When the newest addition to the 49ers family arrived a week ago, coach Jim Harbaugh was the most prominent member of the welcoming committee.
Alex Smith's wife, Elizabeth, gave birth last week to the couple's first child. Harbaugh showed up at the hospital with flowers for the new mother, a source told CSN Bay Area. The 49ers confirmed Harbaugh's hospital visit.
The 49ers first asked for approval from the league office to offer face-to-face congratulations, making sure they were in compliance with lockout rules. Harbaugh and the 49ers were given clearance because it was viewed purely as a social visit, a team spokesman said.
Harbaugh visited the Smiths at the hospital, hand delivering a floral arrangement. Several other members of the 49ers' organization reached out to the Smiths to offer congratulations on their baby boy.
Quarterback Alex Smith and Harbaugh have built a good rapport since Harbaugh was hired as 49ers head coach on Jan. 7. Harbaugh has stated he has a strong feeling Smith will re-sign. And Smith, whose contract expired at the end of the 2010 league year, confirmed this week that he intends to remain with the 49ers for at least the coming season.
Colin Kaepernick, who experienced his most NFL success under Jim Harbaugh, is on the mind of John Harbaugh, Jim’s older brother.
John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, could be in the market for a quarterback with the possibility Joe Flacco could miss significant time during training camp with a back injury.
Harbaugh told the Baltimore-area media on Thursday that Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, is in the discussion to join the team. Kaepernick has remained a free agent since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.
“I’ve known Colin through my brother for many years,” John Harbaugh said. “And we've talked and then got to know him very well when he scrimmaged here. He and I have been talking throughout the summer a number of times. We had some great conversations on the phone and it’s really been a pleasure to talk to him and get to know him. I like history and politics, too, and we’ve had some debates, and it’s been fun.
“And he’s a great guy. He’s a guy right now that’s being talked about. We’ll just see what happens with that. Only speculation right now. He’s a really good football player and as I said at the owners' meetings, I do believe he’ll be playing in the National Football League this year.”
Harbaugh added, "I don’t think that’s different for us than any other team. We’re definitely going to get another arm in here. But he’s not an arm, obviously. He’s an accomplished football player and we always like having good football players around."
Kaepernick visited with the Seattle Seahawks in May. The Seahawks opted to sign Austin Davis instead of Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, 29, completed 59.2 percent of his pass attempts for the 49ers last season with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating of 90.7 was his best since the 2013 season.
The 49ers enter their first training camp under head coach Kyle Shanahan Thursday with plenty of questions to be answered.
But don't worry, one of the hardest-hitting questions already has its answer. On Monday, ratings for every first-round rookie were revealed for "Madden NFL 18."
Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who the 49ers traded back and took with the third pick in the draft, comes in at 79 overall. Thomas is tied with two others as the fourth-highest rated rookie in the game.
Over two seasons with Stanford, Thomas recorded 98 tackles, 24.5 for loss, and 12 sacks.
San Francisco traded back into the first round to add another piece to their defense in linebacker Reuben Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. The former Alabama star starts off his Madden career with a 76 overall rating. He is tied with five other rookies for the seventh-best rating.
In three years at Alabama, Foster racked up 211 tackles, 23 for loss, and seven sacks.