49ers extend Boone through 2015

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49ers extend Boone through 2015

SANTA CLARA -- Backup tackle Alex Boone recently agreed to a four-year contract extension, NFL.com first reported Thursday.Boone is the first known player the 49ers have signed to a new contract since the beginning of the season.A league source told CSNBayArea.com on Thursday that the 49ers have presented contract proposals to several other players but each has turned down the organization's offer.Among the players to whom the 49ers are believed to have offered new deals are outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, guard Adam Snyder, linebacker Larry Grant and special-teamer C.J. Spillman.Boone's contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but the 49ers could have easily retained him as an exclusive rights free agent.According to information obtained by CSNBayArea.com, Boone's deal includes four new years with nearly 7 million of new money, including 2.24 million guaranteed. He received a 1.7 million signing bonus when he signed the deal. The deal runs through the 2015 season.
Boone (6-8, 300) is making 450,000 this season. Next year, he is scheduled to make 540,000 in base pay. In 2013, Boone will earn 950,000 (540,000 of which is guaranteed) with up to 600,000 available in roster bonuses. In 2014, his base salary is 950,000 with 400,000 available in roster bonuses. And in the final year of his deal, Boone is scheduled to make 1.2 million in base salary with another 400,000 possible in roster bonuses. Boone can earn 50,000 in workout bonuses each season.
Boone originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He spent the entire 2009 on the 49ers' practice. Last year, he made the 49ers' 53-man roster and saw action in one game.This summer, Boone won the job as the 49ers' backup offensive tackle. He has played in every game.The deal was signed on Nov. 23. The 49ers on Thursday confirmed the media reports."We are very pleased with the progress that Alex has made since joining the team in 2009," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He really is a great example of what hard work, dedication and focus can do to further a young player's career. The 49ers are very happy for Alex and look forward to him capitalizing on this opportunity."49ers contract status
Signed through 2011
CB Tramaine Brock (EFA)
LB Ahmad Brooks
LB Blake Costanzo
WR Braylon Edwards
WR Ted Ginn
S Dashon Goldson
LB Tavares Gooden
LB Larry Grant (RFA)
WR Joshua Morgan
TE Justin Peelle
RG Chilo Rachal
CB Carlos Rogers
FB Moran Norris
QB Alex Smith
S Reggie Smith
OL Adam Snyder
DB C.J. Spillman (RFA)
WR Brett Swain
DT Will Tukuafu (EFA)
S Madieu WilliamsSigned through 2012
P Andy Lee
NT Ricky Jean Francois
DE Isaac Sopoaga
CB Shawntae Spencer
TE Delanie WalkerSigned through 2013
K David Akers
WR Dontavia Bogan (RFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman
CB Tarell Brown
TE Nate Byham
RB Anthony Dixon
DT Demarcus Dobbs (RFA)
C Jonathan Goodwin
LB Parys Haralson
DE Justin Smith
QB Scott Tolzien (RFA)
S Donte Whitner
DT Ian Williams (RFA)WR Kyle WilliamsSigned through 2014
RB Frank Gore
WR Michael Crabtree
CB Chris Culliver
OT Anthony Davis
CB Curtis Holcomb
RB Kendall Hunter
G Mike Iupati
LS Brian Jennings
DB Colin Jones
QB Colin Kaepernick
OL Daniel Kilgore
FB Bruce Miller
OL Mike Person
OLB Aldon SmithSigned through 2015
OT Alex Boone
TE Vernon Davis
DE Ray McDonaldSigned through 2016
LB Patrick WillisSigned through 2017
OT Joe StaleyAll players listed above are unrestricted free agents at expiration of their contract, except where otherwise noted.EFA (Exclusive rights free agent) -- Club owns rights to player, and player is not allowed to negotiate with other teams.
RFA (restricted free agent) -- Player can negotiate with other clubs, but original team owns right of first refusal and team would receive draft-pick compensation if it decides not to match offer.

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.”