49ers' Armstead expects to be ready for start of 2016 season


49ers' Armstead expects to be ready for start of 2016 season

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who has not suited up for an exhibition game this summer due to a shoulder injury, believes he will be ready for the 49ers’ regular-season opener.

Armstead declined to discuss the specifics of the injury – other than to say it’s not a bruise. But he did say there remains the possibility the injury could require surgery in the future.

“It may. It just depends,” said Armstead, whose left shoulder was wrapped in ice. “I feel good right now. Just keep my maintenance up with it. I’ll be fine.

“I’m not worried. I think I’ll be fine, just stay on top of it and keep my maintenance up.”

Armstead, the 49ers’ first-round draft pick of last year, was lining up with the 49ers’ first-team defense before he sustained the shoulder injury during practice on Aug. 7. He is not expected to suit up for the 49ers' preseason finale Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers.

Earl Thomas issues contract ultimatum to Seahawks


Earl Thomas issues contract ultimatum to Seahawks

On the same day 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was quoted in The MMQB saying his former team "lost their way," the turmoil in Seattle continued with another defensive back. 

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas issued his team an ultimatum via his Instagram account. 

"Extend... if you don't want me let's make a trade happen," wrote Thomas in the caption of his post. 

The 29-year-old is entering the final year of a four-year extension he signed in 2014, worth just over $25.7 million in guaranteed money. Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs made Eric Berry the NFL's highest-paid safety afer he signed a six-year deal worth $40 million guaranteed.

If Thomas is still in a Seahawks uniform by then, he will first play against Sherman and the 49ers on Dec. 2. 

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

In case you didn't have cell phone reception over the weekend and missed it, Jerry Rice made it official ...

"I'm the f***ing best football player of all time," Rice declared while in Tahoe for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

In football, we typically separate the "best ever" by position group because it's hard to determine the best player overall. So, it's basically unanimous that Rice is the best wide receiver to ever play.

But what made him so special?

"The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at -- Jerry Rice is the best conditioned athlete I've ever seen," Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said Monday on Fox Sports 1. "He took training to whole another level. ... Jerry Rice wasn't fast on the clock, but he had game speed. I never saw anyone catch him.

"He was the No. 1 football player ever at catch and run. They didn't talk about yards after catch until Jerry Rice. The No. 1 focused and disciplined athlete that I've ever been around."

Rice holds NFL records in touchdowns (208), receiving yards (22,895) and receptions (1,549) -- to name a few ...