49ers Rumors & News

  • Kaepernick's parents break silence, support their son

    ESPN "The parents of embattled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have broken their silence on their son's decision to kneel for the playing of the national anthem this season. "Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his..." December 10

  • 49ers sign Vance McDonald to 5-year extension worth reported $35M

    49ers.com "The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that they have signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season. "Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,”..." December 10

  • Navy admiral appears to rip Kaepernick during Pearl Harbor speech

    CNN "In a speech commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, U.S. Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris decided to slip in an apparent jab at noted national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick. "You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning..." December 09

  • Looking Ahead To 2017 Franchise Tags

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s salary cap for 2017 won’t officially be set until sometime after the Super Bowl, but based on the direction the cap has trended in recent years, we have a general idea of where it may end up. Predicting an increase of about 8.2% on this year’s $155.27MM cap, Joel Corry of CBSSports.com..." December 07

  • Colin Kaepernick shoots down report he’ll opt out: ‘It blew me away’

    Sportsnaut "Based on everything we’ve heard about Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, nobody batted an eyelash when a report came out over the weekend that the quarterback would opt out of his contract with the team after this season. Everyone but Kaepernick, that is. Speaking about the..." December 06

  • Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders will square off this week in one of the most important games of the regular season, and some coaches across the NFL are reportedly unhappy that it is taking place on a Thursday night. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to some coaches who feel it is..." December 06

  • After Getting Benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to Start vs Jets

    CSN Bay Area "Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday. Kaepernick has..." December 06

  • NFL players detail their painful, gritty post-game recovery routines

    SI "It’s 9:35 on a Monday morning in mid-November, 10 weeks into another NFL season and 20 hours after Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson played 67 snaps against the Texans. Sunday was all booming fighter-jet flyovers and screaming Jacksonville fans and defenders inflicting pain. Monday starts in a dimly..." December 05

  • Howard runs for 3 TDs as Bears upend 49ers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jordan Howard had never played in snow before Sunday, which made each yard he covered an adventure. With a steady snow falling throughout the afternoon and field conditions less than ideal, Howard kept his feet moving and attempted to make the most of each slippery step. But each..." December 04

  • Chip Kelly coached 49ers following death of his father

    CSN Bay Area "Paul Kelly, the father of Chip Kelly, passed away on Friday night, the 49ers coach confirmed Sunday afternoon. Kelly flew from Chicago to New Hampshire late Friday after learning of his father’s death. He returned for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field. The 49ers lost their 11th consecutive game,..." December 04

  • 49ers' Kaepernick benched in fourth quarter vs Bears

    CSN Bay Area "Trailing by 18 points early in the fourth quarter Sunday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly had seen enough from quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kelly benched Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert after Kaepernick and the 49ers' passing game was non-existent against the Chicago Bears on a snowy day at..." December 04

  • No Fun League strikes again: 49ers penalized for snow angel celebration

    Sportsnaut "In what might be the worst game of the NFL season, it’s only fitting that we’d get one of the season’s most bizarre penalties from the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. After scooping up a blocked punt, Donta Johnson appeared to score a touchdown. Unfortunately, he had stepped out of..." December 04

  • 49ers' Chip Kelly will return as team's HC in 2017

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Sunday morning (via NinersNation.com) that 49ers HC Chip Kelly will not pursue the Oregon head-coaching job and will instead be back in San Francisco next year. On Wednesday, Kelly confirmed that he had no plans to return to Oregon, so this shouldn’t come as a..." December 04

  • Kaepernick will void contract, could re-sign with 49ers

    NFL.com "At many points in the past year, it was a foregone conclusion Colin Kaepernick would never play for the 49ers again. Then, it was clear that he was done in the Bay Area after 2016. Now? It would not be a surprise if Kaepernick was the team's starting quarterback in 2017, sources say. There..." December 04

  • Colin Kaepernick Selling San Jose Home; Is He Parting Ways From 49ers?

    Black Sports Online "Colin Kaepernick’s San Jose home is now up for grabs but the biggest thing from this is will he be making an exit from the 49ers? If you’re looking to buy a home somewhere in San Jose, California, 49ers Colin Kaepernick’s house is on the market. Can you afford to spend $2.89 million dollars on..." December 03

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Colin Kaepernick is selling his Bay Area home as potential free agency looms

    Fox Sports "Is Colin Kaepernick planning to leave town this offseason? The San Francisco 49ers quarterback put his Bay Area home on the market, a move Kaepernick described through a team spokesman as an “investment decision.” The 4,600-square foot home in San Jose is listed at $2.895 million. Kaepernick’s..." December 01

  • An open letter to Chip Kelly: You're an NFL failure, it's time to go home

    CBS Sports "To: Chip Kelly CC: Chip Kelly's Ego c/o: Bill Reiter CBS Sports Guys, This letter has been a long time coming. Both of you -- Chip, and Chip's overgrown, massive Ego -- have done some amazing things together. Right up until you guys broke into the National Football League, you two were an..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • 49ers’ Chip Kelly says he’s not returning to Oregon

    San Francisco Chronicle "Chip Kelly isn’t going back to school. At least not the school he left four years ago. Today, less than 24 hours after Oregon fired head coach Mark Helfrich, the 49ers head coach responded “no” when asked if there was any chance he would be Oregon’s next head coach. So he intends to..." November 30

  • 49ers Place LB Shayne Skov On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "The 49ers have placed linebacker Shayne Skov on injured reserve with a knee injury. To take his place on the roster, defensive back Marcus Ball has been bumped up from the practice squad. Skov was injured on Sunday as the Niners lost to the Dolphins. The good news is that the linebacker did not..." November 29

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • 49ers GM Trent Baalke feels bad for 49ers fans

    Sportsnaut "The man responsible for putting a competitive product on the field for the San Francisco 49ers, general manager Trent Baalke, isn’t doing a great job these days. He seems to have a firm grasp on the reality of the situation and shockingly told KNBR 680-AM last weekend that he feels bad for..." November 29

  • 49ers Chip Kelly says of Colin Kaepernick: ‘Game to game, you can see improvement’

    San Jose Mercury News "One obvious positive Chip Kelly took from the 49ers’ 10th straight defeat was Colin Kaepernick’s steady improvement “in all aspects” since reprising his starting role six games ago. Scoring points, however, is a vital area the 49ers haven’t progressed enough. The 49ers (1-10) set a francise..." November 29

  • Kiko Alonso says Colin Kaepernick's Fidel remarks led to 'bad blood'

    CBS Sports "The Dolphins won Sunday, and so did Kiko Alonso. The linebacker recorded a dozen tackles and an interception and helped bring down 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick short of the goal line on the decisive play. That performance and win might have meant something extra special to Alonso..." November 29

  • Kaepernick says Castro comments were taken out of context

    Pro Football Talk "After taking criticism in the last few days for comments about Fidel Castro, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says that criticism was unfair. Asked following today’s loss in Miami whether his comments crediting Castro for spending more money on schools than on prisons were taken out of..." November 28

  • Dolphins win sixth straight; 49ers' skid hits 10

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Kiko Alonso lived up to his position on Sunday. He was in the center of just about everything. Alonso had a fumble recovery, an interception and also teamed with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to make the game's dramatic final tackle, stopping San..." November 27

  • After false Castro claims, Kaepernick will hear it in Miami

    Pro Football Talk "Fidel Castro is dead, and tensions are high in Miami, where hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans view Castro as a brutal dictator who tore apart their families and killed or imprisoned their relatives. Colin Kaepernick does not view Castro that way. Kaepernick wore a shirt with Castro’s..." November 27

  • Miami Herald Reporter Uses Personal Beef With Kaepernick to Try to Discredit Kap’s Positive Work

    Black Sports Online "When you are black no matter what you do you will be discredited. It is just a part of life, you aren’t given the benefit of the doubt and no matter what happens to you there is always a BUT……. But, if he would have complied…. But, if he wouldn’t have run…. But, if they would just..." November 26

  • Colin Kaepernick lauds Fidel Castro’s educational system

    Larry Brown Sports "Colin Kaepernick’s latest comments about Fidel Castro will likely create even more strain in his relationship with the American public. Kaepernick, who led a social movement by kneeling for the national anthem as a sign of protest against the treatment of minorities by some police officers,..." November 24

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • 49ers Kaepernick doesn’t believe anthem stance is hurting NFL ratings

    Miami Herald "San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was asked on a conference call with Miami Dolphins reporters about a Sports Illustrated analysis that said some fans aren’t watching NFL games because of players such as Kaepernick sitting for the national anthem. “They’re not watching football..." November 24

  • Santa Clara heads for battle with 49ers over Levi’s Stadium

    San Francisco Chronicle "The San Francisco 49ers, who can’t beat anybody these days, are facing an angry opponent this week: their new hometown. Less than two years after abandoning Candlestick Point for the new $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the 49ers are enduring a blitz of political opposition..." November 24

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Chip Kelly: No assurance from Jed York he’ll be 49ers’ coach in 2017

    San Francisco Chronicle "In January, after Chip Kelly was introduced as the 49ers’ head coach, Jed York was asked what would happen if Kelly went 8-8 in his first season. The question was a reference to Jim Harbaugh, with whom the 49ers “mutually” parted after he went 8-8 in 2014. Would York fire Kelly if he had a..." November 22

  • As 'main focus' of offense, Carlos Hyde still seeking breakout

    ESPN "San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly raised some eyebrows on Sunday afternoon when he announced that his team isn't built to throw the ball 60 times per game. But Kelly wasn't really saying anything that the rest of the football world didn't already know or that he hadn't said before. From the..." November 22

  • 49ers' Reid suffers torn biceps vs. Patriots

    Fanrag Sports "San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid tore his biceps tendon according to preliminary tests and will have MRI on Monday to confirm, ESPN reports. He led the Niners in tackles on Sunday against the New England Patriots, accruing a team-high seven solo tackles. Reid has missed just one game in his..." November 21

  • MRI confirms torn biceps for Eric Reid, needs season-ending surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers were bracing for bad news, and they got it. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, 49ers safety Eric Reid will need season-ending surgery after an MRI confirmed a torn biceps. The initial reports were not optimistic, on a day when the 49ers fell to 1-9 and also lost..." November 21

  • Brady throws 4 TDs as Patriots top 49ers

    The Sports Xchange "SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady grew up as a 49ers fans in the San Francisco suburb of San Mateo during the team's Super Bowl glory years. But he had never faced the 49ers in the Bay Area until Sunday, in his 17th NFL season. Brady made sure his long-awaited..." November 20

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Report: 49ers’ Torrey Smith unlikely to play vs. Patriots

    San Francisco Chronicle "Niners wide receiver Torrey Smith, who hasn’t missed a game in his six-year career, is unlikely to play against the Patriots on Sunday, ESPN reported. Smith sustained a shoulder injury in last week’s loss in Arizona, which caused him to miss two practices. He was limited in practice on Thursday..." November 20

  • Kaepernick's 'Million Dollar Pledge' reaches $200K

    Total Pro Sports "Back in September, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said planned on donating $100,000 per month over the next year to programs he’s currently reviewing, with those distributions posted on a website he was currently building. On Friday, Kaepernick followed through on that $1..." November 19

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Chip Kelly has funny comment about relationship with Bill Belichick

    Larry Brown Sports "Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly have a friendly — dare we say close? — relationship that dates back several years. With the New England Patriots traveling to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this weekend, Kelly was asked about that relationship in a conference call on Wednesday. He described it..." November 16

  • Colin Kaepernick has never registered to vote in any election

    Sacramento Bee "Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows last week when he revealed that he did not vote in the presidential election amid a football season in which his protest of racial inequality gained national attention. In fact, it would have been problematic if he had. The Sacramento Bee found that the San..." November 16

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Colin Kaepernick: It Would Been 'Hypocritical' for Me to Vote in Presidential Election

    Complex "Colin Kaepernick had a surprisingly solid game against the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. He threw for 210 yards and a touchdown, ran for 55 yards and another touchdown, and nearly helped San Francisco upset Arizona on the road. So after the game, reporters should have been gathered around him to..." November 14