Source: Smith in middle of QB leverage battle


Source: Smith in middle of QB leverage battle

If quarterback Alex Smith signed the 49ers' three-year, 24 million offer from the 49ers a week ago, the 49ers would have their quarterback and Smith would have a job for the 2012 season.Now, the 49ers do not have a starting quarterback and Smith's NFL future is in limbo.An NFL source told on Sunday that Smith has nobody to blame but himself for presenting the 49ers with an opening to pursue free-agent Peyton Manning."It was in Smith's best interest to sign that deal a week, 10 days ago," said the source.Now, Smith finds himself in the middle of a leverage battle that involves the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. The Dolphins felt all along they would sign free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Now, they're getting nervous, the source said.MAIOCCO: Moving parts aplenty in 49ers' QB drama
Flynn is looking for the kind of contract Kevin Kolb signed a year ago with the Arizona Cardinals -- five years, 63 million with 21 million guaranteed. Neither the Seahawks nor Dolphins plan to commit that much money to Flynn, a four-year veteran with two career starts.
Flynn visited the Seahawks and Dolphins on back-to-back days, Friday and Saturday. Flynn could be the first domino to fall. Whichever team does not sign Flynn will then turn its attention to Smith.Smith is expected to visit the Seahawks this week, said another source, confirming a Sacramento Bee report.RELATED: Smith has visit lined up with SeahawksBut Smith is not expected to attract a contract from the Dolphins or Seahawks that is more lucrative than what the 49ers offered, the source said. Plus, the team that signs Smith is also likely to invest a high draft pick on a quarterback, the source said.Miami has the eighth overall pick, while the Seahawks are slated to select No. 12 overall.Whether the 49ers end up with Manning or Smith, the organization would not look to add a quarterback early in the draft. The 49ers traded up last year to select Colin Kaepernick with a second-round pick.The 49ers were not willing to offer Smith a lucrative contract with sizable guaranteed money because the team wants to keep the door open for Kaepernick to take over as the starter in the near future.The 49ers, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans are the remaining contenders to sign Manning.Manning has not informed the 49ers -- or the other teams -- about his time frame for making a decision, a source told Manning has acted unilaterally, the source said, and agent Tom Condon is not intimately involved in Manning's process. Condon also represents Smith.

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.