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49ers scorecard: Smith returns, lineman gets away

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49ers scorecard: Smith returns, lineman gets away

Quarterback Alex Smith officially re-signed with the 49ers on Wednesday, and a lineman who could've been blocking for him decided to go elsewhere.Guard Geoff Schwartz, who visited the 49ers on Tuesday, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, he announced on Twitter. The 49ers were eyeing Schwartz as a possible replacement for Adam Snyder, who signed last week with the Arizona Cardinals.REWIND: 49ers look at O-lineman Davis, Schwartz
Schwartz started all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers in 2010 before spending last season on injured reserve with a hip injury. The Panthers did not tender Schwartz as a restricted free agent.
Meanwhile, the 49ers have just officially announced the signing of receiver Mario Manningham to a two-year contract.NEWS: Manningham: 'I wanted to go to the 49ers'
The only official move the 49ers announced Wednesday was Smith's signing.Smith signed a three-year contract that averages 8 million annually and includes 9 million in full guarantees, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. If Smith achieves all of his incentives over the course of three seasons, the deal's annual average would max out at 11 million.49ERS FREE AGENCY
Additions
--WR Mario Manningham (UFA, Giants): 2 yrsterms unknown.
--WR Randy Moss (UFA, Titans, 2010): 1 yr1.75 million, roster bonus up to 750,000, 1.5 million in incentives, no signing bonus. 2012 cap: 1.75 million.
--RB Rock Cartwright (UFA, Raiders): 1 yr950,000, 25,000 signing bonus. 2012 cap: 950,000.
--CB Perrish Cox (UFA, cut by Broncos): 2 yrs1.02 million. 2012 cap: 465,000.
--LS Brian Pontbriand (UFA, cut by Browns): 1 yr826,000; 2012 cap: 826,000.Re-signings
--QB Alex Smith (UFA): 3 yrs24 million, 9 million guaranteed.
--CB Carlos Rogers (UFA): 4 yrs29.3 million, 5 million signing bonus; 2012 cap: 5.5 million.
--LB Ahmad Brooks (UFA): 6 yrs37 million, 7.5 million signing bonus; 2012 cap: 2.85 million.
--DB C.J. Spillman (RFA): 3 yrs4.2 million, 925,000 signing bonus; 2012 cap: 1.08 million.
--LB Tavares Gooden (UFA): 1 yr700,000. 2012 cap: 540,000.
--CB Tramaine Brock (EFA): 1 yr540,000. 2012 cap: 540,000.
--DT Will Tukuafu (EFA): 2 yrs1.02 million; 2012 cap: 465,000.Franchise player
--S Dashon Goldson (UFA): 1 yr6.212 million (guaranteed when signed); 2012 cap: 6.212 million.Restricted tender
--LB Larry Grant (original round tender): 1 yr1.26 million, not signed.Subtractions
--OL Adam Snyder (UFA, Cardinals): 5 yrs17.5 million, 5 million signing bonus.
--WR Joshua Morgan (UFA, Redskins): 2 yrs11.5 million, 5.5 million signing bonus.
--CB Shawntae Spencer (released, Raiders): The 49ers saved 3.3 million.
--LB Blake Costanzo (UFA, Bears): 2 yrs1.865 million, 400,000 signing bonus.Unsigned free agents
--WR Ted Ginn (visits: Detroit, Baltimore, Minnesota).
--RG Chilo Rachal
--S Reggie Smith
--FB Moran Norris
--TE Justin Peelle
--S Madieu Williams
--WR Brett Swain (not tendered RFA)Free agent visits
--QB Peyton Manning (UFA, cut by Colts) March 13, Durham, N.C.: Signed with Broncos.
--G Geoff Schwartz (non-tendered RFA, Panthers) March 20: Signed with Vikings.
--WR Chaz Schilens (UFA, Raiders) March 13: Signed with Jets.
--WR Brandon Lloyd (UFA, Rams) March 14: Signed with Patriots.
--G Leonard Davis (UFA, Lions) March 14: Unsigned.Note: All contract figures obtained by CSNBayArea.com through league sources.

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns. 

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.