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Cardinals coach sticking with Josh Rosen despite Kyler Murray rumors

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Cardinals coach sticking with Josh Rosen despite Kyler Murray rumors

Kyler Murray is a football player in all the ways one would be a football player.

The two-sport athlete posted on his Twitter account that he is "firmly and fully committing his life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback."

With his future leaning toward the gridiron, what are his chances of being the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft? 

Well, they appear to be slim.

Very slim.

Almost non-existent. 

Just one day after rumors swirled when Murray's football agent was revealed to be the same as Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, the newly-hired coach clarified his quarterback situation will not change despite having an affinity for Murray.

"Our feelings toward Josh haven't waned or changed or anything," Kingsbury told ESPN in an interview. "I get we have the first pick (in the upcoming NFL draft) and so there's going to be a million scenarios over the next three months that are going to come up, but no, Josh is our guy."

Kingsbury once complimented Murray in an interview saying he would have him as his first pick if he could:

In that same ESPN interview, Kingsbury continued to compliment Murray, but wanted to clarify his previous words:

"Kyler is a tremendous player," he said. "And I said that as being very complimentary before we played an opponent. I understand the sound bite but, like I said, there'll be a ton of scenarios that will come up before we get to the draft."

[RELATED: Kingsbury won't trade Rosen to draft Kyler]

The Arizona Cardinals' Twitter account made sure to double down on the situation as well:

The 49ers, meanwhile, own that No. 2 pick. But while Jimmy Garoppolo is holding down QB responsibilities, this still affects the Niners, though.

Now that the Cardinals aren't likely to draft Murray No. 1, there's a greater chance they select Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa, who's considered the best player in the draft. Bosa would be a dream scenario for the 49ers, who desperately need someone to rush the quarterback.

So don't have too much fun with that speculation, fam. The chances of Nick Bosa in Red and Gold just took a hit.

George Kittle scared Seahawks into Jamal Adams trade, Ian Williams says

George Kittle scared Seahawks into Jamal Adams trade, Ian Williams says

George Kittle's contract extension was on the 49ers' mind all offseason and much of training camp, until the All-Pro tight end officially put pen to paper.

The 49ers' biggest rival thought a lot about it, too.

The Seattle Seahawks traded a fortune -- specifically, two first-round picks (2021 and 2022), a 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald -- to acquire All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. Seahawks general manager John Schneider admitted Kittle's presence was a factor in Seattle acquiring Adams, and NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Ian Williams believes that's one of the truest testaments to Kittle's greatness.

"You made Seattle sell their souls for the next couple years, and their future picks in the first round, to the Jets for Jamal Adams," Williams said, addressing Kittle in a digital video for NBC Sports Bay Area. "Very good player, but that player was brought in to be versatile, help the defense do more things that they couldn't do last year and, uh, cover you. Yeah, you're forcing teams to do what they don't want to do."

Kittle set the NFL's single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2017 (1,377) and his two seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards are the only ones by a tight end in franchise history. The Seahawks are hoping Adams can be their long-term answer to Kittle, but they need to sign him first.

Just as Kittle was entering this season, Adams is eligible to sign a contract extension. Seattle will have Adams under contract through 2021 because New York already exercised his fifth-year option, and the Seahawks reportedly are content waiting to sign him. Adams reportedly wants to be the NFL's highest-paid safety.

[RELATED: Kittle channels Ric Flair to celebrate his new 49ers contract]

Time will tell if Adams remains in the Pacific Northwest, and if his presence is enough to neutralize Kittle in future 49ers-Seahawks matchups.

Kittle undoubtedly forced Seattle's hand this summer, and that's enough to give the tight end the upper hand in Williams' eyes.

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The Rock congratulates 49ers' George Kittle on his contract extension

The Rock congratulates 49ers' George Kittle on his contract extension

49ers fans everywhere are pumped that George Kittle officially signed his five-year contract extension to stay in San Francisco on Friday.

But one fan is a little more jacked up for Kittle.

That's right. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson congratulated the All-Pro tight end on his new deal.

Kittle was equally stoked to get the message from The Rock.

Kittle, a huge WWE fan, has formed a close bond with The Rock over the last year. When the 49ers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 last season, Kittle channeled The Rock with a postgame speech. A day later, the wrestling icon tweeted at Kittle, blowing the tight end's mind.

[RELATED: Kittle channels Ric Flair to celebrate extension]

Ever since then, The Rock has been cheering on Kittle and the 49ers, and they even met before Super Bowl LIV.

During a recent interview with ESPN, Kittle spoke about meeting The Rock.

"I felt like a little kid meeting a superhero," Kittle said to ESPN's Tory Zawacki Roy. "That was one of the coolest things about the whole Super Bowl. I took his one bottle of tequila that he had. It was delicious."

Fans likely won't be allowed in NFL games during the 2020 season, but it's a safe bet that The Rock will be watching Kittle play and rooting for him on Twitter.

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