Why Goldson is the 49ers' only franchise option

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Why Goldson is the 49ers' only franchise option

UPDATE at 10:35 a.m.: The 49ers announced on their Twitter page that they have placed the non-exlusive franchise tag on Dashon Goldson.

GM Trent Baalke: "By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him, while also ensuring he will be a 49er for a sixth season, in 2012.
NEWS: 49ers use franchise tag on Goldson

With the value of the franchise tag down across the board, it makes more sense than ever for the 49ers to use the designation to virtually assure the return of a player scheduled for unrestricted free agency.The 49ers will use the tag this year on Dashon Goldson, who has expected to be franchised for a while, a source close to the Pro Bowl safety told CSNBayArea.com this week. ESPN reports the 49ers could make the move official on Friday.The deadline for teams to use the tag is Monday.REWIND: Maiocco -- Goldson in 49ers' top franchise target
Goldson will count 6.2 million against the 2012 salary cap on the one-year deal. The 49ers have opted to use the tag on Goldson, rather than cornerback Carlos Rogers. The one-year franchise price for a cornerback is approximately 10.6 million.

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The 49ers hope to work out a long-term contract with Goldson, who recently fired agent Drew Rosenhaus and hired CAA Football.
It was never an option to tag quarterback Alex Smith. The price for a quarterback is expected to be 14.4 million. The price for a quarterback is much higher than the annual salary the 49ers plan for Smith. The 49ers and Smith's agent, Tom Condon of CAA Football, continue negotiations on a deal.RELATED: Goldson hires agency with history of 49ers deals
If the sides fail to work out the numbers by March 13, Smith would be free to speak with other teams when the free-agent signing period begins. Both sides expect the deal to get done, and for Smith to return to the 49ers.At the NFL scouting combine, the word circulating was that teams in need of a quarterback weren't even seriously considering Smith as an option because of the assumption he'll be back with coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.Rogers, as of now, appears ticketed to free agency. Nothing is imminent on a new contract. But even if Rogers hits the open market, there remains a chance the 49ers will be able to retain him.Rogers, who turns 31 in July, earned 4.25 million last season on a one-year contract. If the 49ers are unable to re-sign Rogers before March 13, he would become a free agent. If he's does not find the kind of contract he desires, the 49ers would have a strong chance to retain him.The 49ers signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks this week to a six-year, 37 million extension with a 7.5 million signing bonus.

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 NBC Sports Bay Area 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.