QBs Kaepernick, Carr join Smith at 49ers workouts

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QBs Kaepernick, Carr join Smith at 49ers workouts

May 28, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comAlex Smith finally has some quarterback company during the players-organized 49ers workouts in the South Bay.Rookie Colin Kaepernick and veteran David Carr joined Smith on the practice field this week during the 11th week of the owners-imposed NFL lockout. As for attribution, we'll cite the photo of the three quarterbacks that appeared in today's San Francisco Chronicle.RELATED: 49ers, free agent players work out in Bay Area
There is no evidence of the "preventative" surgical procedure that Kaepernick underwent shortly after the 49ers traded up to select him in the second round of the draft. Kaepernick wrote on Twitter that he moved to the Bay Area "for good" on Tuesday. We know Kaepernick will be competing for playing time when it's time to play football.We also know that Smith intends to re-sign with the 49ers after the lockout is lifted. It was coach Jim Harbaugh's "strong belief" that Smith will be back with the 49ers that prompted him to give Smith a copy of the 49ers' playbook when the lockout briefly lifted on April 29.Harbaugh has presented Smith with bouquets -- figuratively and literally. He has spoken very highly of Smith and expressed his desire for Smith to be back with the 49ers. Harbaugh also delivered flowers to the hospital when Smith's wife gave birth to the couple's first child.MAIOCCO: Smith proving 49ers' offseason leader
Carr's future with the 49ers, however, is uncertain. Carr was the No. 3 quarterback on the roster last season behind Alex Smith and Troy Smith, who started six games. The 49ers declined to present Troy Smith with a contract tender, a clear indication the club has no plan to retain him.And Harbaugh has not said a word about Carr since he was hired as 49ers coach in January. When asked about Carr, Harbaugh has essentially declined comment. Carr is the only 49ers quarterback under contract. His cap value for 2011 season is scheduled to be 2.375 million.

Kaepernick's parents defend his anthem protests: 'Very proud of our son'

Kaepernick's parents defend his anthem protests: 'Very proud of our son'

Colin Kaepernick began his silent National Anthem protests in late August.

For almost four months, his parents have remained quiet.

But after reports that Kaepernick did not have the support of his parents, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick reached out to ESPN's The Undefeated on Friday to set the record straight.

"Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs. As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others," the couple said in a statement to the publication.

Kaepernick's parents also commented on those you have called their son un-American or labeled his protests as anti-Military.

"Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country. He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe. The recent remarks (attacks) by Admiral Harris supported by the Pentagon are over the top, and we feel the desire to make a public statement in support of our son," The Kaepernicks said in their statement.

They concluded their statement by discussing the reaction the family received due to Kaepernick's protest, including detailing the hate mail that has been sent to them.

"When Colin first 'took a knee', his family was as surprised as anyone. We did not understand why he was doing this and were overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate. Colin not only received terrible racist tweets, but also received letters directly to our home similar to that recently received by [Denver Broncos linebacker] Brandon Marshall. We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there! Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is. Prayer and talks with our son gave us a much better understanding of the reason for his protest and how we should view it."

The Undefeated's Martenzie Johnson also spoke to Teresa Kaepernick by phone on Friday and she threw her family's support behind her son.

"I just want to be on the record that we absolutely do support him," she said.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”