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Sources: Despite speculation, no trade set for Kolb

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Sources: Despite speculation, no trade set for Kolb

Friday, April 29, 2011Reuben Frank
CSNPhilly.comThere are no side deals, and there are no pre-arranged trades. The Eagles dont and probably cant plan to trade Kevin Kolb for a player already drafted in the first round on Thursday.Two high-ranking league officials familiar with the Eagles thinking addressed rampant speculation that the Eagles went into the first round of the draft with a deal already in place with a team seeking a quarterback.Because of the lockout, the Eagles were unable to trade Kolb before the first round of the draft began Thursday evening. The Eagles expected to get a first-round pick and other considerations if they had been able to move Michael Vicks backup before the draft.Under the much-speculated pre-arranged deal scenario, the Eagles and a team presumably picking in the top 10 or 12 had made a deal prior to the draft that the team would draft a player the Eagles wanted. Then, once the lockout was officially lifted it could happen as early as Friday the Eagles would formally ship Kolb to that pre-arranged team for the player already taken.When the 49ers took Missouris Aldon Smith with the seventh pick, speculation heated up. The 49ers dont really seem to need a defensive end, but they are desperate for a quarterback and are known to covet Kolb. The Eagles, meanwhile, are in the market for a defensive end and could certainly use somebody like the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Missouri product.But the two league sources both said the Eagles absolutely have no plans in place to make such a deal and said the team is simply planning to re-open talks for Kolb once such talks are allowed.There are a couple reasons such a deal wouldnt be possible anyway.First of all, if the new CBA or set of rules governing league play in 2011 includes a rookie wage scale, it would be difficult for the Eagles to sign all their players if one of them was a player drafted far higher than they picked. Although specifics of what plan the NFL and players will ultimately agree to are unknown, a teams rookie wage allocation is determined by where each team picks. If the Eagles pick at No. 23 and all of a sudden have a top-10 pick to squeeze into their pay scale, it would be very difficult to get everybody signed. When trades are made during the draft, the team acquiring the better pick is allotted the corresponding amount of room under the wage scale to sign its players. If a trade were made after the draft, that presumably wouldnt be the case.And second, with the labor situation in turmoil and chaos reigning, teams right now are extremely wary of doing anything out of the box. If the Eagles or any team made a move that could be later shown to have been plotted prior to the accepted start of the 2011 league year, it could and likely would be used by the player attorneys trying to prove collusion on the part of the owners.The Eagles currently have the 54th and 85th picks overall Friday and seven more picks on Saturday.E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

On Monday, Jerry Rice shared some words of wisdom with the 49ers in a team meeting.

He also stuck around and went through warmup drills with 49ers receivers.

49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson engaged in some back-and-forth dialogue with the living legend.

"He was giving me a little bit of trash talk. I was giving it back to him though (laughing)," Robinson explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show. "If he wanted to line up with me, I was ready. And I wasn't gonna hold back.

"I kept calling him, I was like, 'I know you don't want to come out here,' But then he finally came over there and he was giving me some trash talk."

It's all but certain that Robinson will start on the outside when the 49ers host the Panthers in Week 1.

He struggled in the exhibition opener against the Chiefs last Friday night.

On the first play of the game, Tyreek Hill ran right past Robinson for a 33-year completion along the sideline.

"I didn't really think they were gonna do a deep ball," Robinson said. "I fell away from my fundamentals. That's one thing I can say ... that just boils back to having short-term memory."

Later in the drive -- on 3rd and 6 from the 49ers' 11-yard line -- he missed a tackle that resulted in a 1st and Goal at the 2-yard line.

The Chiefs scored on the next play.

"Can't really beat yourself up about it ... gotta let it go."

Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

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Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."

On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.

"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.

"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."

Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.

And according to Kyle Shanahan:

“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.

“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.

"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”

Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?

"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.

"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."