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49ers sign defensive back to contract extension

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49ers sign defensive back to contract extension

The 49ers have locked up nickel back K’Waun Williams to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season, the club announced on Friday morning.

“Since joining us this offseason, K’Waun has displayed every trait and characteristic we want to see from our players,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

“He is a tremendous competitor on the field and a true professional in our building. K’Waun has continued to get better and better every day and we wanted to ensure he would be a part of what we are building moving forward. I am really excited for both him and our team.”

Williams' three-year extension is worth $10 million, $5 million of which is guaranteed, the NFL Network reported, citing a source. The deal also includes incentives.

Through three games, Williams has recorded 14 tackles and broken up two passes while primarily covering the slot receiver in the 49ers' nickel defense.

Williams, 26, was signed to a one-year contract in the offseason after spending time with 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley at the Cleveland Browns. Hafley said he considered Williams one of the top nickel backs in the NFL.

The Brown signed Williams as an undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh in 2014. Williams (5 foot 9, 183 pounds) played in 26 games in his first two seasons with 10 starts.

Williams fell out of favor in Cleveland due to a dispute about an ankle injury and his availability to practice. The Browns waived Williams before the start of the 2016 season. The Chicago Bears claimed Williams off waivers but he failed a physical. Williams did not see action last season due to bone spurs in his ankle.

Williams signed a one-year, $690,000 contract with the 49ers that contained a $75,000 signing bonus. He can also make $250,000 in incentives. Terms of his new deal were not immediately known.

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.”