame — trading is one of the most interesting parts of sports. Ultimately, it's difficult for teams to pull the trigger on a deal — often a player that's being shopped in a trade is one that is also likely to be cut from the roster. Why give..." May 19

  • Wayne Walker, longtime Bay Area sports broadcaster, dies at 80

    San Francisco Chronicle "Wayne Walker, who spent 15 years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Detroit Lions and then two decades in the Bay Area as the sports director for KPIX (Channel 5), died Friday from complications from Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Walker, who had lived in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, since the..." May 19

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, Who Threw as Many Interceptions in 2 Weeks as Colin Kaepernick Has Thrown in 2 Years, Gets Job

    The Big Lead "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed to terms. The addition of a 34-year-old backup quarterback coming off a dreadful season isn’t the most exciting news in the world. But, luckily, it shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum anyway. With each and every middling quarterback to find..." May 19

  • Rookie RB Joe Williams the Favorite to Unseat Carlos Hyde

    CSN Bay Area "The 49ers begin organized team activities next week, which will give the coaching staff an extended opportunity to evaluate players before reconvening for training camp in late-July. Here are a couple of questions submitted via Facebook about how some notable players fit into the new..." May 17

  • NFL owners expected to approve proposal reducing overtime to 10 minutes

    Sportsnaut "The NFL’s overtime rules are expected to receive a major change in the form of how long the overtime period will last. NFL owners are expected to pass a proposal that would reduce the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 during regular season games, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. This was a..." May 17

  • Russell Wilson Would Be OK With Kaepernick Signing

    Pro Football Rumors "The Seahawks have some interest in signing Colin Kaepernick and starter Russell Wilson will not stand in the way of a potential deal. Even though the two quarterbacks are former divisional rivals, Wilson would not have any sort of problem with the signing, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links)..." May 16

  • Michael Bennett: Seattle the 'perfect place' for Colin Kaepernick

    ESPN "Defensive end Michael Bennett said Tuesday that Seattle would be the "perfect place" for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to sign. "I think a person that's dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn't you want that type of leadership in your locker room?" Bennett told John Clayton and Gee..." May 16

  • Report: Seahawks Reached Out To Colin Kaepernick’s Agent Last Friday

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Silver of NFL Media reports that Seahawks GM John Schneider reached out to free agent QB Colin Kaepernick’s agent last Friday. Interest in him as According to Silver, Seattle’s interest in Kaepernick as a potential backup quarterback “is legit.” ———— Seahawks HC Pete Carroll..." May 16

  • It’s clear 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan has a ‘type’ of quarterback he prefers

    Sacramento Bee "“No threat to pick up yards with his feet.” That’s the draft report for Matt Barkley when he was coming out of USC in 2013, but it could have been written of most of the four quarterbacks on the 49ers’ roster. Consider these college rushing totals: ▪ Brian Hoyer: minus-205 yards ▪..." May 16

  • These 49ers rookie free agents could make the team

    San Francisco Gate "The 49ers have flooded their roster with rookies. Not only did they augment the team with an eight-member draft class, but they also signed 19 rookie free agents, and that number might increase. The team released a few veterans like running backs DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis to make room for more..." May 14

  • Colin Kaepernick speaks (to Shannon Sharpe)

    Pro Football Talk "Conspicuously quiet during his extended stretch in free-agency, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently broke his silence. Sort of. Kaepernick called Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe on Thursday night, after word emerged that Dr. Harry Edwards, described as an advisor to Kaepernick by..." May 13

  • 49ers sign third-rounder Ahkello Witherspoon

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers broke the seal on signing draft picks, by starting with a third-rounder. The team announced they signed Ahkello Witherspoon to the standard four-year deal, the first of their 10 picks to sign. The cornerback from Colorado was the first of their two third-rounders (66th overall)." May 12

  • Colin Kaepernick conundrum: Will QB take another NFL snap?

    NFL.com "It's about time to start seriously wondering if we'll ever see Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL again. The free agency signing period opened two months ago. The draft has come and gone. Even the possibility that a team could lose a compensatory pick by signing Kaepernick as a free agent has..." May 12

  • Kaepernick’s girlfriend refutes report about teams inquiring

    Yardbarker "Colin Kaepernick has supposedly received interest from at least three NFL teams since he became a free agent, but for some reason the quarterback knows nothing about it. At least, that’s what his girlfriend is claiming. Harry Edwards, a sociologist who has been an adviser to Kaepernick and..." May 12

  • Kaepernick adviser says 3 teams have called about QB's services

    ESPN "An adviser to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he has been contacted by three teams inquiring about Kaepernick since the free-agency period began in March. Harry Edwards, a renowned sociologist and civil rights activist who has mentored Kaepernick, told USA Today..." May 12

  • 49ers' offseason revamp features turnover of more than half the roster

    ESPN "Upon hiring a new coach in Kyle Shanahan and general manager in John Lynch, the San Francisco 49ers were basically guaranteed to begin a massive makeover of their roster. The only question was just how big that makeover would be? Now that free agency, the NFL draft and undrafted free agency are..." May 12

  • Report: Kaepernick has not met with any NFL teams

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL Draft has come and gone, and Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. With the way things stand at the moment, it does not sound like that will be changing any time soon. If at all. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury news wrote a lengthy piece on Thursday trying to make sense of some..." May 11

  • NaVorro Bowman trade rumors shut down by 49ers' John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan

    Sporting News "NaVorro Bowman's future with the 49ers, considering the injuries that have forced the star linebacker off the field in two of the last three seasons, became questionable when San Francisco went through an organizational overhaul with this year's hiring of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle..." May 11

  • 49ers ILB Bowman available for trade

    Rotoworld "The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reports the 49ers have "made it known" ILB Navorro Bowman is available for trade. He may be "available," but no team is going to trade for Bowman's contract. He signed a seven-year, $77 million deal last August and promptly tore his Achilles' in November. The 49ers..." May 11

  • Cardinals reportedly will sign QB Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal

    Fox Sports "The Arizona Cardinals are adding a little insurance at quarterback, reportedly signing Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal. Gabbert started five games last season with the 49ers, completing 57 percent of his passes for 925 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016. The 27-year-old..." May 11

  • Colin Kaepernick help kids know their rights, and their identities

    Pro Football Talk "Colin Kaepernick continues to want to play quarterback in the NFL. He also continues to want to do more to impact American youth in a positive way. Enter the Know Your Rights Camps. Most recently, Kaepernick hosted roughly 200 youths in Chicago for the event, which followed similar programs in..." May 10

  • Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating

    NFL.com "The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. According to a release sent out by the league Wednesday, Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of..." May 10

  • John Lynch expects Reuben Foster will be “full go” at training camp

    Pro Football Talk "When discussing first-round pick Reuben Foster’s shoulder last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said that the “worst-case scenario” would be that Foster misses some time early in his rookie year after having surgery this offseason. Other teams have taken a dimmer view of the linebacker’s health,..." May 09

  • 49ers GM John Lynch not sweating Reuben Foster, NaVorro Bowman situations

    Sporting News "John Lynch has heard all the chatter about Reuben Foster’s health and NaVorro Bowman’s role with the 2017 San Francisco 49ers. And the team’s new general manager isn’t sweating it about either linebacker. Lynch told co-host Mark Dominik and me Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he..." May 09