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Justin Smith, NFL's second biggest steal

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Justin Smith, NFL's second biggest steal

While it may have once been impolite to talk about money, times have certainly changed in this day and age of the Internet. With NFL contracts available to the public, it's easy to see which teams made a killing in their negotiations and which weren't quite as lucky. According to a report by CBSSports.com, the San Francisco 49ers got quite the steal when they locked in Justin Smith.

The defensive end signed a six-year contract with the 49ers in 2008 that will take him through the 2013 season, and netted him in at roughly 6.375 million in 2011. Since joining the team, Smith has recorded 193 tackles, 29 sacks, and 211.5 yards, with one interception in his inaugural 2008 season. Smith also recorded nine tackles and two sacks in the 49ers' 2011 playoff run, their first in nine years.

Smith was an integral piece of that playoff run, and joins the ranks of other steals such as Aaron Rodgers, who led the Packers to a Super Bowl win in 2010 and only costs them 8.5M, Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Ravens who makes an affordable 6.76M, and Victor Cruz, Giants wide receiver who salsa dances his way into the list making 540,000 during New York's 2011 Super Bowl run.

Crosstown rivals the New York Jets headline a less positive list, however, with quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes both making the cut of the worst contracts in football. Sanchez and Holmes earn 11.75M and 8M, respectively, and the Jets failed to make the playoffs in 2011. Trent Williams, offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins, snags the number one spot on the list with 12M per year, which is the fifth-highest average salary. Williams has been accused of lacking hustle and has failed enough drug tests to warrant a four-game suspension. A fifth would see him off the field for a year.

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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.