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49ers kneel in Arizona, urge citizens to 'come together for the good of all'

49ers kneel in Arizona, urge citizens to 'come together for the good of all'

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The 49ers showed a display of unity prior to playing the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and urged others to follow their example.

The 49ers players, coaches and staff formed two lines along the team's sideline at University of Phoenix Stadium. Approximately 30 players took a knee during the playing of the national anthem, while the remaining members of the sideline staff stood behind them while saluting the flag.

It was the 49ers’ first game since President Trump, in a Sept. 23 speech in Alabama, advised NFL owners to get rid of any player who kneels during the national anthem.

Safety Eric Reid, who is inactive for the game due to a knee injury, took a knee to protest social inequality, during the playing of the national anthem. Reid took a knee, along with Colin Kaepernick, before every game last season.

Reid said during the offseason he would not continue the silent protest this season. But Reid changed his mind after the events last month in Charlottesville, Virginia. Groups described as Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists converged on Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue honoring Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general in the Civil War who led battle against the United States.

Reid took a knee to protest social injustices for the final two exhibition games and the first four games of the regular season.

The 49ers, in a statement released before the game, asked for all people to put differences aside and work to solve country’s issues. 

The players, coaches, ownership and staff of the 49ers released the following statement:
“At its purest level, football is a unifier of people from all walks of life, different socio-economic backgrounds, every corner of this country and around the world. As players, coaches, ownership and staff, we are privileged to work in an environment that is a tremendous example of how people can come together for a common goal. We not only put our differences aside, but we also use them to achieve that common goal by challenging each other to be better -- both in our professional and personal lives.

“For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society. While some may not have taken a knee or raised a fist, we have all shared the desire to influence positive change. Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same. Our demonstration is simply a representation of how we hope our country can also come together by putting differences aside and solving its problems.

“As the majority of us have done throughout our careers, we use our platform as members of a NFL team, and our right to freedom of expression, to speak up for those whose voice is not heard. It is important that we continue to emphasize that despite our different backgrounds and beliefs, we still love each other and are truly a brotherhood. Our gesture today was an intentional effort to demonstrate that. Make no mistake, we love this great country and have tremendous respect for our military and veterans who have sacrificed so much for our right to express ourselves freely. We passionately want what is best for this country and all its citizens.

“On behalf of the San Francisco 49ers organization, we urge our fellow citizens to embrace your differences, find strength in them, and come together for the good of all.”

Foles frenzy: Eagles fly over Vikings to meet Patriots in Super Bowl LII

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Foles frenzy: Eagles fly over Vikings to meet Patriots in Super Bowl LII

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Nick Foles and the Eagles dominated the Vikings up and down the field Sunday in Philadelphia to set up a Super Bowl XXXIX rematch.

Philadelphia defeated Minnesota 38-7 in front of a wild home crowd. And backup quarterback Nick Foles couldn't be contained. 

Foles finished the day 26-for-33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Eagles and Patriots will square off for the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 4 in Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

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.”