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49ers sign third-round draft pick Witherspoon

49ers sign third-round draft pick Witherspoon

The 49ers signed CB Ahkello Witherspoon to a four-year deal, the team announced on Friday. 

With the signing, the 49ers now have seven of the team’s 10 2017 draft picks under contract.

Witherspoon (6-3,195) was the first of two third-round draft picks (66th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Colorado. In three seasons with the Buffaloes, he appeared in 36 games (21 starts) and registered 77 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 28 passes defensed.

In 2016, he earned Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors, appearing in 13 games (12 starts) where he registered 24 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 22 passes defensed. His 22 passes defensed on the year led the nation and tied the school record for the most in a single season (22 passes defensed by Ben Kelly in 1998).

As a junior, he played in 13 games (eight starts) and tallied 41 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed. In 2014, he played in 10 games (one start) and recorded 12 tackles and two passes defensed.

As a freshman in 2013, he played at Sacramento City College, appearing in eight games where he notched 21 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and seven passes defensed. 

A 22-year-old native of Sacramento, CA, Witherspoon attended Christian Brothers (Sacramento, CA) High School.

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"

49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

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49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.

York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.