Alex Smith on visit to meet with Dolphins


Alex Smith on visit to meet with Dolphins

As if the drama around the 49ers' quarterback situation could get any more interesting . . . A week ago, quarterback Alex Smith was adamant he would return to the 49ers. And the 49ers had an offer on the table and were confident the sides would eventually work things out.While the 49ers wait for an answer from Peyton Manning after jumping into the race for his services last week, Smith is making the first free-agent visit of his career to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Smith arrived in the Miami area on Sunday morning to meet with the Dolphins. Several fans spotted him on an overnight flight from San Francisco to South Florida, and ESPN first reported Smith's trip was to meet with the Dolphins. embedly_twitter_50782942background:url(http:a0.twimg.comimagesthemestheme1bg.png) 1A1B1F; padding:20px; embedly_twitter_50782942 pbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_50782942 .embedly_tweet_contentbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadatadisplay:block;width:100;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px; padding-bottom: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadata span.authorline-height:15px;color:999;font-size:14px embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadata aline-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadata imgfloat:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px embedly_twitter_50782942 p a color: 2FC2EF; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_50782942 p a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_50782942 .embedly_timestampfont-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top: 5px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above span.embedly_timestampfont-size:10px;margin-top: 1px;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_50782942 a color: 2FC2EF; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_50782942 a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-screen-name font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-full-name padding-left: 4px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actionsmargin-left: 10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above span.tweet-actionsfont-size:10px embedly_twitter_50782942 .controlsline-height:12px!important embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a margin-left:5px embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a bfont-weight:normal embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above span.tweet-actions a bvertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above .tweet-textfont-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-image float: left; width: 40px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-user-block-image float: left; width: 48px; height: 48px embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-row margin-left: 40px; margin-top: 3px;line-height: 17px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-user-block margin-left: -40px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .stream-item padding-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .simple-tweet-image img margin-top: 4px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .simple-tweet-content margin: 0 0 13px 0px; font-size: 14px; min-height:48px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .in-reply-to-border border-color: EBEBEB; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 0 0; embedly_twitter_50782942 .in-reply-to-text margin-left: 4px; padding-left: 8px; padding-right: 10px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions i background: transparent url(http:a2.twimg.coma1306889658phoeniximgsprite-icons.png) no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px -3px 3px;outline: none; text-indent:-99999px;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;position:relative; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i background-position:-192px 0; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i background-position:0 0; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i background-position:-32px 0; @DavisHsuSeattle
Davis HsuI am on flight right now (red eye) from San Francisco to Miami- QB Alex Smith is sitting in first class- you connect the dots.
Mar 18 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply The South Florida Sun-Sentinel caught up with Smith in the airport. After seven roller-coaster seasons with the 49ers, Smith said he is beyond the point where anything is a shock to him."This is the NFL," Smith said. "I guess nothing surprises me anymore. I never thought a year ago Manning would be a free agent either. I'm never surprised by anything."Smith seemed to have found a permanent home with the 49ers. After his performance during the season, Smith accepted coach Jim Harbaugh's NFL Coach of the Year Award in a nationally televised awards show the night before the Super Bowl. Smith also served as Harbaugh's caddie for the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.FLASHBACK: Harbaugh: Unanimous within 49ers that Smith is 'our guy'The 49ers won the NFC West with a 13-3 record and reached the NFC championship game with Smith at quarterback. Smith, the top pick in the 2005 draft, thrived under the tutelage of Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach Geep Chyrst.Smith's efficient play enabled the 49ers to tie and NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season with 10. He threw just five interceptions, and finished the season with 159 consecutive regular-season pass attempts without getting picked off. Steve Young holds the 49ers' record with 183 attempts without an interception, 1993.While the 49ers' passing game was efficient with Smith, it was far from prolific. The 49ers ranked 29th in the league in passing yards. Moreover, the 49ers ranked 31st in third-down conversions (29.4 percent) and 30th in red-zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on just 40.7 percent of their trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line.Smith posted the best season of his career, completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,144 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. His passer rating was 90.7.Harbaugh said last season he considered Smith an "elite quarterback." However, as has reported, the 49ers were not willing to make Smith an "elite" offer. reported Saturday that Smith's contract offer is three years, 24 million -- an 8 million average annually salary.In comparison, the New York Jets recently signed Mark Sanchez to a five-year, 58.25 million extension. And the Buffalo Bills signed Ryan Fitzpatrick last season to a seven-year, 62.2 million deal. Both players received more than 20 million in guaranteed money.
But until Sunday, there appeared to be no market for Smith.The Dolphins are looking for a quarterback and are involved in discussions with unrestricted free agent Matt Flynn, the Green Bay backup who played well in his limited opportunities.Meanwhile, the NFL Network reports Manning has informed his three suitors -- 49ers, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans -- that he will make a decision Monday or Tuesday. However, ESPN reports Manning has made no such promise on when he expects to make a decision.

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

MIAMI -- A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

"We're being unjustly killed and overly criminalized," Lawrence wrote early Saturday in a Facebook post. "I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that we belong in this country and that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us."

Miami Heat officials said they had no advance knowledge of Lawrence's plan to protest. Lawrence, a social worker, kept the shirt hidden until her performance.

"I didn't get paid to sing the national anthem nor was this moment about any sort of fame," Lawrence wrote. "Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag, it's a rallying cry."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Heat players and coaches stood side by side for the anthem before their game with Philadelphia, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. The team plans to continue standing that way for the anthem this season as a show of unity.

"Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday in New York. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though he was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."

49ers promote RB to active roster ahead of game vs Bucs

49ers promote RB to active roster ahead of game vs Bucs

The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster to be eligible to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

The team waived defensive lineman Taylor Hart to make room for Harris on the 53-man roster. Hart, originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, was claimed by the 49ers off waivers on Sept. 5. He appeared in one game and recorded two tackles.

Running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a right shoulder injury. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn have served as the 49ers’ backup running backs through the first six games of the season.

Harris (5 foot 7, 206 pounds) has bounced between the 49ers’ 53-man roster and practice squad this season. He has yet to appear in a game. Last season, he played in two games, rushing for 140 yards on 27 carries. He also caught nine passes for 97 yards.

Draughn and Davis are the 49ers’ fourth- and fifth-leading rushers this season behind Hyde and quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Draughn has 55 yards rushing on 18 attempts, while Davis has 18 yards on 10 carries.