Smith no longer controls own fate with 49ers

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Smith no longer controls own fate with 49ers

There was already an intriguing Alex Smith tie-in to Peyton Manning before ESPN reported Friday morning that the 49ers this week inserted themselves into the competition.And we're not talking about agent Tom Condon representing both men, either. This scenario involves Matt Hasselbeck.There appear to be three teams who remain serious contenders to sign Manning: Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and the late-arriving 49ers.Coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman traveled across the country to visit with Manning and watch him throw the football. And the 49ers also medically checked out Manning, who underwent four neck procedures including a spinal fusion surgery.A week ago, the word out of the 49ers, as reported by CSNBayArea.com, was that there was a contract offer on the table for Smith and the club was not interested in Manning. And Harbaugh has stated repeated that Alex Smith was "our guy."RELATED: Report -- Harbaugh worked out Peyton Manning
Smith did not seem too concerned at a fundraiser for Kurt Warner's foundation over the weekend in Tempe, Ariz., when he said, "It will get done."Even on Thursday -- two days after the reported Manning-49ers throwing session -- the word from 49ers brass was that the Smith deal would happen.Now, it's quite apparent that Smith does not control his own fate with the 49ers.Obviously, if the 49ers were to sign Manning, Smith would be out the door. And, now, we have to wonder how things will shake out if Manning signs with the Tennessee Titans, too.
Why?A year ago, the 49ers went after Hasselbeck, who decided to sign with the Titans, instead. Hasselbeck shares the same agent, David Dunn, as Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke. Hasselbeck later said he almost signed with the 49ers.There was a point last year when Harbaugh was asked if he thought about bringing in another quarterback to compete with Smith for the starting job."Well, we did think about it before, and we thought we had a guy there in free agency," Harbaugh said. "And (it) didn't work out."There is some skepticism around the league whether the 49ers are really a strong candidate to sign Manning. But there is a lot of skepticism about Smith's future, too.
One NFL executive who is closely monitoring the situation told CSNBayArea.com, "Alex Smith has no place to go."The Denver Post reported some numbers that the teams are working off -- and it's confirmed -- that the conversation is starting at five years, 90 million with 30 million guaranteed.With 18 million in cap space, that is not an issue for the 49ers. The issue is whether the 49ers really want to make a huge commitment to Manning, and whether Manning is sold on the idea of playing for the 49ers.According to one source, Manning does not necessarily want to re-create what he had in Indianapolis. He has asked questions about how things might be different with his new team. That includes the offense, the personnel and how practices are structured.So, conceivably, Harbaugh could be persuasive in showing Manning how he would fit perfectly into the same kind of scheme the 49ers designed for Alex Smith a year ago.There's been an offer on the table to Smith for some time. It's a deal, sources have said, that leaves the door open for Colin Kaepernick to take over as the starter in the future. CEO Jed York said Monday that the ball was in Smith's court.Now, with Harbaugh, Smith's biggest supporter, taking a cross-country flight to talk to Manning, it seems as if Smith has very little control of the matter.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.