Elway 'surprised' 49ers, Broncos didn't strike Kaepernick deal


Elway 'surprised' 49ers, Broncos didn't strike Kaepernick deal

SANTA CLARA – Unable to reach a contract agreement with quarterback Colin Kaepernick over the past seven weeks that would have facilitated a trade, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway closed the door Thursday night on a possible deal with the 49ers.

The Broncos traded up five spots in a swap with the Seattle Seahawks to select Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch with the No. 26 overall selection.

Shortly thereafter, Elway said the Broncos are no longer interested in working out a deal to acquire Kaepernick.

“Yeah, we’re probably over with Kaepernick,” Elway told Denver’s media following the pick. “We’re thrilled to be able to get Paxton and have Mark (Sanchez) in here with his experience and the way he’s going to come in and compete for that job with Paxton and Trevor (Siemian).”

The 49ers granted Kaepernick’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, permission to seek a trade. But they were unable to reach an agreement with the Broncos, long considered Kaepernick’s most likely landing spot after Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent.

Elway told Peter King of The MMQB that he believed the Broncos would be able to work out a deal with Kaepernick's agents.

"With Colin, I thought we were really close," Elway said. "That one surprised me a little."

Now, it appears Kaepernick is going nowhere and he will compete with Blaine Gabbert for the 49ers’ starting job to enter the regular season.

“The media’s made a lot of speculation and things, but, I think since the combine, we’ve stated the same thing,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “The coaching staff is excited and we’re excited. We’ve got two guys that we feel – we’ve got four quarterbacks on the roster. They’re all going to get a chance to compete.”

The 49ers have nine remaining draft picks – their next selection is in the third round, No. 68 overall – and the 49ers did not rule out the possibility of drafting a quarterback.

“We’ll see,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “You’ve got another day (Friday) and another day on Saturday to see what’s available out there. I’ve said since Day 1, I’m extremely comfortable with those guys if that’s what we have going forward. I’m excited about it.”

Sources have told CSNBayArea.com that Kelly and Kaepernick have gotten along well in their short time together. Kaepernick is not cleared for football activity after undergoing surgeries on his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. Kaepernick has taken part in all the team meetings since the beginning of the 49ers’ offseason program on April 4.

Kaepernick was seen on the practice field Thursday shadowing the movements of the other quarterbacks during drills while Blaine Gabbert, Thad Lewis and Dylan Thompson handled the repetitions at quarterback.

“My conversations with Kap is that I understand that the NFL is a business and you have an agent and there’s things you take care of,” Kelly said. “The one thing I’ve told him and I think he can tell you has happened is that, ‘If you’re here on April 4th, and I really want you here on April 4th, we’re just going to coach the heck out of you.

“And he’s been outstanding since he’s been here on April 4th. He’s worked as hard as anybody on this team at his rehab. He’s been great in every single meeting we’ve had. He’s been at every single training session we’ve had. So I’ve got nothing but positive things to say about Kap, and I’m excited about him. I think he’s a heck of a football player.”

Kaepernick has a fully guaranteed base salary of $11.9 million this season. He is also on pace to earn a $400,000 workout bonus for taking part in at least 90 percent of the team’s voluntary offseason program. Kaepernick can make an additional $2 million in per-game roster bonuses during the regular season.

Kaepernick’s scheduled pay for the 2017 season jumps from a total of $14.3 million this year to $16.9 million. Kaepernick’s scheduled $14.5 million base pay for 2017 is guaranteed for injury only and becomes fully guaranteed if he remains on the 49ers’ roster on April 1, 2017.

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1. First round: Own pick, No. 7 overall
DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
2. First round: From Kansas City, No. 28 overall
OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford

3. Third round: Own pick, No. 68 overall

4. Fourth round: Compensatory, No. 133 overall
5. Fifth round:
Own pick, No. 142 overall
6. Fifth round:
From San Diego, No. 145 overall
7. Fifth round:
Compensatory, No. 174 overall
8. Sixth round:
From Denver, No. 207 overall
9. Sixth round:
Compensatory, No. 211 overall
10. Sixth round:
Compensatory, No. 213 overall
11. Seventh round: 
From Kansas City, No. 249 overall

--From Kansas City on the first day of the 2016 draft, 49ers acquired No. 28 and No. 249 in exchange for No. 37 (second round), No. 105 (fourth round) and No. 178 (sixth round)
--From San Diego, acquired in 2015 draft trade-back

--From Denver, acquired in trade for TE Vernon Davis
--This is the final year in which compensatory picks are not allowed to be traded

How Seahawks' Russell Wilson beat 49ers' pass rush with play-action


How Seahawks' Russell Wilson beat 49ers' pass rush with play-action

The 49ers got to Russell Wilson in Monday night's 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson was sacked a season-high five times at Levi's Stadium, posting his second-worst passer rating of 2019 (86.9) and a season-low 43.6 QBR. He also threw his second interception of the season and fumbled for the first time since Week 4. 

Yet Wilson did just enough to remain effective in spite of that pressure, showing why he is an MVP frontrunner when he led the Seahawks to their game-winning field-goal drive in overtime. Wilson also employed plenty of misdirection to keep the 49ers' dominant pass rush at bay, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. 

On the season, the 49ers have pressured QBs on 29.7 percent of dropbacks. That 17 percent pressure rate on play-action plays would be 30th-best in the NFL if extended over a full season, just behind the Cincinnati Bengals (17.1 percent) and just ahead of the Oakland Raiders (15.9 percent). 

For reference, those two teams have combined for five fewer sacks (30) than the 49ers have all season. 

Wilson's play-action success could give opposing teams something of a blueprint, and that could trip up the 49ers in their own division down the stretch. In addition to playing the Seahawks once more, the 49ers also will play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16 at Levi's. Rams coach Sean McVay loves using play-action, and the Rams were far more efficient last season on play-action passes than traditional ones. The Rams have taken a step back this season and the 49ers kept LA's offense in check in Week 6, but play-action remains a big part of the Rams' offense and the 49ers will have to be ready for it.

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It doesn't stop with the Seahawks and Rams. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is known for his play-action abilities, too, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers also have been better in play-action this season. The 49ers play Green Bay and Arizona in each of the next two weeks. 

San Francisco has a difficult slate of QBs remaining on its schedule, including ones who succeed where Wilson did Monday night. That's one additional area the 49ers will have to shore up down the stretch. 

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's 'bad night' surprised NBC Sports' Peter King

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's 'bad night' surprised NBC Sports' Peter King

Despite the 49ers not suffering their first loss until Week 10, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with his play in 2019.

He has done enough to lead his team to victories in all but one game this season, but the 49ers haven’t had to ask much of their signal-caller thanks to a dominant defense and a highly-potent running game.

His first chance to make a statement against a great team in prime time didn’t go as expected, as Garoppolo was just above a 50 percent completion percentage and had his worst QB rating (66.2) of the year in Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"At one point, I remember looking up at the TV, and I said, 'I cannot remember Jimmy Garoppolo playing with happy feet like this,'" King told Mike Florio and Chris Simms of Pro Football Talk. "Look, this is whatever, like his 18th NFL start, so we don't really know him yet, but that was a bad night for Jimmy Garoppolo and for 49ers fans who want to love him, who want to have faith in him."

The 49ers might have fallen in the team’s first true test of 2019, but there are plenty of worthy opponents on the horizon for San Francisco.

[RELATED: Why 49ers fans should be optimistic after loss to Seahawks]

After hosting the Cardinals in Week 11, San Francisco will take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a recently flexed matchup on "Sunday Night Football," followed up by trips to Baltimore and New Orleans in consecutive weeks.

So there will be ample opportunity for Jimmy G and his squad to rebound in front of a prime-time audience.