SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers signed third-round pick Will Redmond to a four-year contract Thursday. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Running back Kendall Gaskins signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Kyle Williams, who tried out for the team during minicamp this week. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Colin Kaepernick was convincing that he is a changed man and ready to stay put with the 49ers. Kaepernick expects zero issues between him and the front office, new coaching staff or his teammates even after he requested an offseason trade and actually explored one in depth with Denver. ”I haven’t even thought about a trade request in a long time,” Kaepernick said Thursday, his first interview in six months since the season ended. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick ended up staying with the San Francisco 49ers, even though it seems like neither side wanted that. The 49ers didn’t want to sell low and trade Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos for a lesser draft pick than they wanted. When Denver picked Paxton Lynch in the first round, that ended the trade talks. And there were no other teams that were interested in Kaepernick or had an opening at quarterback. So everyone had to smile and pretend to be happy. Kaepernick is playing along. “What Chip [Kelly], the coaching staff, my teammates have really done this offseason, and the work they’ve put in and how everything has been going, I’m very excited to be here,” Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area . “I’m very happy to be here. And looking forward to training camp.” It’s hard to believe that Kaepernick is happy to be with the 49ers after all that has gone on this offseason, but what choice does he have? It’s especially hard to buy that Kaepernick is thrilled to be with the 49ers after he said he hasn’t had any interaction with general manager Trent Baalke since he reported to the team’s offseason program on April 4. “No, I haven’t had any discussions with him,” Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area . “But, once again, I don’t want to get into specifics. I want to focus on football and making sure I’m prepared for this upcoming season.” [ Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now ] Kaepernick faces an important season. Another poor season would mean he’s three seasons removed from the high level he reached in 2011-13. But he did reach that high level, and it can happen again. However, he seems to have an uphill climb. Kaepernick was hurt last year. He underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and also had surgeries on his right thumb and left knee. He’s still working his way back, getting back to being able to do individual drills in practice only this week, and CSN Bay Area wrote that he has lost weight. Kaepernick admitted he needs to put on a “substantial amount of weight” before training camp starts in late July. He’ll need to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job, and NFL Network’s Michael Silver labeled Gabbert as a “heavy favorite” to begin the season as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. It’s hard to believe a healthy Kaepernick couldn’t beat Gabbert, but we don’t know if Kaepernick is healthy and he’s also learning a new offense under Kelly. If Kaepernick can’t win the starting job from Gabbert, it’s probably not the best sign for him. At least Kaepernick and the 49ers are playing nice and saying the right things. Nobody needs to make this any more uncomfortable than it already appears to be. – – – – – – – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Despite being 27 years old, Torrey Smith qualifies as the elder statesman of the 49ers wide receiving group. If there was any doubt two of Smith’s younger teammates – both wide receivers – gave him a reminder Wednesday as they needled him about being ”old” after Smith made a catch Wednesday during San Francisco’s mandatory minicamp. Like an older brother or wise uncle, Smith took it all in with a smile and a shrug. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Colin Kaepernick was cleared for individual work and took on-field reps Tuesday for the first time since undergoing multiple offseason surgeries. Kaepernick showed some rust early in the workout, which was expected after he was limited the entire offseason following surgeries on his left shoulder, knee and right thumb. ”He’s practicing,” coach Chip Kelly said. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Today we lost a champion. Rest in peace @MuhammadAli . pic.twitter.com/SXLsBWkaZg — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 4, 2016 The 2012 Baltimore Ravens, like millions of others around the world, were inspired by Muhammad Ali. Ali, the greatest heavyweight champion of all time, died on Friday. He played a role in that Ravens team becoming champions. A day before the regular-season opener, coach John Harbaugh had Ali and Ali’s wife Lonnie surprise his team with a visit . Ali spent some time with the team that day, taking pictures and shaking hands. The next day the Ravens won their season opener, their first victory in a season that ended with a Super Bowl victory against the San Francisco 49ers. Ali inspired the Ravens, and they had an effect on Ali as well. He watched and rooted for them all season. Ali’s daughter Laila tweeted a picture of her father wearing a Ray Lewis shirt on Super Bowl Sunday that season. My dads health is normal! Here is a pic of him today! Thanks for all well wishes http://t.co/eJxKS6bE — Laila Ali (@TheRealLailaAli) February 4, 2013 Baltimore’s players and coaches reached the top of their profession that season, and many were well-known stars in their own right. But even they were in awe of “The Greatest.” “When I saw him, I was just shocked,” Ravens fullback Vonta Leach told The New York Times . “Just to be able to shake his hand was awesome. Just spending a lot of his time with us, that was really special.” This is all you need to know about Ali’s impact on people: Only 11 players on the 2012 Ravens were alive when Ali fought his last bout, against Trevor Berbick in 1981. Ray Lewis, the oldest player on that team, was just 6 years old when Ali retired for good. And yet the Ravens carried Ali’s visit all the way through their Super Bowl win. “He molded a generation,” Harbaugh said before Super Bowl XLVII. “He was courage for a generation. He changed the world, but not just in the ring. The ring was his platform to change the world. That’s what he’s been doing ever since, and I hope he molds a generation of us – your generation with courage as you go forward. Because it all comes from the heart — he cared about people.” Harbaugh had the Ravens adopt a rallying cry shortly after he became their coach: “What’s our name?” It was adapted from Ali’s famous fight against Ernie Terrell in 1967. Terrell referred to Ali as Cassius Clay before the fight, and Ali responded by pounding him in the ring and punctuating the beating by taunting Terrell and repeatedly asking him, “What’s my name?” John Harbaugh’s father Jack often tells the story of the Terrell fight. In 2012, just before the season started, Jack Harbaugh was telling the Ravens the story when his son’s surprise guest showed up. “My dad was in the middle of telling the story when Muhammad and Lonnie drove up in a golf cart, and the players went crazy, ‘The champ! It’s the champ!’” John Harbaugh said before Super Bowl XLVII. “We had a chance to get pictures. The really neat thing about Muhammad Ali is that he spent a lot of time with the kids. We had a lot of players’ kids there and coaches’ kids were there and he spent a lot of time with them.” The respect was mutual. “We were totally taken,” Lonnie Ali said in an email to The New York Times in 2013. “It wasn’t one thing but everything about the Ravens that impressed us, starting with the coach. They are a family, and we felt like family. We became fans.” Even in a season that ended with a Super Bowl title, meeting the great Ali seemed like a highlight for many of the Ravens. “ I can’t believe I had the honor of meeting this man ,” receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the Ravens from 2011-14, tweeted on the day of Ali’s visit. – – – – – – – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab   View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Las Vegas doesn’t think too much of the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers this season. According to an ESPN.com, which generated odds for every NFL game via CG Technology in Weeks 1 through 16 this season, the Browns and 49ers are not favored right now in any of them. Not one. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now ] View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Several musical acts have refused to perform in North Carolina in recent weeks due to its much-debated bathroom bill, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will not hold the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte if the discriminitory bill is not repealed. And this week, the San Francisco 49ers and CEO Jed York expressed support for the state’s LGBTQ community while in Charlotte for the NFL spring owners meetings. Passed on March 23, North Carolina House Bill 2 (or HB2) reversed a Charlotte ordinance allowing transgendered individuals to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with; HB2 mandates that transgendered individuals must use the bathroom of the gender listed on their birth certificate and also prevents cities and towns in the state from passing laws that say otherswise. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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