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49ers QB C.J. Beathard's brother fatally stabbed, Nashville police say

49ers QB C.J. Beathard's brother fatally stabbed, Nashville police say

Tragedy struck the 49ers family early Saturday morning when the younger brother of quarterback C.J. Beathard was fatally stabbed outside a Nashville bar, according to police.

Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where they died, Nashville police announced in a statement. A third stabbing victim, a 21-year-old man, was treated and released.

Clayton Beathard was a junior quarterback this season at Long Island University. He is the younger brother of 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, the son of country music songwriter Casey Beathard and the grandson of NFL Hall of Fame executive Bobby Beathard.

The 49ers issued the following statement after learning the news:

“The 49ers family was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy involving C.J. Beathard’s younger brother, Clayton. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to C.J. and the entire Beathard family as they cope with the unthinkable loss of a loved one. C.J. has traveled home to join his family knowing he has the support of our entire organization as they grieve the passing of Clayton.”

The Beathard family issued the following statement to The Tennessean:

"It’s times like this I wish had Instagram and social media because the love and prayers have been so overwhelming. We cannot possibly thank you at the rate they come in texts and phone calls. Clay was an amazing, big and soft hearted human being with an undeniable love for the Lord. He had his family's, friends' and teammates' backs even to a fault. I wish he would have been more inclined to take the high road but he hated 'wrong.'

"Yes, he was stubborn sometimes but mostly because his beliefs were strong. He lived a full life except for the chance at being the incredible father I knew he would have been. He loved kids, underdogs and the less fortunate. His little sister was his world and his love and pride for his older brothers was off the charts. He will be missed. That is an understatement. Nobody's light shined like his when he smiled.

"That is what we will hold in our hearts because we know he is smiling now. He always worried about all of our welfare, never his own. I say that to say, to those who knew and loved him, please lean into the Lord’s strength, trust in the Lord and carry on. Carry him with you like a chip on your shoulder, like the one he carried. He loved people saying he could do something. That’s where he thrived mostly.

"He was never afraid of a challenge so please, all of you, take on the next challenge with faith in God and knowing Clay is smiling down and has your back. I love all of you and I love for the gift he was to us for a little while. I beg that your thoughts and prayers go out to the whoever committed this act but the Trapeni family also. Paul was Clay's teammate and friend at BGA who was also taken in the incident."

Nashville police reported that the fatal stabbings appear to have resulted from an argument over a woman that began inside Dogwood Bar. The argument "turned physical when the parties went outside,” police disclosed.

Midtown Hills Precinct detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a man in a surveillance photo. That man is being sought for questioning in the fatal stabbings, and anyone who recognizes him from the photo is asked to contact Nashville police's "Crime Stoppers" at 615-742-7463.

Joey Bosa predicts 49ers, brother Nick, beat record-setting contract

Joey Bosa predicts 49ers, brother Nick, beat record-setting contract

The Los Angeles Chargers backed up the Brinks truck to keep defensive end Joey Bosa in Southern California last week when they agreed to a five-year, $135 million extension with $102 million guaranteed.

That contract made Bosa the NFL's highest-paid defender, surpassing Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. The highest-paid player tag usually only lasts until the next star defender signs his contract. Bosa is going to relish his status but thinks the 49ers will have to break it to keep his younger brother, Nick, in the fold.

"It will probably be a short-lived record," Bosa said Monday on a conference call with Chargers reporters, via ESPN. "Which is great because I'm happy to just set the bar and maybe my brother in a few years will surpass me, I'm sure of that."

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There's no doubt Nick Bosa will be paid handsomely when the time for a new contract extension comes.

The 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year was an absolute force last season for the 49ers, recording nine sacks and 18 QB hits and 52 quarterback pressures.

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The NFL pattern dictates that Nick will reset the market when his time comes, topping his brother and any other premium defensive players who have since broken the bank.

The 49ers have a perilous cap situation to navigate over the next few years if they plan to keep their loaded roster intact. They currently are trying to negotiate a long-term extension for tight end George Kittle, but the talks appear to have hit a snag as the two sides try to determine how Kittle, who is one of the top pass-catching weapons in the NFL, should be compensated.

General manager John Lynch will have to pull off some cap gymnastics over the next couple of seasons to keep the band mainly together. Something he is confident he can do.

"Is it going to be a challenge? Absolutely," Lynch told 49ers reporters Monday when asked about the 49ers and their cap situation heading forward in the COVID-19 era. "For us, I think the biggest challenges -- we were set up with a really good roster, but we had set it up such that we really felt it was sustainable. I think it's still sustainable. We're going to have to get creative, though, and we've got to figure some things out."

After Kittle is taken care of the 49ers will turn their attention to retaining left tackle Trent Williams after this season, and then extending Nick Bosa, who they plan to anchor their defense for years to come.

Kyle Shanahan sees Jordan Reed as big 49ers contributor, if healthy

Kyle Shanahan sees Jordan Reed as big 49ers contributor, if healthy

Veteran tight end Jordan Reed seemingly is taking a huge risk with designs on a return to football after sustaining a seventh documented concussion a year ago.

But it is a risk that could pay off big for Reed and the 49ers this season, his first NFL coach said on Monday.

Kyle Shanahan was in his final season as Washington’s offensive coordinator during Reed’s first season after entering the league as a second-round draft pick. Now, Shanahan and Reed are back together after Reed agreed to a one-year contract on Monday.

“I know he hasn’t been on the field for a little bit. I know he’s very hungry to get back out there,” Shanahan said.

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy. And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here. And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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Reed, 30, has appeared in just 65 games over the past seven seasons with Washington. He has 329 career receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best season came in 2015, when he saw action in 14 games and caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He did not play last season after sustaining a concussion in a preseason game. The Washington Football Team released him in February.

“Everyone is aware of Jordan’s ability,” Shanahan said. “When he’s been healthy, he’s played at an extremely high level. And he’s been one of the first third-down tight ends in the league when he’s been healthy.”

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Shanahan said he typically likes to bring six tight ends to training camp. It was a little more difficult this summer because teams have to trim to 80 players instead of the usual 90-man limits. But the 49ers found a way to add Reed, who figures to join a competition to become George Kittle’s backup.

Reed will compete with Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and sixth-round draft pick Charlie Woerner for the backup job.

“It's well-documented that he’s had multiple concussions prior,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “So in situations like this, there’s a reason that a guy like Jordan Reed is out there, right? There is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”