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Harbaugh breathes life into Tebow talk

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Harbaugh breathes life into Tebow talk

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With the gentle and melodic warble of Release The Kraken, Jim Harbaugh has inflicted a new level of torture upon us all.Yes, the Return Of Tebow.But not Tim Tebow per se, but the endless, tortuous yowling about Tebow, both for and against. The entire magnetic field of sports talk is about to be distorted again, only worse than ever because it emanates like gamma ray bursts from the blowhard capital of the universe, New York City.We are so very doomed.And yes, it is Jim Harbaughs fault. Absolutely its his fault, and he must pay the ultimate crime. Whatever that is.I mean, we get why he needed the 49ers to put up a strong performance against the New York Jets on Sunday. The boys had coughed up a hairball in Minneapolis, they were starting to buy what the outside world was selling, and they might have been losing a bit of their edge.But 34-0 isnt the excess we complain about here. Its the way the 49er defense squeezed New York quarterback Mark Sanchez head, and the result of that compression.Tebow.But not so much Tebow himself, but his hideous hellbat army of shrieking acolytes the Big Bang Theory of gasbaggery.And Harbaugh, knowing what the world has already endured by the neutron star of TebowTalk, could have called off a dog or two for the good of the culture. He could have ordered Vic Fangio to allow Sanchez a touchdown, or even two, for the game was done and over fairly early:Yeah, Vic, I know its a bad message to send, but something you have to do something for the greater good of the society. At least thats what Jed just told me. Me, I could give a damn about society, and Id be good with you pulling his sternum out of his chest, metaphorically speaking, but Jed is pretty spooked about the damage to our culture, or some such crap.Instead, the 49ers went pedal to metal, they disenfranchised Sanchez from his future, and left us all with . . . well, you know.TebowTalk.Now you can justify and rationalize all you want about how TebowTalk cant be Harbaughs problem, but it is everyones problem. Its why we recycle, its why we fight bullying, its why we march for justice and equality. Its why we try to do good and fight evil.Put another way, the 49ers could have won the game and covered the spread by winning, 4-0. The extra 30 points, the four turnovers, the 145 yards of total offense for the Jets that was just excess.The collateral damage of that excess has already begun. TebowTalk 6060247 the hell of an argument weve already had 1,200 times with neither resolution nor new information. Yelling for the sake of screaming, caterwauling to just to make the other guy beg for the sweet release of temporary deafness.And yes, it was preventable. Not by Sanchez or even Rex Ryan, who are merely players in an insane tableau foisted upon them by Jets owner Woody Johnson, but by the catalyst who made this all inevitable. Jimmy Joe Harbaugh, the man who could have spared us all but chose not to.Thats quite a legacy to explain to the grandkids Yeah, Little Tad and Kimberly, I unleashed Tebow. I didnt want to at first, but then I just said, Oh, the hell with it, I live across the country. Itll never hit my loved ones.But of course hes wrong, because TebowTalk is the unchallenged zenith of pigheaded squawling on both sides. You have to be careful around such forces, but Harbaugh needed his boys to get their mad back more than he cared about the rest of us. We will never forget, and we will not easily forgive.Well, you may forgive him because you think of him the way Tebows people think of him. But you can never say you werent warned about the result of such recklessness.And when that vein behind your left eye starts to throb uncontrollably because you cant escape TebowTalk, you will remember this day. And you will weep.

49ers sign top pick Solomon Thomas during first practice

49ers sign top pick Solomon Thomas during first practice

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers completed contract negotiations with their final unsigned draft pick as the team was going through warm-ups for the first practice of training camp.

Former Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 3 overall pick, signed Friday and was expected to join his teammates later in the day.

The sides agreed to the mandatory four-year contract worth more than $28 million, including a signing bonus of approximately $18.6 million. The deal is expected to be fully guaranteed.

The 49ers also have an option for the fifth season (2021) that must be exercised months after the 2019 season.

Thomas was unable to participate in full-squad workouts during the offseason due to Stanford’s late class schedule. NFL rules prohibit a rookie from attending the offseason program until his school’s classes have concluded for the spring session.

The 49ers – and the vast majority of NFL teams – have not had a contract stalemate with a rookie since the new collective bargaining agreement went into effect in 2011.

The organization had similar timing with a first-round pick from last year. Guard Joshua Garnett, also from Stanford, signed with the 49ers on the evening before players were scheduled to report to training camp.

Around the NFL, there has been only one notable contract disagreement that prevented a draft pick from reporting to camp in a timely fashion. Defensive lineman Joey Bosa, whom the Chargers selected with the No. 3 pick last year, sat out a month of training camp due to a disagreement over how his bonus would be distributed. Bosa and Thomas are both represented by the agent firm of Creative Artists Agency.

Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

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Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jimmie Ward was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open training camp with a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced Friday morning.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Thursday that all of their players were healthy and no players would be headed to PUP or the non-football injury list.

But that was before the 49ers were scheduled to have their conditioning test. Ward sustained the injury on Thursday during the team's conditioning test. The team lists him as "week to week."

He can be activated to begin practice at any time. Ward is also eligible to begin the regular season on the PUP list. Any player who opens the regular season on PUP is ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.

Ward is expected to be one of the key members of the 49ers' defense from the free safety position. His role is dubbed "The Eraser," fellow safety Eric Reid said, because of his role as a playmaker in the secondary. However, one of the major questions about Ward is his ability to remain healthy through the rigors of an NFL season.

Ward missed eight games as a rookie due to a foot injury. Last year, he sat out five games due to a shoulder injury.