49ers Rumors & News

  • Chip Kelly runs NFL’s fastest offense, just not as fast as before

    Pro Football Talk "Chip Kelly became famous for the fast-paced offense he ran at Oregon, and in all four of his seasons as an NFL head coach his offenses have had the fastest pace in the NFL. But Kelly doesn’t think his offense is really all that fast. “I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So..." October 27

  • Report: 49ers waive injured DL Ian Williams

    Sportsnaut "At one point, Ian Williams appeared to be long-term building block for the San Francisco 49ers. On Thursday, the defensive tackle was released by the club. What’s most shocking about this move is that not too long ago, Williams was set to be a fixture with the 49ers." October 27

  • Poll finds anthem protests hurting NFL ratings

    ESPN "A variety of factors are leading to fans watching NFL games for fewer minutes this season, but a poll taken this week suggests that protests over the national anthem are the most dominant factor. In a Seton Hall Sports Poll released Thursday, 56 percent of those surveyed said they believed fans..." October 27

  • Goodell defends NFL policies, says league has ‘made tremendous progress’ on domestic violence

    New York Daily News "Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara admitted this week to his and the team's "misguided decisions" with regard to ex-kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offered up no such contrition Wednesday night when he made his first public..." October 27

  • ‘Fire Baalke’ banner to fly over 49ers’ next home game

    Sportsnaut "Things have gone from bad to jump of the ledge horrible for the San Francisco 49ers. The team enters its Week 8 bye with a 1-6 record and in the midst of a six-game losing streak. During said losing streak, San Francisco is being outscored by an average of 19 points per game. Surely, fans are..." October 26

  • 49ers Not Shopping Players

    Pro Football Rumors "The 49ers are not shopping Torrey Smith and a trade is not anticipated, a league source tells Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Of course, just because the Niners are shopping Smith, that doesn’t mean that they would not be open to a trade. At this point, multiple outlets have reported trade talks..." October 26

  • There Are No Elite Teams in 2016

    The Ringer "For the first time in weeks, the NFL was the only show in town on Sunday night. With the World Series matchup set and the three presidential debates mercifully a thing of the past, Sunday Night Football took center stage as the weekend wound to a close. What followed was a game that will likely be..." October 25

  • Disgruntled 49ers fan vandalizes Trent Baalke’s Wikipedia page

    San Jose Mercury News "Welcome to graffiti and fan disaffection in the 21st Century. One day after the 49ers dropped to 1-6 with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium, one of their fans did more than express an opinion about General Manager Trent Baalke. The fan presented it as fact, altering..." October 25

  • 49ers Not Shopping WR Torrey Smith

    CSN Bay Area "San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports. The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading..." October 25

  • Eagles, 49ers talking Torrey Smith trade

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles and 49ers are discussing a trade involving wide receiver Torrey Smith, multiple sources told PFT. No deal is imminent, but the Eagles potentially acquiring Smith makes sense. He’s been disappointing while playing on bad offenses in two seasons with the 49ers, and the Eagles would..." October 25

  • Chip Kelly says no changes to defensive staff

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers defense got torn up again on Sunday, allowing 513 total yards and 249 rushing yards to the Buccaneers in a 34-17 loss that sent them into their bye week with a 1-6 record. Jacquizz Rodgers became the second straight back to gain at least 100 rushing yards in the first half of a game..." October 24

  • Kaepernick doesn’t think anthem protests affect ratings

    Sacramento Bee "Millions of people still watch NFL games, and millions more don’t, and it’s the millions who did before but don’t anymore who have become a concern for the people responsible for the financial health of the $13 billion empire. Entering the seventh week of the season, the Nielsen company..." October 24

  • Kelly: 'I would think' Kaepernick stays starting QB after bye week

    San Jose Mercury News "Colin Kaepernick is 0-2 upon his return as the 49ers starting quarterback, and coach Chip Kelly is not ready to strip him of that role. “I would think Colin would stay at quarterback,” Kelly said Monday on KNBR 680-AM. “He’s done some really good things with his legs to extend drives and keep..." October 24

  • Chip Kelly says it’s “news to him” if Staley is on trade block

    Pro Football Talk "If the 49ers are shopping offensive tackle Joe Staley ahead of next week’s trade deadline, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has no knowledge of it. “That’s news to me,” Kelly told reporters. “Nobody’s had any discussions with me about Joe being traded. We need Joe here.” Kelly isn’t in..." October 24

  • 49ers will seek 1st-round pick for Joe Staley

    San Francisco Chronicle "The 49ers’ longest-tenured player may not be with the team much longer. Left tackle Joe Staley will be available before the trade deadline Nov. 1 and the 49ers are hoping to receive a first-round pick for the five-time Pro Bowl selection, ProFootballTalk.com reported. At 1-6, the 49ers could..." October 24

  • Aaron Lynch: 49ers are possibly one of the best teams in the NFL

    CSN Bay Area "The search for answers will continue during the 49ers’ bye week. But coach Chip Kelly said he has already concluded he will make no changes to the defensive staff. The 49ers surrendered 513 yards of total offense to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadiium. The Buccaneers, who..." October 24

  • Buccaneers hand 49ers sixth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "By Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were running out of healthy running backs just four games into the season. Starter Doug Martin injured a hamstring in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, and backup Charles Sims hurt a knee in Week 4..." October 23

  • With Carlos Hyde out, 49ers promote DuJuan Harris

    Pro Football Talk "49ers running back Carlos Hyde will miss Sunday’s game against the Bucs with a shoulder injury. That means more reps for Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn — and a roster spot for DuJuan Harris. The 49ers have promoted Harris to the active roster. To create space for him, the team waived defensive..." October 22

  • Ray Lewis 'I Support Kaepernick 1000% ... But Kneeling Just Isn't Enough'

    TMZ "Ray Lewis says he's 1000% behind Colin Kaepernick's protest for social justice ... but when it comes to making change it's gonna take more than kneeling to uplift black Americans. Lewis co-hosted the "TMZ Sports" TV show and got more in-depth then ever on his feelings on Kaep's stand -- and..." October 22

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Torrey Smith joins chorus of criticism of how NFL has handled Josh Brown case

    SI "Torrey Smith of the San Francisco 49ers took to Twitter to criticize the NFL's handling of domestic violence in light of the news that New York Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to abusing his ex-wife Molly Brown. Brown has been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list but will still be paid as..." October 22

  • NFL.com Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • Carlos Hyde Ruled Out for Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay

    49ers.com "The San Francisco 49ers will be without their starting running back on Sunday. Carlos Hyde (shoulder) won't play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7, the team announced in their final injury report on Friday. Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis will be called upon to fill the void. Hyde..." October 21

  • Agent's Take: Here's 11 QBs who could be starting elsewhere in 2017, like Tony Romo

    CBS Sports "Everything starts with the quarterback in today's NFL. Sustained NFL success is difficult without good quarterback play, although the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 because of a suffocating defense. The search for the ever-elusive franchise quarterback drives some of the NFL's most important..." October 21

  • Ted Cruz calls Colin Kaepernick ‘spoiled’ and ‘knuckle-headed’

    The Comeback "Ted Cruz deeply admires Colin Kaepernick’s willingness to speak out on something he believes in and applauds the quarterback’s stance against police violence, the Texas senator said Thursday. Just kidding! Cruz feels about Kaepernick exactly as you’d expect and called him a bunch of mean names..." October 21

  • 49ers Won’t Fire GM Trent Baalke?

    Pro Football Rumors "The 49ers are 1-5 and it doesn’t sound like Chip Kelly‘s first season in SF will result in a playoff berth. Still, GM Trent Baalke‘s job is not in jeopardy at this time, according to a source who spoke with Jason Cole of Bleacher Report The Niners have struggled on both sides of the ball so far..." October 20

  • Chip Kelly won’t be leaving the 49ers . . . voluntarily

    Pro Football Talk "Chip Kelly is not going to be the Oregon coach. Again. In his first year with the 49ers after three-and-out in Philly, rumors of a return to college football already are percolating regarding Kelly, fueled by his 1-5 record. Meeting with reporters on Thursday, Kelly was asked whether he is..." October 20

  • Chip Kelly could ‘hit the eject button’ on NFL career after 2016

    CBS Sports "You are going to hear a ton about San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly returning to college football in the coming weeks. A ton. Especially as boosters at top NCAA programs start putting feelers out all over the place. You'll hear rumors about Jon Gruden and possibly Sean Payton as well (yes,..." October 20

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • Chip Kelly has no gripes about the Microsoft tablet

    Pro Football Talk "One of the best coaches in NFL history is done with the Microsoft tablet. A coach who frankly may not be an NFL coach for a lot longer has no issues with the device. “I think sometimes they’re not, you know, you have the pictures to back them up that are printed out and those don’t change,”..." October 19

  • 49ers Carlos Hyde not likely to face Buccaneers

    San Jose Mercury News "Carlos Hyde’s unspecified shoulder injury is not considered a long-term issue but it likely will keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday. Hyde, the league’s 11th-leading rusher, is wearing a sling to support his right arm. He did not..." October 19

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • Eddie DeBartolo’s daughter calls for Jed York’s ousting from the 49ers

    Sportsnaut "Plenty of San Francisco 49ers’ fans aren’t fond of team CEO Jed York and long for the day where he no longer runs the team. One relatively unexpected person can be included in that is York’s cousin, Lisa DeBartolo. Since Sunday’s loss at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, two local reporters..." October 19

  • 49ers Bring CB Will Redmond Back From IR

    Pro Football Rumors "The 49ers announced that they are bringing cornerback Will Redmond back from injured reserve. Redmond becomes the team’s one short-term IR player for the season, meaning that they cannot bring anyone else back from IR. The team now has a 21-day window to monitor him in practice. If all goes well,..." October 18

  • 49ers’ Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick will start against Bucs

    San Francisco Chronicle "Colin Kaepernick will get another shot. Buffalo players might not have made the same choice, but they don’t have any input. The decision falls to 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, and he unequivocally said Kaepernick will start Sunday against Tampa Bay. Kaepernick played unevenly in Sunday’s..." October 18

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • 'Done. Terrible' — Bills Players Call Out Kaepernick

    Bleacher Report "At his press conference, Colin Kaepernick spoke in a Muhammad Ali t-shirt. He wants to be remembered through the same lens as Ali, as an athlete who fought for social justice and succeeded. "I can't let him die in vain," the 49ers quarterback said Sunday. Maybe Kaepernick will be..." October 18

  • Colin Kaepernick remains 49ers’ starting quarterback

    Pro Football Talk "Colin Kaepernick will get at least one more game as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Coach Chip Kelly said today that Kaepernick will start on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Kelly benched Blaine Gabbert for Kaepernick last week, and Kaepernick got his first start of the season yesterday..." October 17

  • Colin Kaepernick gets booed prior to his first start of season

    Pro Football Talk "Colin Kaepernick continued to kneel through the national anthem, and Bills fans booed him as he did it (so much for showing respect for the anthem). But once the game started, the change in quarterback didn’t change the results for the 49ers offense." October 16

  • McCoy's 3 TDs help Bills trounce 49ers

    The Sports Xchange "The Sports XChange ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – When assistant head coach Rob Ryan addressed the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, he asked, What did we have to give up for LeSean McCoy, three first-round picks? The Bills acquired McCoy prior to last season in a trade with the Philadelphia..." October 16

  • Kaepernick: 'I don't see what's un-American about fighting for liberty'

    Sacramento Bee "Colin Kaepernick was sacked three times Sunday and took plenty of abuse when he went to the sideline as well. "You hear a lot of crazy stuff," receiver Quinton Patton said. "I don't want to be saying anything I'm not supposed to. But it's a lot of negative and a lot of hard stuff coming toward..." October 16

  • Fan Throws Beer Bottle at Kaepernick on Sideline

    Black Sports Online "Colin Kaepernick will be a polarizing player for the rest of the season. The narrative around Kap should be focused on how well he played today but instead we must report the actions of unruly fans in Buffalo. I’d say we are surprised but honestly this is the treatment Colin will have to play..." October 16

  • Anti-Kaepernick merchandise for sale outside Bills' stadium

    Black Sports Online "I wonder how Rex Ryan feels about this. Merchandise, not licensed to the Bills or the NFL was being sold outside Ralph Wilson stadium, and it wasn’t pretty. Anti-Colin Kaepernick shirts with rifle scopes, were for sale outside of the Buffalo Bills’ stadium ahead of the team’s game against..." October 16

  • 49ers bought $7.5 million insurance policy for Kaepernick

    Fox Sports "For the first time this season, Colin Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback. His “promotion” to the top of the depth chart was made possible when he and the team agreed to a re-worked contract last week, rescinding his injury guarantees for 2017. As a result, the 49ers..." October 16

  • Colin Kaepernick can actually earn more money in 2016 with his new contract

    CBS Sports "Colin Kaepernick's path to returning as 49ers starter was eased by his willingness to alter his contract, and he stands to benefit from the new deal in 2016 more than he did previously, sources said. In addition to being able to hit free agency after this season and void the final years of his..." October 16

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes back her 'harsh' comments on Colin Kaepernick

    Sporting News "Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Friday for her comments regarding Colin Kaepernick and the protest he has started in the NFL. "Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand..." October 14

  • Report: NFL fines 49ers running back Carlos Hyde

    CSN Bay Area "Carlos Hyde reportedly owes the NFL some money. The 49ers running back was fined $9,115 for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty last Thursday night against the Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. " October 14

  • Teams interested in Colin Kaepernick thought he might retire

    Sportsnaut "As San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to make his first start of the 2016 season, there’s been a lot come out about his relationship with the team. The two sides just recently agreed to a contract restructure that pretty much voids the final four years of his old deal...." October 14

  • Group to fly pro-Colin Kaepernick banner over New Era Field during 49ers-Bills game

    Sportsnaut "While many Americans find Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest an affront to American pride, there are many others who find it inspiring. One group which represents the latter in this cultural divide, the California-based Courage Campaign, will be supporting Kaepernick with a banner that..." October 14

  • Chip Kelly has interesting take on why he announced QB decision

    Pro Football Talk "Say what you will about 49ers coach Chip Kelly, he’s incredibly transparent. On Thursday, he explained why he chose transparency regarding the recent change in quarterback. In response to a question regarding his reason for not concealing his plan at quarterback until the weekend, Kelly..." October 14