The 49ers raised their contract offer to quarterback Alex Smith only "moderately" in late negotiations, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday.Smith signed a three-year, 24 million contract that includes 9 million in fully guaranteed money, the source said. If Smith maxes out his incentive package -- likely based on play time and undisclosed performance levels -- the total package of the contract can reach 33 million.The total money available to Smith in his contract did not change from the 49ers' initial offer several weeks ago, the source said. But the 49ers did raise the guaranteed money 1 million from their initial 8 million offer, according to the source.Smith said on Wednesday that coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke informed him last week of the club's interest in free-agent Peyton Manning. Smith said he was not offended that Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman flew cross country to watch Manning work out.When Smith remained unsigned through the first five days of free agency, he took a visit to meet Miami Dolphins coaches and team officials on Sunday. During that time, the 49ers never took their offer off the table while the club pursued Manning, Smith confirmed.Smith's option began to dry up over the weekend when the Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Then, the Dolphins signed former Jacksonville starter David Garrard, awarding him a 1 million signing bonus.After Manning chose the Denver Broncos over the 49ers and Tennessee Titans on Monday, the 49ers raised their offer of guaranteed money to Smith by 1 million, the source said.Smith said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that he was not upset with the 49ers' offer of years and commitment."The issues came more from the structure than anything," Smith said. "Really, the money wasn't an issue. Those of you guys who know me know what type of guy I am. Money is great for security, but I'm not the type of guy who has a bunch of flashy cars. Other than taking care of my family, it's not something that means a lot to me."And, really, just a matter of working out the structure of the contract to get it to where we felt good about it."Agent Tom Condon, working on behalf of Smith, and 49ers chief operating officer Paraag Marathe negotiated the deal. In the end, Smith said he returned to the only place he wanted to play in 2012."For me, this was the plan all along," Smith said. "Obviously, since the season ended, I wanted to be back here. And it dragged out a little bit, but glad it's over. Glad it's done. I'm glad to get back to work."
On Thursday prior to the 49ers' game against the Rams, Eric Reid continued his protest during the national anthem by taking a knee.
On Friday, President Donald Trump had an idea as to what should happen to players like Reid.
Speaking in Huntsville, AL, 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."
Trump wishes NFL owners would tell anthem protesters "get that son of a bitch off the field right now" pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017
The statement was welcomed by cheers from the crowd.
Reid joined Colin Kaepernick in protest last season. Kaepernick isn't on an NFL roster. Reid sat out Thursday's game with an injury.
Said Reid of his (non) stance earlier in the year: “When we started last year, if you recall, we said our goal was to raise awareness and shed light on the issues that were happening in our country. I think we accomplished that goal. What I was upset about was the narrative, the false narrative, that were being told about us, people saying that we’re un-American, that we’re against police entirely and the military. That just wasn’t true. At first I thought that was a small sacrifice to pay to get the word out and raise awareness. I settled with thinking raising that awareness was victory.
“Then fast forward to Charlottesville and the country sees what an un- American protest really looks like. That’s when I had my change of heart. Because what Colin, Eli and I did was a peaceful protest fueled by faith in God to help make our country a better place. I feel I needed to regain control of that narrative and not let people say that what we’re doing is un-American, because it’s not. It’s completely American. We’re doing it because we want equality for everybody. We want our country to be a better place. So that’s why I decided to resume the protest.”
To date, at least 14 players have protested during the national anthem -- that number rises to close to 60 if you include the NFL preseason.
Trump added: “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.
“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that [referees]? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”
Defensive lineman Tank Carradine will miss an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain sustained in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday the team was awaiting the results of an MRI examination. The 49ers could decide to place Carradine on injured reserve, which would make him eligible to return to action later in the season.
“We’re going to have to get that and really decide whether IR or not,” Shanahan said. “Because any time you have a high ankle sprain it’s going to be a while. We’re not exactly sure how long that’s going to be, but we’ll have to decide that probably Monday.”
The 49ers expect to be without the services of linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid, too.
Also, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle are in the concussion protocol after sustaining head injuries on Thursday.
Although the 49ers’ medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot for his high ankle sprain, Shanahan said he would be shocked if the rookie is able to return to action Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.
“I’d be shocked if he came back this week,” Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week to week. I’m not really expecting him this week but You never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but I’m not expecting it right now.”
Reid’s rehab is behind Foster’s, according to Shanahan. Reid sustained a left knee injury Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss multiple games.
Speaking at his day-after-game press conference, Shanahan said he was disappointed that the 49ers’ pass rush did not apply more pressure to Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough,” Shanahan said. “I thought we did a very good job against Seattle and we took a step back on that last night.”
When asked what he saw on the critical late-fourth-quarter play on which rookie receiver Trent Taylor was called for pass interference, Shanahan said, “I saw a very good route.“