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Julius Thomas scores first touchdown at Levi’s Stadium

Trivia completists waiting to find out the first player to score a touchdown at Levi’s Stadium have their answer. It was Broncos tight end Julius Thomas on a 17-yard pass from Peyton Manning with 11:45 left to play in the second quarter of the first game at the new home of the 49ers. Thomas’ touchdown…

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Kaepernick blames criticism on “stereotypes, prejudice”

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick gets unfairly criticized, according to former NFL quarterback Chris Simms.  In a video interview for Bleacher Report, Simms loaded that assumption into a question regarding why Kaepernick believes he gets a raw deal. “Stereotypes, prejudice,” Kaepernick said.  “Whatever you want to call it.  I think between the tattoos, the way I…

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Whitner suggests Browns players are fine with Hoyer or Manziel

The Browns locker room is split on starting quarterback.  But there’s apparently no schism. Safety Donte Whitner, who let the cat out of the bag while in San Francisco that Colin Kaepernick would keep the starting job after Alex Smith’s concussion healed, tells Peter King of that the locker room currently is divided, but…

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Impasse lingers between Alex Smith, Chiefs

The Chiefs ultimately gave up a pair of second-round picks to get quarterback Alex Smith.  They may not be willing to give up a ton of cash to keep him. Smith tells Tom Pelissero of USA Today that the first overall pick in the 2005 draft isn’t interested in a contract with the same structure…

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Blaine Gabbert struggles in 49ers debut

At best, it was a case of a quarterback adjusting to a new team, a new scheme and new teammates. At worst, it was quite inauspicious. No matter how you look at it, Blaine Gabbert had a rough go of it in his first game with the 49ers. Gabbert, the Jaguars’ former starting quarterback, completed…

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Jon Baldwin clears waivers

This time, Jon Baldwin cleared waivers. According to the NFL’s transactions, no club claimed the 2011 first-round pick on Thursday, leaving the 24-year-old wide receiver an unrestricted free agent. Baldwin was claimed by the Lions on Monday, one day after being waived by the 49ers. However, he failed his physical with Detroit, voiding his prospective…

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Signing bonus the most important factor in quarterback contracts

As more and more quarterback contracts become year-to-year propositions, the best and perhaps only way to give these or any other players real security comes from a large signing bonus.  Apart from the magnitude of the cash in hand, a big signing bonus ensures that the player will still be on the team for a…

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Bengals turn attention to A.J. Green, supposedly

With quarterback Andy Dalton committed to the Bengals through 2020 (but with the Bengals committed as a practical matter to Dalton only through 2015), the next question becomes when his primary target will make a largely one-way commitment to the franchise. Via Peter King of, coach Marvin Lewis texted receiver A.J. Green after Dalton’s…

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Kaepernick disability policy creates bizarre gap in coverage

As much as the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick may try to characterize his new contract as something that applies only to the 49ers and Kaepernick, other teams hope to apply multiple aspects of the Kaepernick contract to their own quarterbacks. Per a source with knowledge of the discussions, the Kaepernick contract had a strong influence…

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Chiefs may face franchise-tag dilemma with Alex Smith, Justin Houston

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston wants a new contract.  So does quarterback Alex Smith.  Progress is slow to nonexistent on both fronts, which could be leading to a tough decision for the franchise after the season. If neither is signed, the franchise tag could be used on only one, allowing the other to hit the market. …

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Dalton gets $17 million now, $22 million through early March

No, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s contract isn’t worth $115 million over six years, as others have reported.  The base value, per a source with knowledge of the details, is $96 million over six years. That doesn’t mean it’s time to have a bake sale for Andy Dalton.  Still, that’s a $19 million gap between initial…

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Structure, not dollars, will be the key to the Dalton deal

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was picked higher than 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  It’s possible that Dalton also ended up with a better second contract. Like Kaepernick, Dalton committed for six more years, putting him under contract through 2020.  But how long are the Bengals committed to Dalton? When the details emerge (and they inevitably will),…

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More money for Manziel

The Browns were alarmed by Johnny Manziel’s offseason, off-field endeavors.  Advertisers apparently aren’t, which allows Manziel to make the money sign, repeatedly. With the help of the management firm owned by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, Manziel has racked up another endorsement.  Which will yield more dollars that can either be deposited in the bank…

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Michael Crabtree could miss two weeks with undisclosed injury

49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree missed Thursday’s practice and it looks like he will miss several more before he’s well enough to return to the field. Coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t share what forced Crabtree out of practice, saying only that he is “working through something,” and that he could miss a week or two of…

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PFT Live: Kenny Vaccaro looking to improve in year two

Mike Florio sits down with Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro to discuss looking like Colin Kaepernick, being ready to “come into his own,” how he hopes to build upon his rookie season and more.

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