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49ers ship S Jones to Panthers for draft pick

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49ers ship S Jones to Panthers for draft pick

The 49ers trimmed one bubble player off their roster Friday, trading 2011 draft pick Colin Jones to the Carolina Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick, a source confirmed.Scout.com was the first to report the trade.Jones was special-teams performer who saw action in 13 games last season. The 49ers selected him in the sixth round.The 49ers now have 12 draft picks in 2013 with the club expected to pick up another two compensatory picks due to net losses in free agency this offseason.The 49ers have apparently parted ways with another special-teams player, as veteran Rock Cartwright sent out the following tweet:Wanna thank the 49ers for the opportunity.. Rock Cartwright (@Rockgotti25) August 31, 2012Cartwright received a 25,000 signing bonus to come to the 49ers after spending the past two seasons with the Raiders.

The 49ers decision to release Cartwright is another indication that Anthony Dixon has a spot on the 49ers 53-man roster. Dixon was the 49ers leading rushing in the exhibition season with 171 yards on 42 rushing attempts. Dixon is also considered one of the 49ers core special teams player, coach Jim Harbaugh said this week.

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.”