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49ers' York talks Kap: 'This is a fresh start for everybody'

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49ers' York talks Kap: 'This is a fresh start for everybody'

The 49ers have hired their head coach and assembled their next staff. But the most intriguing question remains: Who will start under center in the Chip Kelly era?

Kelly, general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York have mostly remained hush on the matter, but they've contributed tidbits here and there to the conversation.

Leading up to Super Bowl week, the latest came from York, who spoke with NFL Network's Rich Eisen on the 'Rich Esen Show'.

Eisen raised the idea of how good, in theory, quarterback Colin Kaepernick fits with Kelly and the system he runs.

York was then asked who he sees starting for the 49ers in 2016.

"I'm not going to decide who the starting quarterback is. That's our coach, and then the staff," York told Eisen on Thursday. "But I think the nice thing is we have the third-most salary cap room in the league, and everybody wants to make a big issue of, 'Well, you need to make a decision on Colin.' Etcetera, etcetera. We want Colin to get back healthy as soon as possible. We want to make sure that he's able to take the field whenever he's available.

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"And we've all seen what Colin can do," the 49ers CEO added. "Taking us to a Super Bowl, an NFC Championship game the year after. He's had a great career here. Obviously last year wasn't a great year for any of us in red and gold.

"And I think Chip is going to be a great addition, not just for Kap, but for the rest of the team. I'm excited to see where it goes."

But the fact remains, after a 2-6 record to start the year, Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

Once healthy, could Kaepernick earn back his starting job?

"There's no question in my mind," York replied. "I've always had a very, very high opinion of Kap. Kap's a great kid, he's done a lot of great things for us. And again, this is a fresh start for everybody."

Baalke, the team's GM, addressed the quarterback situation earlier in the offseason, telling 95.7 The Game: "Well the future's bright (for Kaepernick). ...But we've got two guys. Blaine (Gabbert) stepped in and did some awfully good things. Obviously Colin has done a lot of good things through his career here. And Chip's looking forward to getting together with both of them, and getting them on the field, and putting them into his system, and going to work."

Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

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Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.

The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.

News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.

Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.

Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.

49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.

“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.