• Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 5/18/16 9:19am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is not falling behind QB Blaine Gabbert despite still rehabilitating his injuries, according to head coach Chip Kelly. '[Kaepernick] has a great grasp of what we're doing,' Kelly said. 'I'm really impressed by both [Gabbert] and him and their intelligence and being able to pick up what we're trying to do.' Kelly said he hasn't set a timetable for when the starter will be announced.

    Huddle Up: Expect Chip to play this battle out throughout camp, and maybe even into the season. Given the dearth of receivers in San Francisco it's tough to bank on either QB for fantasy help this year even given the productive history of quarterbacks in Kelly's offenses.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 5/17/16 1:33pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde was praised by new head coach Chip Kelly recently. 'Carlos is a stud. He's been full-go since we started in the beginning of April,' Kelly said. 'Participated in everything. And he's as advertised. To have someone that size that is that agile, has that vision, it's really impressive to see him work every day. There have been no restrictions on him at all. He's full clear, 100 percent, and he's going. He's really good, we're really excited about him.'

    Huddle Up: By most accounts, Hyde's recovery from his foot injury has gone swimmingly, and if so he'll be the unquestioned bellcow in Kelly's new offense. Think a solid RB2 in fantasy drafts.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 5/17/16 2:12pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has impressed new head coach Chip Kelly with his athleticism in offseason workouts. 'He's extremely athletic,' Kelly began. 'It's interesting, the three of them, if you look at Driskel, Blaine and Kap, they're all 6-4 plus, and all can run. All of them are at 4.6 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) or under 4.6, which is kind of rare to have three guys that can do the same thing. It's beneficial to you.'

    Huddle Up: Tall, athletic quarterbacks... sounds like Chip is in heaven. Gabbert was surprisingly effective after taking over last season, and he has to be considered the favorite to be helming Kelly's offense when the season starts--and reaping the fantasy benefits that come with said role.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 5/15/16 2:06pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) and QB Blaine Gabbert are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during training camp, and head coach Chip Kelly said he has no idea who the starting quarterback will be in 2016. Kaepernick has not been cleared to fully participate in offseason workouts at this point but may be able to participate during the mandatory minicamp in June.

    Huddle Up: It's truly an open competition after Gabbert replaced an injured and ineffective Kaepernick last season, and it'll certainly be one of the most-closely watched position duels in August.

  • Jarryd Hayne - RB
    Posted 5/10/16 1:05pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne is expected to produce more in his second season, according to the team. 'I think you'll see a jump from him,'' said 49ers executive Paraag Marathe, who still oversees the team's football analytics department. 'You look at elite athletes and those guys who have that willpower and desire to succeed and there's something special in them.'

    Huddle Up: The much-ballyhooed Aussie only wound up with 23 total offensive touches -- and eight punt returns -- last season as a rookie, but with the uninspiring lot of Shaun Draughn , Mike Davis, DuJuan Harris and sixth-round rookie Kelvin Taylor joining him on the back end of the Niners' RB depth chart, there's no reason why Hayne can't emerge as the backup/handcuff to Carlos Hyde.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 5/6/16 12:43pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) is doing an 'awfully good job' with his rehab, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

    Huddle Up: All signs point to Kaepernick sticking around, making a full recovery and competing to regain his starting QB gig in San Fran. We'll keep monitoring his offseason, though.

  • Anquan Boldin - WR
    Posted 4/24/16 5:21pm ET

    Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) could be sought back by the San Francisco 49ers if head coach Chip Kelly is unimpressed with the wide receivers' performances this week at minicamp.

    Huddle Up: The 35-year-old wideout, who led the Niners with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four TDs last season, hasn't drawn much interest on the open market and San Fran's wideout corps could certainly use a veteran presence with Quinton Patton, Torrey Smith and Bruce Ellington currently heading up the bunch.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/21/16 4:28pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's trade discussions with the Denver Broncos are dormant, according to Broncos president John Elway.

    Huddle Up: Unless the Niners wind up getting a QB high in the draft, Kaepernick might stay and battle it out with Blaine Gabbert for the starting role as the former would still be looking at a significant pay cut if traded to the Broncos.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/14/16 9:45am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's trade to the Denver Broncos could be done, in the opinion of ESPN analyst Mark Dominik. The deal likely hinges on the 49ers drafting a quarterback.

    Huddle Up: The Broncos have freed up cap space, so their hurdle would be coming to terms with Kaepernick on what pay cut he'd be willing to take. The Niners could wait to see what quarterback they can acquire with the seventh pick, but it's pretty obvious Kaepernick is not in their plans regardless of whether or not they select a quarterback. Not sure what QBs are available for them would

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 4/14/16 5:24pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert could be a reclamation project of new head coach Chip Kelly this season. Kelly is supposedly more attracted to the idea of making Gabbert better than drafting a quarterback, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

    Huddle Up: Gabbert hit career highs (min. 8 games played) last season for passer rating (86.2), yards per attempt (7.2) and rushing yards (185) while going 3-5 as a starter, and he could indeed be the Niners' No. 1 guy if the still-persistent Colin Kaepernick trade rumors prove to be true and the increasing likelihood that both of the draft's top two QB prospects will be gone before the Niners pick seventh overall in the first round.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/5/16 11:17am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will not take a pay cut in order to be acquired by the Denver Broncos, nor will the 49ers pay off part of the deal to make a trade happen.

    Huddle Up: Tough to fault a guy for hanging on to an additional $7 mil for a lower-pressure backup job on a team with lower expectations. Next year when the 49ers can unload him without the cap hit he can either build on whatever success he finds in San Francisco this season or start fresh elsewhere.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/3/16 1:52pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is owed $11.9 million in 2016, and the Denver Broncos want the 49ers to pay $4.9 million of his salary to facilitate a trade. The 49ers have been unwilling, according to a source. A high-level source says 'it would take two seconds' for the teams to finalize the proposed deal. The compensation in the trade is a non-issue, per sources familiar with deal. It will be a mid-round pick and sources from both teams said that will not be any holdup and they can 'finalize it with one phone call.'

    Huddle Up: Some contract and cap wrangling is all that stands in the way of a deal, and it sounds like it will get done sooner rather than later. Kaepernick's numbers -- particularly his key passing stats -- are trending the wrong way since he became a starter in 2012, but perhaps leaving an all-around declining organization and taking over the reins of the defending champs is just what Kaepernick needs, reduced salary or not.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/1/16 12:26am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was not released prior to the deadline Thursday, March 31, and Kaepernick's $11.9 million will now be fully guaranteed for 2016. Kaepernick could still be traded, however, especially as the NFL Draft nears.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick's injury recovery kicked in the guarantee, but that doesn't mean a team that trades for the QB couldn't ask him to take a pay cut.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/31/16 3:50pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick would have to reduce his base salary to around $7 million if the Denver Broncos were to land him, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: The Kaepernick-to-Denver rumors have quieted a bit of late, partly because the Broncos are up against the cap and might be turning their focus toward drafting a QB and/or finding a cheaper veteran option.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/29/16 11:04am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will remain with the 49ers. The team would have to fully guarantee his 2016 base salary now if he remains on the roster past April 1.

    Huddle Up: The Niners seem willing to pay Kaepernick $13 million to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job, as opposed to releasing him and getting nothing in return but a salary cap hit. There is still time for another team to make an offer the 49ers can't refuse, but at this point that seems unlikely.

  • Anquan Boldin - WR
    Posted 3/29/16 7:20pm ET

    Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is visiting the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, March 29, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: The 35-year-old Boldin no longer is a sure bet for 80-plus catches and 1,000 yards, but he's a strong veteran presence who still can provide decent numbers as a No. 2 or 3 wideout in the right situation.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/26/16 12:28am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick looks as if he is only being pursued by the Denver Broncos at this point.

    Huddle Up: The Broncos are gaining leverage by the day with the market drying up, and the ball is in the 49ers' court as to what they want to do with the QB, who has said he wants to be traded. Stay tuned ...

  • Anquan Boldin - WR
    Posted 3/25/16 3:25pm ET

    Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is unlikely to sign with the Buffalo Bills with what they have, according to Bills general manager Doug Whaley. Whaley, though, also said anything was possible.

    Huddle Up: The Bills have a solid 1-2 starting WR punch in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods and also just signed free-agent Leonard Hankerson. And while the team certainly could benefit from Boldin's veteran presence, it doesn't sound as if it's going to happen.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 3/25/16 3:25pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert's size and skill set impressed head coach Chip Kelly, who said Gabbert would be in competition with QB Colin Kaepernick to start. 'He's big,' Kelly said. 'I'd never really dealt with Blaine because he came into the league before I came into the league, but just how big and physical and impressive he is. He's a 6-4, 245-pound guy that can really run. I thought the last part of the season he played really well. It'll be intriguing to work with him, too.'

    Huddle Up: Gabbert threw for 2,031 yards, 10 TDs and seven interceptions in eight starts while posting the best QB rating (86.2) of his career. Add in Gabbert's mobility -- a strong fit for Kelly's system -- and the Niners and their new coach at least have a semi-solid QB to start with if they can't work things out with Kaepernick.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 3/24/16 5:22pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is working to slim down this offseason in order to be in shape for new head coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense. Hyde's trainer, David Alexander, said he wants Hyde to get down to 220 pounds without losing his power. Hyde is listed at 235 pounds and is now under 230 pounds. He is preparing to see the bulk of the workload in 2016.

    Huddle Up: He got off a solid start last season before a foot injury cut his campaign short, but a healthier and slimmer Hyde could prove to be a fantasy find this season.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/24/16 10:26pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is not receiving a lot of interest from the New York Jets at this point.

    Huddle Up: The Browns also are out of the running after signing RGIII so it would be appear to be down to the Niners and Broncos at this point for Kaepernick.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/17/16 10:39am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick plans to show up to the team's offseason program April 4 rather than hold out for a trade, a league source said Wednesday, March 16. 'If he's here on April 4, we're going to coach the heck out of him and he's going to work his ass off,' head coach Chip Kelly said. Trade talks with the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos have stalled. He is expected to take a physical with the team's medical staff Friday, March 18.

    Huddle Up: With Kaepernick's $10 million contract guarantee kicking in on April 1, the Niners should have a pretty good if Kaep is showing up on April 4.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/17/16 4:22pm ET

    The San Francisco 49ers don't have any plans to release QB Colin Kaepernick before April 1 when his $11.9 million salary becomes fully guaranteed, as trade talks have gone cold over the past week. 'There's a good chance he's still on the team the way things look now,' a source said. The Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets haven't shown much urgency of late to acquire Kaepernick.

    Huddle Up: It's a game of chicken right now, and we'll see if the Niners lower their trade asking price at all as April 1 draws nearer.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/15/16 10:17am ET

    The San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sweepstakes remain at an impasse, according to NFL Network's Mike Silver. The Denver Broncos are holding firm on their offer of a fourth-round pick, while the Cleveland Browns aren't moving and the 49ers are staying put.

    Huddle Up: The 49ers, with Kaepernick's April 1 contract deadline hanging over them, are the most motivated party in this tango. No reason for talks to heat up until closer to that date.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/13/16 2:47pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is not willing to take as big a pay cut as the Cleveland Browns have asked him to take. This is partly due to the losses the Browns have suffered in free agency, according to The Sacramento Bee. Kaepernick is also not attracted to the idea of taking a lower-money contract on a bad team that could draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick anyway. Additionally, if the Denver Broncos offered Kaepernick the same contract the Browns have offered him, he would likely sign without hesitation. The 49ers and Broncos are still not on the same terms as far as a trade offer, however. Denver is believed to have offered their third-round pick (94th overall), but San Francisco is probably trying to obtain Denver's second-round pick (63rd overall).

    Huddle Up: The Niners might just be inclined to try to wait the situation out and see which interested trade partner blinks first, but it's still looks clear that Kaepernick has played his final game with the Niners.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/11/16 10:00am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants to play with the Cleveland Browns and respects head coach Hue Jackson. The two sides are talking.

    Huddle Up: Jackson has a strong reputation in the league, so it makes sense Kaepernick wants to work with him. Plus, the way things are shaping up in Cleveland Kaep will have to run because the line will be porous, and he'll have to run a lot because there will be no other playmakers around him.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/10/16 8:52am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick might be a trade target of the Denver Broncos following the departure of free-agent QB Brock Osweiler (Texans) and retirement of QB Peyton Manning.

    Huddle Up: You have to think John Elway had a plan when Osweiler left for Houston at the start of free agency, and that plan may include acquiring the deposed 49ers starter. He's used to playing on a defensive-oriented team and has the mobility Gary Kubiak likes.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/10/16 4:04pm ET

    The New York Jets have their eye on San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, and they are involved in trade talks for him, according to a source. The Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns are also engaged in talks for Kaepernick. Draft-pick compensation would be a sticking point for New York, and giving up a second-rounder might be too much.

    Huddle Up: The Jets and free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick haven't been close to reaching a new deal, and it sounds like N.Y. is certainly exploring all of its options.

  • Shaun Draughn - RB
    Posted 3/3/16 9:11am ET

    San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent RB Shaun Draughn agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the 49ers Wednesday, March 2.

    Huddle Up: Chip Kelly loves a stable of backs, so Draughn could impinge on the fantasy potential of Carlos Hyde in San Francisco.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 2/29/16 8:54am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick may not be granted permission to seek a trade based on comments by owner Jed York. 'I havenít talked to his people,' York said. 'And I try to stay away from what the agents say. I know what our feeling is. We want Kap to be healthy. And we'd like to see Kap here.'

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick would prefer to go someplace where he's wanted; the Niners want to make sure they have a quarterback. Eventually the team will need to make a decision, sooner rather than later lest they be on the hook for all of Kaepernick's salary.

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