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49ers key matchup No. 1: Davis vs. Wake

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49ers key matchup No. 1: Davis vs. Wake

This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Dolphins matchups to watch Sunday, 1 p.m. (CBS), at Candlestick Park.

49ers RT Anthony Davis vs. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake

Tale of the tape
Davis (76): 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, third season, Rutgers
Wake (91): 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, fourth season, Penn State

The St. Louis Rams last week were successful putting pressure on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and keeping him in the pocket.

The Rams devised a blueprint for the Miami Dolphins, and the rest of the teams on the 49ers' schedule, to follow: Keep Kaepernick contained and don't allow him the time to throw down the field.

It's a strategy Kaepernick expects to see until he and the 49ers' offense prove they can defeat it.

"Yeah, defenses are always going to try to scheme to stop you and do what they think is best," Kaepernick said. "That's something we're doing on offense, trying to scheme them up as well."

The Dolphins have a strong defensive front seven that is fully capable of pressuring Kaepernick while also making things difficult on 49ers running back Frank Gore to operate.

Kaepernick offers a unique challenge because of his ability to gain huge chunks of yards with his long strides, too. His 50-yard run late in the fourth quarter against the Rams was the longest run for a 49ers quarterback in club history. Steve Young had a famous 49-yard touchdown run, stumbling across the goal line, against the Minnesota Vikings in 1988.

Miami's best player is defensive end Cameron Wake, who has 10.5 sacks on the season. He is ranked as the top 4-3 defensive end in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus' rating system. Wake knows he must never lose track of Kaepernick.

"I'm always the spy," Wake said on a conference call with reporters who cover the 49ers. "Every play I'm the spy. That's my job title. Wherever the quarterback is, you've got to get there."

Although the Dolphins list Wake as the team's right defensive end, he actually has seen most of his action this season on the left side. That means he'll be matched mostly against 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis.

Davis is coming off one of his better games of the season, as he neutralized Rams defensive end Chris Long in the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss last week. Wake will be one of Davis' more difficult challenges of the season.

But, oddly, Wake's biggest test might come on plays in which he is not even blocked.

The 49ers are expected to activate rookie running back LaMichael James to work the zone read running plays with Kaepernick, whose job it is to decide whether to hand off to James of keep it himself. Kaepernick will read the defensive end to make that decision.

"There are plays that certain teams have schemed up to read the end to make sure he's wrong," Wake said. "If he's down the line, obviously, you're going to keep the ball and run around the edge. If you have a quarterback who can do something like that, that's going to hurt your defense. At the same time, if you're a defensive end and you're waiting on it, they hand the ball off and the running back is up inside and he's still running."

Wake said there will be times when he'll fake one action in hopes of tricking the quarterback into making the wrong read.

"That's the game inside the game," Wake said.

What it will take for 49ers to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal

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What it will take for 49ers to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal

The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo face two deadlines this offseason to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension.

The first deadline is March 6. That is the last day on which teams can apply the franchise tag for the 2018 season. If Garoppolo remains unsigned on March 6, the 49ers will tag him as their franchise player, which – in essence – locks him in to a one-year deal worth $23.3 million, former NFL agent Joel Corry estimates.

The second deadline is July 16. That is the deadline for any club that designates a franchise player to reach a multi-year deal. After that date, the player may sign only a one-year deal until after the club’s final regular-season game.

The 49ers and Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, have kept conversations and negotiations private. And that is the way the 49ers plan to conduct business this offseason.

“One thing that we really believe is that those things should take place between us and his representatives and not occur and transpire in the public,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “That’s the way we’re going to treat that. You have our assurances, and the fans do, that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time.”

Two seasons of one-year franchise tags would provide Garoppolo with approximately $51 million. (Garoppolo made $3.5 million total in his first four NFL seasons.)

Garoppolo could also decide to play a season on a one-year deal in hopes of increasing his value far beyond what he would be likely to warrant now – after just seven NFL starts in four seasons. Because if he establishes himself as a top quarterback next season with the 49ers, any deal he signed this offseason would be considered a bargain for the team.

“That’s the nature of the beast with the quarterback market,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “If you sign a long-term deal, today’s deal is outdated tomorrow.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is the highest-paid player in the NFL with a deal that averages $27 million a season. 

"He won’t be by the time the 2018 regular season rolls around," said Corry, whose work can be found at CBS Sports.

Corry points out that Stafford's agent, Tom Condon, also represents Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who is scheduled to enter the final year of his contract.

"That’s Ryan’s floor," Corry said of Stafford's contract. "(Green Bay's) Aaron Rodgers is probably going to get a new deal. He’ll trump everybody. And if (Kirk) Cousins signs a long-term deal, he’ll be above Stafford, as well.”

Corry said he expects Garoppolo to sign a contract similar to the five-year, $125 million deal the Raiders worked out with quarterback Derek Carr last offseason.

"I think it’s going to be something close to that Derek Carr neighborhood," Corry said. "Maybe a shade under, but I think it’ll be in that general vicinity.”

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.