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Why it makes sense for 49ers to trade Alex Smith

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Why it makes sense for 49ers to trade Alex Smith

There have been a couple times during Alex Smith's career that it was difficult to envision him returning to play the following season for the 49ers.

The first time was after the 2008 season. Smith experienced shoulder injuries that wiped out most of 2007 and all of 2008. However, Smith accepted a huge pay cut to remain with the 49ers in 2009.

The second time Smith appeared destined to leave the 49ers was following the 2010 season. He was clearly ready for a new chapter in his life. But, then, Jim Harbaugh came along and an agreement was reached. Both sides came to the conclusion that it made sense for Smith to remain with the 49ers on a one-year deal.

Last offseason, there was always the sense Smith would return as a free agent even throughout the whole Peyton Manning saga.

But now that Harbaugh has made the move to go with second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the 49ers' starter, it seems Smith is back in that old familiar position of uncertainty.Smith signed a three-year, 24 million contract with the 49ers in the offseason. Because that contract is so reasonable, it gives the 49ers some options.

If Smith is on the 49ers' roster on April 1, 2013, his entire 7.5 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed.Obviously, a 7.5 million salary for a backup quarterback does not seem realistic when the presumptive starter, Kaepernick, is scheduled to make 740,000 in base pay.

If the 49ers were to get rid of Smith's base salary, they could then use that money to tender safety Dashon Goldson at the franchise tag of 7.45 million.Smith is the 20th-highest-paid quarterback in the league (see table below), which could make him an attractive option for some quarterback-needy team to acquire in a trade -- probably for a 2014 draft pick.

Smith is scheduled for a base salary of 7.5 million in both 2013 and 2014. If the 49ers simply released Smith before April 1, they would still owe him 1 million. So it would help the 49ers on the salary cap, as well as enable the organization to accumulate a future draft pick, if they could get something for Smith via an offseason trade.

Here's how Smith's average salary per season ranks among other quarterbacks in the NFL (with years the deals span):

Average QB salaries per year
1. Drew Brees 20 million (2012-2016)
2. Peyton Manning 19.2 million (2012-'16)
3. Tom Brady 18 million (2010-'14)
4. Eli Manning 16.25 (2009-'15)
5. Michael Vick 16 million (2011-'16)
6. Matt Schaub 15.5 million (2012-'16)
7. Philip Rivers 15.3 million (2009-'15)
8. Jay Cutler 14.67 (2009-'13)
9. Ben Roethlisberger 14.67 million (2011-'15)
10. Mark Sanchez 13.49 (2012-'16)
11. Sam Bradford 13 million (2012-'15)
12. Aaron Rodgers 12.7 million (2008-'14)
13. Kevin Kolb 12.42 million (2011-'16)
14. Matthew Stafford 12.25 million (2012-'15)
15. Tony Romo 11.25 million (2011-'16)
16. Matt Ryan 11.25 million (2008-'13)
17. Carson Palmer 10.75 (2012-'16)
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick 9.83 million (2011-'17)
19. Matt Cassel 9.67 million (2009-'14)
20. Alex Smith 8 million (2012-'14)
21. Matt Hasselbeck 6.67 million (2011-'13)
22. Matt Flynn 6.5 million (2012-'14)
23. Andrew Luck 5.53 million (2012-2015)
24. Cam Newton 5.5 million (2011-'14)
25. Robert Griffin 5.28 million (2012-'15)
26. Josh Freeman 5.24 million (2009-'13)
27. Joe Flacco 4.76 million (2008-'12)

Also
45. Colin Kaepernick 1.28 million (2011-'14)(NFL Players Association sources)

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

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49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.