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49ers place original round tender on Grant

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49ers place original round tender on Grant

Any team that envisions inside linebacker Larry Grant as a starter must give up only a seventh-round draft pick as compensation to the 49ers to acquire the restricted free agent.
The 49ers have decided to place an original-round tender of approximately 1.26 million on Grant, a source told CSNBayArea.com. That move would appear to increase the chance of another team signing Grant to an offer sheet.
If Grant signs an offer sheet and the 49ers decline to match, the 49ers would receive a seventh-round draft pick as compensation. Grant, 27, entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2008.Teams can begin negotiating with Grant on Tuesday, 1 p.m. (PT), when the free-agent signing period begins.If Grant signs an offer sheet with another team, the 49ers would have the right of first refusal. But the club is not likely to match any offer that includes "starter's money." Grant may have proved in December that he is fully capable of being an effective starting inside linebacker, as he filled in admirable for four games when Patrick Willis was injured.RELATED: Larry Grant 2011 game logs
The 49ers' other option was to place a second-round tender of 1.92 million on Grant. But the 49ers decided it was too much to pay for a backup behind first-team All-Pros Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Grant earned 600,000 contract last season on a one-year contract. Bowman, a third-year pro, is scheduled to earn 490,000 this season.Originally, the 49ers released Grant after his first training camp with the club in 2008. The St. Louis Rams signed him off the 49ers practice squad. He played 34 games in three seasons, including eight starts in 2010, with St. Louis before returning to the 49ers last season.While playing four games in place of Willis in December, Grant recorded 29 tackles, two sacks, broke up five passes and forced a fumble. Willis sustained a hamstring injury early in the 49ers' Dec. 4 game against the Rams and sat out three additional games. Willis returned for the regular-season finale and both playoff games.Grant was also one of the 49ers' top special-teams players throughout the season with 10 tackles.CSN's Mindi Bach contributed to this report.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”