Potential free-agent WRs -- who's going where?


Potential free-agent WRs -- who's going where?

The deadline for each NFL team to declare its franchise player is Monday, at which point the focus will sharpen on the free-agent options for the 49ers at wide receiver.The free-agent signing period begins eight days later on Tuesday, March 13, at 1 p.m.Here is a rundown of some of the top wide receivers who remain unsigned for the 2012 season:Joshua Morgan, 49ers: There was some buzz about Morgan at the combine. If the 49ers do not sign him before March 13, several teams are expected to be interested. Jacksonville could be one of those teams. Jerry Sullivan is the new Jaguars receivers coach. He coached Morgan during his first three seasons with the 49ers. A source close to Morgan told CSNBayArea.com that "nothing is cooking" right now toward a new deal with the 49ers, but that can change in a hurry. He continues to show up nearly every day at the 49ers' practice facility to work out and rehab from his season-ending leg injury. He is on pace to take part in offseason practices without any restrictions.Ted Ginn, 49ers: He took a 1.2 million pay cut to remain with the 49ers for the 2011 season. In return, the 49ers tore up the final year of his contract to make him a free agent in 2012. It would seem that Ginn would at least take advantage of the opportunity to test the free-agent market.Vincent Jackson, San Diego: Of the big-time potential free agents, he might be the most likely to reach the open market. He caught just 60 passes last season, but he averaged 18.4 yards per reception and scored nine TDs. The Washington Post reports the Redskins plan to add a high-profile receiver, so they could drive up the price.Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh: There are reports the Steelers will not place the franchise tag (9.4 million) on the restricted free agent. Instead, they'll slap him with a first-round tender (2.7 million). Any team interested in signing Wallace to an offer sheet must be prepared to fork over a first-round pick to the Steelers as compensation. The 49ers pick No. 30 overall, so that price does not seem exorbitant. However, the contract it will take to sign Wallace could get pricey. The Steelers are in bad shape on the salary cap. So if a team puts a high first-year cap figure into Wallace's deal, there's little chance the Steelers would be able to match.Marques Colston, New Orleans: The Saints have two other players who appear to be in line for the franchise tag ahead of Colston: quarterback Drew Brees and guard Carl Nicks. That means Colston will likely be on the open market when free agency begins. He turns 29 in June, and last season he caught 80 passes for 1,143 yards (14.3 average) with eight touchdowns.Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: With the Chiefs' recent signing of cornerback Stanford Routt, whom the Raiders released, it seems apparent Kansas City will not place the franchise tag on Brandon Carr. So Bowe is unlikely to hit the open market. The Chiefs are expected to franchise him.Wes Welker, New England: The Patriots are reportedly "likely" to use their franchise tag on him while the sides continue to work toward a long-term deal.Stevie Johnson, Buffalo: The Bills will not use their franchise tag on Johnson, the Buffalo News reports. Negotiations are ongoing, but at last report there was considerable distance between the sides. Johnson (6-2, 210) turns 26 in July. He caught 76 passes for 1,004 yards and seven TDs last season.DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia: There are multiple reports that the Eagles will use their franchise tag to restrict Jackson while also keeping their minds open to any trade possibilities. UPDATE: The Eagles announced Thursday that they had, in fact, made Jackson their franchie player.
Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis: He recently rejected a five-year contract offer from the Colts, ESPN reported. One report placed the dollar figure at 7 million annually. Reportedly, the Colts hope to re-sign Garcon or defensive end Robert Mathis and use the franchise tag on the other player.Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis: If Peyton Manning is able to play football in 2012, might he be teaming up again with Wayne? That would seem to make sense as the best place for Wayne, 33, who caught 75 passes for 960 yards last season without Manning.Mario Manningham, New York Giants: It looks as if he'll be hitting the open market. But Manningham disputes speculation that it's a slam dunk he'll be following former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he got hired as offensive coordinator.Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis: He's talking to the Rams about re-signing, but it's also logical that he'd follow Josh McDaniels to the New England Patriots.Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Jets: The 49ers made a run at him last season. While en route to the Bay Area, Burress agreed to sign with the Jets. The 49ers signed Braylon Edwards to a low-risk contract, instead. Burress caught 45 passes for 612 yards and eight TDs for the Jets.

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.