Smith no longer controls own fate with 49ers


Smith no longer controls own fate with 49ers

There was already an intriguing Alex Smith tie-in to Peyton Manning before ESPN reported Friday morning that the 49ers this week inserted themselves into the competition.And we're not talking about agent Tom Condon representing both men, either. This scenario involves Matt Hasselbeck.There appear to be three teams who remain serious contenders to sign Manning: Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and the late-arriving 49ers.Coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman traveled across the country to visit with Manning and watch him throw the football. And the 49ers also medically checked out Manning, who underwent four neck procedures including a spinal fusion surgery.A week ago, the word out of the 49ers, as reported by, was that there was a contract offer on the table for Smith and the club was not interested in Manning. And Harbaugh has stated repeated that Alex Smith was "our guy."RELATED: Report -- Harbaugh worked out Peyton Manning
Smith did not seem too concerned at a fundraiser for Kurt Warner's foundation over the weekend in Tempe, Ariz., when he said, "It will get done."Even on Thursday -- two days after the reported Manning-49ers throwing session -- the word from 49ers brass was that the Smith deal would happen.Now, it's quite apparent that Smith does not control his own fate with the 49ers.Obviously, if the 49ers were to sign Manning, Smith would be out the door. And, now, we have to wonder how things will shake out if Manning signs with the Tennessee Titans, too.
Why?A year ago, the 49ers went after Hasselbeck, who decided to sign with the Titans, instead. Hasselbeck shares the same agent, David Dunn, as Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke. Hasselbeck later said he almost signed with the 49ers.There was a point last year when Harbaugh was asked if he thought about bringing in another quarterback to compete with Smith for the starting job."Well, we did think about it before, and we thought we had a guy there in free agency," Harbaugh said. "And (it) didn't work out."There is some skepticism around the league whether the 49ers are really a strong candidate to sign Manning. But there is a lot of skepticism about Smith's future, too.
One NFL executive who is closely monitoring the situation told, "Alex Smith has no place to go."The Denver Post reported some numbers that the teams are working off -- and it's confirmed -- that the conversation is starting at five years, 90 million with 30 million guaranteed.With 18 million in cap space, that is not an issue for the 49ers. The issue is whether the 49ers really want to make a huge commitment to Manning, and whether Manning is sold on the idea of playing for the 49ers.According to one source, Manning does not necessarily want to re-create what he had in Indianapolis. He has asked questions about how things might be different with his new team. That includes the offense, the personnel and how practices are structured.So, conceivably, Harbaugh could be persuasive in showing Manning how he would fit perfectly into the same kind of scheme the 49ers designed for Alex Smith a year ago.There's been an offer on the table to Smith for some time. It's a deal, sources have said, that leaves the door open for Colin Kaepernick to take over as the starter in the future. CEO Jed York said Monday that the ball was in Smith's court.Now, with Harbaugh, Smith's biggest supporter, taking a cross-country flight to talk to Manning, it seems as if Smith has very little control of the matter.

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

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.

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.

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.