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49ers propose rule mandating women’s locker rooms for team staff, officials

Among the many proposed rules that the NFL will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting is one that recognizes the increasing role of women in pro football. The 49ers proposed a league resolution that “Requires all NFL stadiums by 2021 to have three separate and permanent locker rooms to be exclusively designated for female football [more]

NFLPA helped sweeten Richard Sherman’s self-negotiated contract

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman boasted after negotiating his own contract that no one else could have done a better job. And then the NFL Players Association did a better job. Via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, a breakdown of the final Sherman contract reveals at least one way in which the NFLPA helped [more]

Aldon Smith arrested again

Former Raiders and 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been arrested once again. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Smith was arrested this morning in San Francisco for violating a court order to stay away from the victim in a domestic violence case that got him arrested earlier this month. In that incident, Smith’s fiancee accused [more]

Eric Reid could have a viable collusion case, too

Colin Kaepernick‘s collusion case against the NFL could have one very significant collateral impact on the NFL. The evidence Kaepernick generates in his effort to prove a concerted effort to keep him out of football could be used by other players also deemed to be undesirable due to pregame political activities. Kaepernick’s former San Francisco [more]

John Lynch: Kyle Shanahan was initially “in mourning” after Jimmy Garoppolo trade

The San Francisco 49ers are supremely happy that Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback of the future. The team is so happy about Garoppolo’s prospects that they gave him a massive contract extension this offseason despite starting just five games for the team following his trade from New England last November. However, that didn’t mean [more]

Eric Reid says he’s not planning to kneel during anthem

Safety Eric Reid said in December that he understood that teams might not sign him as a free agent this offseason because he knelt during the playing of the national anthem the last two years, adding “that’s OK with me” if teams do pass because he did what he felt was right. Whether it’s because [more]

LaDarius Gunter visits 49ers

The 49ers continued to look at potential additions to their secondary on Thursday. General Manager John Lynch told reporters at Stanford’s Pro Day that the team met with cornerback Ladarius Gunter. They also met with defensive back Jaylen Watkins earlier this week and signed cornerback Richard Sherman shortly after he was released by the Seahawks. Gunter [more]

Terrell Owens picks former receivers coach as his presenter

Terrell Owens has selected one of his former receivers coaches to present him at his induction in Canton this summer. George Stewart, Owens’ position coach in San Francisco, will have that honor, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. “He knew what to get out of me. He became a father figure to me,” [more]

The biggest problems with Richard Sherman’s self-representation

On Tuesday, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman defended his decision to negotiate his own contract. Along the way, he called out one of the biggest critics of his self-negotiated deal. (And, yes, said critic is a certain Internet hack with whom you may be familiar.) “The thing I’m most frustrated about is all the people that [more]

Richard Sherman expresses “concern” Eric Reid remains unsigned

Eric Reid has not found any takers on the free agent market, and he believes he knows why. New 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who served as the Seahawks’ player representative, expressed concern about Reid’s slow market. “We are concerned, because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in [more]

Seahawks host Dontae Johnson, Bennie Logan

Defensive back Dontae Johnson and nose tackle Bennie Logan visited the Seahawks today, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Johnson, 26, was a fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2014. He spent his first four seasons with San Francisco, playing in 63 games with 22 starts, while making two interceptions, 21 pass breakups [more]

49ers sign Jonathan Cooper

The 49ers have signed another free agent offensive lineman. The team announced on Tuesday that they have signed guard Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line,” General Manager John Lynch said in [more]

Richard Sherman expects to return to practice field by May or June

Richard Sherman expects to return to the practice field by “May or June.” “That timeline will be fine,” the new 49ers cornerback said in a press conference, via a live feed posted by the team. “I think people like to — with the Achilles or any injury — compare people. ‘This guy came back like [more]

West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would limit the [more]

All or Nothing brand expands beyond the NFL

The recent All or Nothing series, an NFL Films distributed exclusively by Amazon, quickly has become a popular look at life on an NFL team beyond the limited glimpse provided by Hard Knocks. The brand is now expanding. Amazon has announced three more All or Nothing franchises, with series focusing on the Michigan football program, [more]

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