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San Francisco 49ers Reach Out to Guard Alex Boone

July 30th, 2014 at 8:30 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers have been stern over the years about their policy on negotiating new deals with players; if you don't show up to training camp, there's nothing to talk about.

In the case of guard Alex Boone, neither side has given any ground, however, according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows, general manager Trent Baalke and other members of the 49er brass have reached out to Boone. Barrows notes that while no negotiations have started due to Boone's absence, the NIners have kept in touch with the fifth-year pro. At the moment, all signs and reports back that Boone will not budge on his holdout if he is does not receive more than the $2 million he is scheduled to make this year.

As multiple reports surfaced over the past few days about the restructuring of linebacker Ahmad Brooks' current deal, it brought attention to the fact that the Niners now have additional cap space for this year or next, if they choose to carry that over. CSN Bay Area reports that Brooks is scheduled to make $5.1 million this year, but the Niners and Brooks have agreed to make $3.395 million of his contract into a signing bonus. That money can now be paid to Brooks over the course of his deal, which goes through 2017. This in turn allows San Francisco to be roughly $10 million under the cap at the moment.

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The San Francisco 49ers Add Insurance in Signing RB Alfonso Smith

July 29th, 2014 at 1:23 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

After running backs Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James went down due to injury, it appears as though the San Francisco 49ers felt they needed to have a little more insurance in the backfield.

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On Monday, the 49ers agreed to terms with former Arizona Cardinals running back and special teamer, Alfonso Smith.

The Niners are expected to place Hunter on Injured Reserve which would make room for Smith on the team's 90-man roster. The Niners will likely announce the official signing of Smith before Tuesdays practice.

The 27-year old was an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky who signed with the Cardinals in 2010. Smith rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, while also catching 10 passes for 68 yards last season. He also fumbled twice, losing one of them.

How much playing time Smith will receive during the season remains to be seen. Although James dislocated his elbow, he is not expected to miss more than a month and should be ready for the beginning of the season.

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San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke Will Try to Extend Mike Iupati and Michael Crabtree

July 28th, 2014 at 6:16 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Much of the talk surrounding contracts this offseason has been about guard Alex Boone and tight end Vernon Davis. While both are still under contract for the next two seasons, guard Mike Iupati and wide receiver Michael Crabtree are pending free agents. As a result, San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke will do all that he can to avoid free agency for both Iupati and Crabtree.

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Baalke told CSN's Matt Miaocco that the team will attempt to extend both players but does not want the negotiations to interfere with the preparation for the upcoming season.

"We're going to try. We're going to work at it, certainly. But at some point, you got to stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on playing football. I don't know what point that is. We'll make that determination as a club."

Baalke continued to back the team's efforts, while also praising both Iupati and Crabtree.

"But we're certainly going to work toward that goal. Those are two very good football players, and guys we'd love to have in this organization for the long term."

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LaMichael James, the Next Running Back to Go Down for the San Francisco 49ers

July 27th, 2014 at 10:03 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

With Kendall Hunter's season ending prematurely, after suffering a torn ACL this past Friday, LaMichael James figured to be in a heated bout over who would become Frank Gore's primary back up. However, the 49ers backfield was shaken up once again this Sunday with James leaving practice with a dislocated left elbow.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported that the injury occurred during a blitz pick up drill. James collided with linebacker Michael Wilhoite and was then carted off to the locker room. The Oregon product is expected to be out for about a month.

Oddly enough, James had spoken to reporters on Saturday about improving on his pass protection skills, stating, "It's more of a mental game. Eyes in the right spot. Picking up blitzes. Now this is my third year and I have a better grasp of anything."

Minor injuries has helped plague James' young career so far, as the third-year pro has yet to survive the preseason. Last year James suffered a sprain knee in the exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers and during his rookie year of 2012, he injured his right ankle in an exhibition against the Houston Texans. Even dating back to his last year in college in 2011, James suffered a dislocated right elbow, which took him just under a month to return from.

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San Francisco 49ers Running Back Kendall Hunter Tears ACL

July 26th, 2014 at 2:12 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The season may be over for running back Kendall Hunter before it even began.

On Saturday morning, the San Francisco 49ers confirmed that the fourth-year pro tore his ACL in his right knee during a 7-on-7 non-contact drill that occurred Friday afternoon, the teams second practice of the year.

According to the teams official website, Hunter caught a swing pass out of the backfield and went to the ground after trying to make an up-field move. As cornerback Perrish Cox closed in on Hunter in the open field, Cox quickly backed off as the running back went to the ground.

The Niners training staff were concerned about the injury when it occurred, but were uncertain about the severity of the injury, as Hunter was able to walk off the practice field under his on power. The training staff's fears were confirmed when an MRI revealed the ACL tear.

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