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49ers' Richard Sherman: Drew Brees 'beyond lost' on kneeling comments

49ers' Richard Sherman: Drew Brees 'beyond lost' on kneeling comments

Richard Sherman joined a large group of NFL players angered and saddened by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees saying he still believes kneeling during the national anthem is "disrespecting the flag" on Wednesday. 

The 49ers star cornerback called Brees "beyond lost" and made it clear the peaceful protest never had anything to do with going against the military. 

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America, or our country," Brees said to Yahoo! Finance. "Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played or when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers who fought for this country during World War II. One in the Army and one in the Marine corps both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. 

"So every time I stand with my hand over my heart, looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that's what I think about. And in many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all those who have sacrificed -- not just those in the military, but for that matter, those fought in the '60s and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. 

"Is everything right with our country right now? No, it's not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart is it shows unity. It shows we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution."

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Sherman recently spoke to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer about the importance of white quarterbacks speaking up right now regarding racism and police brutality in America after George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis, was killed last week in police custody. 

“I’m impressed with the white QBs speaking up because those are voices that carry different weight than the black voices for some people,” Sherman said to Breer. “Which means the people who refuse to listen to a black athlete’s perspective will hear the same thing said from a white athlete, but receive the message much differently. So it’s awesome that more people are speaking out, because in sports, you really have a love and appreciation for your fellow man, regardless of race.

“And I think that’s what makes sports and teams so special, because a lot of the stereotypes are torn down. You really get to know one another, not judge based off nonsense.”

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Colin Kaepernick became the first athlete to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial and social injustices in the 2016 season when the quarterback still was a member of the 49ers. Kaepernick first sat on the bench during his protest, but after speaking with Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who spent time with the Seattle Seahawks as a long snapper, the two agreed kneeling would be more productive.

Boyer supported Kaepernick's decision and stood by him while Kaepernick kneeled before a game in San Diego.

Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team since opting out of his 49ers contract ahead of the 2017 offseason, and general manager John Lynch also said in May 2017 the 49ers told the six-year NFL veteran they would release him if he didn't opt out of his contract.

49ers sign Dion Jordan to one-year contract for added D-line depth

49ers sign Dion Jordan to one-year contract for added D-line depth

The 49ers are adding a former top NFL draft pick to their defensive line.

Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, has signed a one-year contract with the 49ers, the team announced Friday.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the 49ers were expected to sign the defensive end.

The 49ers hosted Jordan on Tuesday, and clearly liked what they saw. Jordan, 30, recorded two sacks last season in seven games with the Raiders.

Jordan hasn't lived up to his draft status since the Miami Dolphins selected him in 2013. The former Oregon Duck also has dealt with a long list of off-field issues. 

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He was reinstated by the NFL last November after serving a 10-game suspension for Adderall. He also missed the entire 2015 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and has been suspended several other times as well. 

Between the Dolphins, Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, Jordan has 10.5 career sacks over 50 games.

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The 49ers' defensive line is a strength, but their pass rush on the outside actually is thin. Nick Bosa is a star, and the same goes for Dee Ford when healthy. Arik Armstead plays defensive end in base situations, though he is more effective working inside as a nickel pass-rusher. And then there's Ronald Blair, who is working back from a torn ACL.

Aside from that group, the 49ers could use some help on the outside. Jordan always has been skilled, and should be worth a gamble for the reigning NFC champions.

Kyle Shanahan glad John Lynch has to work out George Kittle's contract

Kyle Shanahan glad John Lynch has to work out George Kittle's contract

George Kittle's contract negotiation will continue to be the talk of 49ers training camp until the star tight end puts pen to paper.

The 49ers and Kittle reportedly still are far apart in negotiations as Kittle looks to secure a payday that sees him get paid as a top-pass catcher and not just a tight end.

As negotiations continue, coach Kyle Shanahan is happy to have Kittle at camp and is glad it's general manager John Lynch's job to work out the contract.

"That's why we're doing everything we can to make sure he's here for a long time," Shanahan said Thursday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks." "Lots of stuff to talk through with that. Stuff that I am very glad I don't get paid to do. I'm very glad I can sit here and talk mainly football, and enjoy that stuff with George. That's been great with him because he's been great in the walk-throughs, great in the meetings.

"I know right now, as we speak, every day, I know John's upstairs working his butt off talking to Kittle's agent, and those two are trying to work it out."

Kittle is entering the final year of a four-year contract he signed as a fifth-round draft pick in 2017. Kittle is set to make $2.133 million this season.

Since 2017, Kittle has emerged as the top tight end in football. He's not only a dominant force in the passing game but also is a key piece of the 49ers' rushing attack as one of the best blockers in the NFL. Kittle is the only tight end in 49ers history to record a 1,000-yard season and he set the NFL's single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2018 with 1,377. He followed that up with 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season.

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While negotiations haven't yielded anything yet, Shanahan has a good feeling everything will get done.

“We don’t have to say how important George is to us,” Shanahan said. “Not only being the best tight end, to me, in the league but also the type of person he is. We’re doing everything we can to get that done. I do feel good about it. It was great to see George today for the first time.

“It was great to see George again today. No one’s changed, and I feel really good about this going forward and I’m optimistic about it. Hopefully, something will happen sooner than later. I’m not too concerned about it, though."

The 49ers will pay Kittle, of that there is little doubt.

The only question remaining is: How much will the best tight in football settle for?

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