SANTA CLARA -- Running back Brandon Jacobs went to Twitter the day after sustaining an injury to inform his 16,000 followers he received good news after an MRI examination.The previous night after going down with a left knee injury against the Houston Texans, Jacobs, whose Twitter name is @gatorboy45, received a lot of tweets. Most of the contact he received from fans was positive.But Jacobs also re-tweeted five hateful messages he received anonymously -- each of which contained offensive words.Some of the messages questioned his manhood. Some took delight in seeing Jacobs get injured. Some expressed both sentiments.I asked Jacobs on Tuesday why he decided to share those comments?"Everybody thinks this life is all easy and you got to deal with nothing," Jacobs explained. "I like for people to see what else is out there, what else we deal with as NFL players. Let them see what it is that we go through."One person said, 'I hope you die a horrible death.' I tweeted him back saying, 'I'm sure my wife and my kids appreciate that. Have a good day.' It's stuff like that, it's uncalled for. There are some real dumb, stupid people out there."Jacobs previously was on Twitter but closed his account last season when he was going through some frustrating times with the New York Giants. He began a new account in May.Ultimately, Jacobs said he likes having the tools to connect with his followers. He also regularly posts photos on Instagram under the name @bigone45."There's no point having it if you're not going to connect with people," Jacobs said. "Twitter is a good way to communicate with your fans in a positive way."But it's also a great method for weak, heartless cowards. There are a lot of those people out there. It's more funny to me than anything to know there are stupid, dumb people out there like that. I deal with it and move on with my day.Jacobs said most of the feedback and interaction with fans is good-natured and positive. But he is also conditioned to expect everything."I've gotten great support from Giants fans," he said. "I've gotten negative from Giants fans. I've gotten great support from San Francisco fans. And I've gotten some negative from San Francisco fans, as well."I was on Twitter once before because I didn't know how to handle it. But I figured a way to handle it now, and I like it. . . I'm a little smarter. The people don't ruin my day, by any means. I just deal with it." Jacobs, who was on crutches for most of last week, is clearly moving a lot better. There is still a chance he could be available for the 49ers' regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers.
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.
Former 49ers and Vikings LB Gerald Hodges scheduled to visit Seahawks on Weds.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2017
Former Wash DT Ricky Jean Francois visiting Packers on Weds.
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.”