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Ex-49ers WR Freddie Solomon dies at 59

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Ex-49ers WR Freddie Solomon dies at 59

Freddie Solomon, 49ers wide receiver from 1978 to 1985 and two-time Super Bowl champ, has died at the age of 59 after a battle with liver and colon cancer in Florida.Former 49ers safety Ronnie Lott told the Tampa Tribune, "Freddie Solomon was a treasure for us in San Francisco. What a humanitarian he has been for the city of Tampa.''Solomon was diagnosed with cancer nine months ago, but his situation deteriorated on Feb. 4, and he was hospitalized.Solomon is survived by his wife Delilah.RELATED: Montana, Lott Clark remember Freddie Solomon
He was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1975 out of the University of Tampa, where he played quarterback. Then Dolphins head coach Don Shula turned Solomon into a return man and wide receiver. Solomon was traded to the 49ers in 1978.Solomon and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo combined forces to help foster children in the Tampa, Florida area during Christmas time by donating money and toys.DeBartolo: "I've met thousands of players who came through my locker room with the 49ers, but I've never seen anyone with a heart like Freddie."Many 49ers fans may remember that it was Solomon, not Dwight Clark, who was Joe Montana's primary target on "The Catch" play in the 1981 NFC Championship game -- but Solomon slipped on his route, and Montana hit Clark for the game-winner.
Over his career, Solomon played in 151 games, and caught 371 balls for 48 touchdowns. He was an All-Pro selection in 1980.

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

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Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

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Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.