Lynch: There are things Shanahan likes about Kaepernick's game

Lynch: There are things Shanahan likes about Kaepernick's game

INDIANAPOLIS – When quarterback Colin Kaepernick met with 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan last week, the topic of the national anthem was not discussed.

“We didn’t talk about it,” Lynch said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I didn’t think that was important to the meeting we were having. We were having a meeting about, really, just getting to know each other. I felt like just being completely honest with each other. But that never got there in the conversation.”

As Kaepernick prepares to become a free agent by opting out of his contract, ESPN cited sources who said Kaepernick plans to stand for the national anthem in 2017. While protesting racial inequality in America, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem.

Kaepernick recently hired agents Jeff Nalley and Sean Kiernan to help him find a place of employment for his seventh NFL season. Lynch said he has not ruled out the possibility of Kaepernick returning to the 49ers.

When asked why he would not just tell Kaepernick that the 49ers are moving on without him, Lynch answered, “Because we’re not there yet. We don’t have any quarterbacks.”

Kaepernick had a solid statistical season while making 11 starts for the 49ers last season. He threw 16 touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer rating of 90.7. Kaepernick also rushed for 468 yards.

“In a general sense, I can tell you, there are things that Kyle likes about his game,” Lynch said. “It would be foolish to say, ‘Hey, we’re done with this.’ So I feel real good. We told him exactly where we’re at and part of where we’re at is we’re not closing the door on that situation.

“He’s going to choose to do what he’s going to choose to do, but let’s not close the door on this. That’s the reality.”

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.