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San Francisco 49ers Guard Alex Boone Ends Holdout; Gets Paid

September 1st, 2014 at 12:09 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

After missing all of training camp, right guard Alex Boone will return to the 49ers with something he's wanted all offseason…a pay raise.

According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Boone will likely report to the Niners by Monday after reworking the remaining two years of his contract. The 27-year old was scheduled to make $2 million this season and roughly $1.5 million for 2015, but after tweaking his current deal, Boone will make about $6 million over the next two seasons.

As part of the reworked contract, the Niners have agreed to not franchise tag the durable guard after the 2015 season, adding emphasis on working out a new deal once the contract comes to an end or letting Boone test free agency.

Although the Niners resisted temptation to give Boone a raise, as Pro Bowlers Mike Iupati and Michael Crabtree entire the final seasons of their contracts, it appeared as though the Niners were not willing to see how Joe Looney would fair in the beginning of the regular season. Looney had his ups and downs during the preseason and did show improvement since the exhibition opener against the Baltimore Ravens, but with some uncertainty regarding right tackle Anthony Davis' health entering the season, the Niners needed some reliability on the right side of the offensive line.

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BREAKING: San Francisco 49ers Outside Linebacker Aldon Smith Suspended Nine Games

August 29th, 2014 at 2:52 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The long wait is finally over for the San Francisco 49ers…the NFL has announced that outside linebacker Aldon Smith will be suspended for the first nine games of the 2014 regular season.

Smith and the Niners have been anticipating the suspension the entire offseason after the All-Pro linebacker violated the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policy on multiple occasions. Over the past month, multiple reports indicated that Smith could be looking at a suspension between six and eight games. The Niners hoped that Aldon's five-game voluntary leave during last season, in which he checked himself into a treatment center, would help shorten his suspension. The league said they came to the final decision of nine games by suspending Smith for four games for the substance abuse and five games for the personal conduct policy.

"Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team," 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead."

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Notes: San Francisco 49ers Shorten Roster

August 26th, 2014 at 1:20 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

As of Tuesday afternoon, all 32 teams across the NFL were required to shorten their roster to at least 75 players. In order to reach that number, the San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the reserve/Physically-unable-to-perform list and running back Marcus Lattimore on the reserve/non-football-injury list. Both are still recovering from ACL injuries, with Bowman's occurring in the last year's NFC Championship game and Lattimore's in his last year at the University of South Carolina back in 2012; his second ACL injury during his collegiate career.

Both moves will require Bowman and Lattimore to miss the first six games of the season, regardless of their progressions in their recoveries. The roster move for Bowman has been expected but in regards to Lattimore, it is difficult to really grasp what is actually going on.

Lattimore, along with most of the Niner brass expected the former Gamecock to participate during training camp at the start of the offseason, however, Lattimore only appeared in a few practices during mini camp and the teams voluntary offseason workouts. The Niners remain a bit "hush-hush" over Lattimore's progressions, or even lack there of. Time and time again, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh as expressed optimism over Lattimore as he has praised the second-year player in his demeanor to get healthy and work out, stating at times, "Lattimore is showing signs of improvement everyday."

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San Francisco 49ers Still Look a Bit “off” in First Win of the Preseason

August 24th, 2014 at 8:19 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers left the newly sodded field at Levi's Stadium victorious for the first time this preseason after a 21-7 outing against the San Diego Chargers.

Leading up to the Sunday's victory, the Niners had yet to reach the end-zone and had scored a total of three points through their first two exhibition games. Despite the increased productivity on both sides of the ball, the Niners still looked a bit "off" in their third warm-up game before the season starts. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was pressured through out the first few series of the game before being spelled by backup QB Blaine Gabbert.

"We've got to work on that. We've got to be good in that area." said Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. "I thought our precision was better offensively, defensively and on special teams…productive plays, execution."

While the Niners racked up 21 points and set foot in the end-zone twice during Sunday afternoon's game, the first-team offense contributed to neither one. The first TD of the preseason came from a 6-yard pass from Gabbert to tight end Vance McDonald in the second quarter. The other, a 27-yard run from undrafted free-agent running back Glenn Winston in the fourth quarter.

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Notes from San Francisco 49ers Training Camp: LaMichael James, Antoine Bethea and Alex Boone

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

- Running back LaMichael James will make his preseason debut this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

The third-year pro suffered a dislocated right elbow early in training camp (July 27th to be exact) and it was thought at the time of the injury that James would be ready for the regular season but would miss the entire preseason.

James has had experience with this sort of injury before, dislocating his elbow in high school and college. The most recent occurrence was back in 2011 when James was a collegiate back with the Oregon Ducks. He dislocated his right elbow in a game against Cal and was able to return to action just three weeks later.

"I just really want to be out there with my teammates, competing and just playing." said James. "The medicine's on the field, just like coach Harbaugh said."

While James has been sidelined, the bulk of the carries coming out of the backfield has gone to backups Jewel Hampton (16 carries), Carlos Hyde (nine carries) and Alfonso Smith (seven carries). Starting running back Frank Gore did not play in the preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens but did get two carries in last Sunday's matchup against the Denver Broncos before being replaced by Hyde in the first quarter.

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