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Carlos Hyde opens up on future with 49ers: 'I spoke to my agent...'

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Carlos Hyde opens up on future with 49ers: 'I spoke to my agent...'

SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde faces an uncertain future with a team that has not experienced a victory this season.

Yet, Hyde has a smile on his face.

He said as much with a post on Twitter this week, and that left open a lot of room for interpretation about his future -- and other things.

“I’m just happy,” Hyde said. “I’m in a good place, despite our record, I stay positive in times like this. It’s easy to be down and be sad, so I’d rather go in a direction to be positive.”

Hyde ranks third among NFL running backs with 40 catches for 268 yards. He is eighth in the league with 494 yards rushing on 124 rushing attempts. Hyde is under contract for only seven more games with the 49ers, and he has given his agent a directive to not cause a distraction.

“I spoke to my agent about it, but I told him I don’t want to talk about a contract extension or anything like that right now,” Hyde said. “I want to focus on getting our first win and finishing the season off. I told him once we get to that point, we can talk about it.”

Hyde appeared to ingratiate himself to 49ers general manager John Lynch on Sunday when he got ejected for his role in a fight with Arizona Cardinals defensive Frostee Rucker. The fight erupted after Arizona defensive back Antoine Bethea delivered a high hit on a sliding C.J. Beathard at the end of a scramble.

Lynch greeted Hyde near the sideline with an enthusiastic hand slap and yelled, “Good job!”

“I think he was more hyped about me sticking up for my quarterback, sticking up for my teammates,” said Hyde, whom the NFL fined for his actions. “Pretty much tired of the late hits on the quarterback and referees not doing anything about it. So I’m definitely tired of seeing it. Yeah, that’s what led to that.”

Marcus Allen calls T.O.'s decision to skip Hall of Fame ceremony 'mind-boggling'

Marcus Allen calls T.O.'s decision to skip Hall of Fame ceremony 'mind-boggling'

Former Raiders running back Marcus Allen knows a thing or two about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

August marks 15 years since his induction, which came six years after his retirement from the NFL. He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Monte Poole during The Happy Hour on Friday that the honor's meaning was "hard to put into words."

Consider Allen surprised, then, that soon-to-be-inducted Terrell Owens will skip the ceremony in Canton, OH on August 4. 

"It's mind-boggling to me because I think there is no greater platform in the football world than the Hall of Fame to really sort of say 'thank you' to all the people that have helped you get there," Allen said from the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe. 

"No man's an island. We didn't get there by ourselves," Allen continued. "My father [introduced me] and I wanted the world to know who supported me [along the way]."

Allen added that he thinks Owens will regret the decision in the long run. 

The former 49ers wide receiver will commemorate his induction on August 4 with a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 3:17 p.m. CT (1:17 p.m. PT), hours before the festivities in Canton. The Hall of Fame won't mention Owens at the ceremony, but will maill him his gold jacket that day.

Jerry Rice emphatically (and profanely) makes his case as the G.O.A.T

Jerry Rice emphatically (and profanely) makes his case as the G.O.A.T

Legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice has a case as good as anyone as the greatest football player of all time.

He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and a 10-time first-team All-Pro. He's the NFL career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208). 

But you don't need us to tell you. The former 49ers and Raiders wideout made the case for himself with some colorful language to Charles Barkley at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe. 

We couldn't have put it better ourselves.