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LaMichael James - RB Posted 4/17/14 3:25pm et
According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.
Huddle Up: James, a 2nd-round pick in 2012, has certainly had a hard time finding his niche with the Niners, totalling only 44 touches (39 rushes, 5 receptions) over his first 2 seasons. A change of scenery definitely appears to be in the best interests for both parties.

Brandon Lloyd - WR Posted 4/15/14 3:56pm et
The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, April 15 signed WR Brandon Lloyd to an undisclosed 1-year deal.
Huddle Up: Lloyd sat out last season after his 74-catch, 911-yard 2012 campaign in New England and gives the Niners some veteran insurance behind starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Don't be surprised, however, if the Niners still draft a wideout next month.

Aldon Smith - LB Posted 4/14/14 10:47am et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was released from a Los Angeles jail Sunday, April 13, after posting $20,000 bail, shortly after being charged with making a false bomb threat earlier in the day at Los Angeles International Airport. A LAPD spokesman said although it was observed Smith may have been drinking prior to the incident, it was not a factor to his arrest.
Huddle Up: Smith has already run afoul of the league's substance abuse policy, so if this incident turns out to be a relapse he could be looking at a more extended league-mandated vacation. And with the 49ers needing to make a decision on an option year for Smith prior to the upcoming draft, they'll need to thoroughly investigate the situation sooner rather than later.

Aldon Smith - LB Posted 4/13/14 10:39pm et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday, April 13, at Los Angeles International Airport after he made a threat that he possessed a bomb, airport police said. Smith reacted in a belligerent manner to a second security screening when he was in a security line. After making the bomb threat, he proceeded to the gate and airport police were summoned. He was detained and subsequently arrested. 'We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment,' general manager Trent Baalke said. In the past 27 months, Smith has been arrested twice for driving under the influence, and he faces three felony weapons charges stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. Smith was stabbed during that incident, and two others were shot.
Huddle Up: Another month, another off-field incident for the talented (42 sacks in 43 career games) but obviously troubled Smith, who spent some team-mandated time on the reserve non-football injury list last season to get things together after his second DUI arrest. However, his continuing legal problems might soon take those decisions out of the Niners' and NFL's hands.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 4/11/14 3:09pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said a TMZ reports that alleges sexual assault against him is 'completely wrong.' Kaepernick is being investigated for sexual assault involving two other NFL players and an unnamed woman on April 1, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
Huddle Up: This isn't the way Kaepernick wants to be in the news, especially with the 49ers looking to sign him to a contract extension. The league will let the legal system run its course before getting involved with any discipline, so for now at least there's no imminent danger of Kaepernick missing time.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, but no charges have been filed. According to reports, an unnamed woman said she had an encounter with Kaepernick, 49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette April 1 at a Miami hotel. The woman told police she drank and smoked marijuana with the players and wound up in Kaepernick's room. She told police that she and Kaepernick both removed their closes but didn't have sex. Kaepernick later left the room, and the woman said she couldn't remember anything after that.
Huddle Up: It's a rather curious but obviously potentially serious incident and with the investigation only in the beginning stages, it's way too early on speculate on things.

Colt McCoy - QB Posted 4/3/14 3:00pm et
The Washington Redskins signed free-agent QB Colt McCoy (49ers) to an undisclosed deal Thursday, April 3. Washington now has three quarterbacks on roster in McCoy and QBs Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
Huddle Up: McCoy, who attempted 1 pass last season as the backup in San Fran, could soon find himself in the No. 2 role as the Cousins trade rumors continue to circulate.

Navorro Bowman - LB Posted 3/30/14 2:05pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is not expected to be cleared by the start of the 2014 regular season. The team has stated they will take not take any chances with Bowman's recovery.
Huddle Up: Yeah, definitely expect the Niners to play it safe with Bowman, whose 474 total tackles are tops in the league over the last 3 seasons. Also, coach Jim Harbaugh said veteran Ahmad Brooks will not move inside to replace Bowman, so look for the team to turn to a lesser-experienced backup.

Mario Manningham - WR Posted 3/18/14 6:16pm et
The New York Giants agreed to terms with WR Mario Manningham (49ers) on a one-year deal Tuesday, March 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Manningham is back in the Big Apple after a pair of injury-hampered seasons in San Fran, and figures to be the team's No. 3 WR with Rueben Randle replacing Hakeem Nicks in the starting lineup.

Mario Manningham - WR Posted 3/16/14 10:14pm et
The New York Giants will visit with free-agent WR Mario Manningham (49ers) on Monday, March 17.
Huddle Up: The G Men could use some WR help with Hakeem Nicks signing with Indy, and they could look to a familiar face who's coming off a pair of injury-affected seasons with the Niners. Manningham averaged 59 catches, 883 yards and 7 TDs during his 2 top seasons (2009-10) with the Giants.

Donte Whitner - S Posted 3/11/14 4:39pm et
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free-agent SS Donte Whitner (49ers) on a 4-year deal worth $28 million.
Huddle Up: The physical safety, who led Niners' DBs in total tackles (82) and passes defensed (15) this past season, was among the first FAs to find a new home as the signing period opened Tuesday afternoon.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 3/4/14 12:28am et
Updating a previous report, the San Francisco 49ers have re-signed WR Anquan Boldin to a two-year deal worth $12 million. The deal includes $9 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Boldin was dominant for the Niners, especially with Michael Crabtree missing a significant chunk of the season. He'll team with Crabtree and Vernon Davis to give San Francisco one of the most physical receiving corps in football--the kind of receiving corps necessary for battling division rival Seattle's physical secondary.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 3/3/14 2:21pm et
The San Francisco 49ers have begun negotiating a long-term deal with QB Colin Kaepernick. He's reportedly looking for a deal similar or that eclipses Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler and Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, which pays around $18 million a year.
Huddle Up: Those aren't bad comparisons for Kaepernick's agent to make. We'll find out soon if the 49ers agree.

Marcus Lattimore - RB Posted 3/2/14 4:55pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said Saturday, March 1, that the 'rehab is over,' and he is ready for whatever the team throws at him. 'Whatever role they want me to do, I'm ready,' Lattimore said.
Huddle Up: Fantasy wild cards don't get any wilder than Lattimore, the 4th-round pick in 2013 who sat out all of last season while rehabbing and recovering from the second of 2 serious college knee injuries. Monitor his offseason progress as he has a chance to come out of nowhere and make some noise in the Niners' run-heavy attack.

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 2/25/14 11:44pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis posted a photo of him and free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) that said the two were discussing the future.
Huddle Up: There would seem to be other teams who would covet MJD more and more pressing needs for the Niners, but it would be a great fit for MJD going from the basement-dwelling Jags to the perennially contending Niners and their staunch commitment to the run.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 2/23/14 3:12pm et
According to various reports Sunday, Feb. 23, San Francisco 49ers are close to a new contract with impending free-agent WR Anquan Boldin.
Huddle Up: Once thought to be on track to hit the open market, Boldin now appears to be a sure bet to return to San Fran, where this past year he posted his best fantasy season (85-1,179-7) since his final season (89-1,038-11 in 2008) with the Cards.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 2/22/14 8:54pm et
The San Francisco 49ers began preliminary contract talks with representatives for QB Colin Kaepernick Friday, Feb. 21.
Huddle Up: Never too early to lock up your franchise quarterback... unless, of course, the plan is to package Kaepernick with Jim Harbaugh in a deal with Cleveland.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 2/22/14 9:06pm et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said re-signing impending free-agent WR Anquan Boldin will be one of the team's top priorities this offseason and indicated talks with Boldin are going in a positive direction.
Huddle Up: The Niners have Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis; keeping Boldin in San Francisco gives Colin Kaepernick a deep, physical receiving corps that should be able to challenge the deep, physical secondary of division rival Seattle.

Navorro Bowman - LB Posted 2/20/14 5:16pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) may miss half of the 2014 season, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Bowman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks and had surgery Feb. 2. 'Realistically, halfway through the season, something like that would be more realistic. But I never underestimate NaVorro Bowman -- He's a supreme athlete, a world-class athlete among world-class athletes. The way he moves, his strength, his powers of healing.' LB Michael Wilhoite would likely enter the lineup without Bowman.
Huddle Up: Whatever length of time Bowman is out, it'll be a big loss for the Niners as the LB is the league's runaway leader in total tackles (474) over the last 3 season.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 2/16/14 10:53pm et
The San Francisco 49ers are negotiating a multi-year extension with WR Anquan Boldin.
Huddle Up: Right after the season, it appeared it might be one and done for Boldin in San Fran, but there since has been a groundswell of support from teammates and fans to keep the veteran wideout around. Look for something to get done well before free agency opens in March.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 2/13/14 8:47pm et
According to a source, the San Francisco 49ers want impending free-agent WR Anquan Boldin back, and the feeling is mutual. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport expects something to get done to keep Boldin in San Francisco.
Huddle Up: Even though Michael Crabtree is the team's No. 1 wideout, the Niners would be foolish to the let the productive veteran go without a fight.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 2/13/14 11:54pm et
The San Francisco 49ers goal is to reach a contract extension with QB Colin Kaepernick. That plan will come into better focus next week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick is heading into the final season of a 4-year, $5.1 million rookie deal so look for something to get done sooner rather than later.

Vance McDonald - TE Posted 2/11/14 11:46pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald needs to tap his potential in the team's two tight-end set in 2014, in the opinion of Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Huddle Up: 8 catches for 119 yards and no TDs certainly qualifies as disappointing for the 2013 2nd-round pick. A big second-year step forward is most definitely in order.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 2/11/14 11:46pm et
The San Francisco 49ers are not likely to use the franchise tag this offseason. The team hopes to bring back WR Anquan Boldin, S Donte Whitner and CB Tarell Brown.
Huddle Up: Even at age 34, Boldin could attract a number of suitors if he hits the open market. He's a veteran leader with a track record of postseason success, even if it's not always evident in his week-in, week-out regular-season fantasy numbers.

LaMichael James - RB Posted 2/10/14 1:45pm et
The San Francisco 49ers may be willing to trade RB LaMichael James this offseason if they able to have another plan for their return game. James could be on the trade block because of the other running backs the team on their roster.
Huddle Up: Even with Frank Gore approaching the end of his career the Niners are still stocked at running back. James' primary value has been as a return man; if the team is confident they can address that need via free agency or the draft--or with someone on their current roster--James becomes an expendable piece.

Michael Crabtree - WR Posted 2/5/14 11:00pm et
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to approach WR Michael Crabtree about a contract extension because he is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Even if Anquan Boldin returns he's at an advanced age for an NFL wideout, so the Niners need to lock up Crabtree to give Colin Kaepernick a solid downfield target. Makes sense to try to price him now after an injury shortened season rather than let him put up gaudy numbers and drive his price tag up heading into free agency.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 1/30/14 8:38pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had choice words for Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. Kaepernick said he "was not worried" about Sherman making a choke gesture in the NFC Championship Game.
Huddle Up: Hey, Super Sherman has bragging rights, and Kaepernick and Co. are going to have to wait until next season to get another crack at the CB. In short, the matchups between the two NFC West rivals will be 2 of the most anticipated contests on the 2014 schedule, and if the the Seahawks win on Sunday, the Hawks-Niners Seattle matchup would be a prime candidate to open the season on Thursday night.

Marcus Lattimore - RB Posted 1/22/14 6:49pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said he believed he could have placed in December but knew that the team was going to shut him down for the entire season. Lattimore said he will participate in the offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Frank Gore will have finger surgery this offseason and is accumulating the miles, so a healthy Lattimore should compete for playing time in 2014. And if he thinks he was good to go at the end of the 2013 season, he should be more than ready for offseason workouts and a training camp battle come August.

Frank Gore - RB Posted 1/21/14 11:15pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (finger) will undergo 'minor' surgery on his broken right ring finger, according to a league source. He played with the injury in the NFC Championship Game and finished with only 11 carries for 14 yards in the game.
Huddle Up: Gore, who will turn 31 in May, should be good to go by the time OTAs roll around. He's led the Niners in rushing in each of the past 9 seasons, but his total touches (292) decreased for the third straight season and that trend should even pick up more speed next fall.

Phil Dawson - PK Posted 1/21/14 11:15pm et
San Francisco 49ers K Phil Dawson excelled this season after 13 years with the Cleveland Browns and told reporters he "absolutely" wants to return rather than leave as a free agent. "I'm sure that's coming down the chute here, but we'll wait and see what happens," said Dawson, who made 32-of-36 field-goal attempts in the regular season and all six attempts in the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Dawson turns 39 this week but finished a strong sixth among all fantasy kickers with 140 points this past season. Look for him to be back for a second season in San Fran.

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