Kirk Cousins: I did not demand a trade to the 49ers

Kirk Cousins: I did not demand a trade to the 49ers

Last Friday, Kirk Cousins signed his exclusive franchise tag with Washington.

He recently spoke with ESPN's Adam Schefter and shed some light on where things stand between him and the franchise.

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"I've had really positive interactions with Mr. Snyder throughout this entire offseason," Cousins said. "The negotiation process in general has been very positive for me and I'm happy with how things have transpired so far. As Chris Mortensen reported -- not sure how it got it -- but I did inquire to Mr. Snyder and to Bruce Allen if there was any interest in trading me, just to try and get an understanding of their perspective.

"The answer I got back was Mr. Snyder communicated his belief in me and his desire for me to remain (with Washington), and his desire to help me by surrounding the quarterback position with all the players and coaches that you need to succeed."

Cousins then shared a story about how the person fitting his wife for shoes at a store told Cousins he heard that the quarterback demanded a trade.

"I laughed and thought, 'I don't know where that comes from because that just wasn't the case,'" Cousins told Schefter. "I just called them and asked where their perspective was and where they were coming from. And I just wanted to communicate ... somehow it can get twisted to where an employee at a store is using the word 'demand.' But that's certainly not the approach that I took."

Last week, Cousins reportedly told someone close to him that he is going to end up playing for the 49ers in 2017 or 2018.

So he isn't expecting to be with Washington long-term?

"You never know," he answered. "In this league, things change so fast and players can get blindsided all the time with decisions. They'll cut you on your birthday. They'll cut you on the day your child is born. They'll cut you on Christmas Eve. You just never know what's gonna happen.

"I'm always gonna keep an open mind so I try not to get blindsided, but from what I heard in the conversation, I felt very much supported and I felt that the owner and president of the team want me to be the quarterback there and want me to be the quarterback there for a long time."

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”