Report: Kaepernick requests permission to seek trade


Report: Kaepernick requests permission to seek trade

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INDIANAPOLIS – General manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly have expressed their desire to retain quarterback Colin Kaepernick the past two days at the NFL Scouting Combine.

But Kaepernick reportedly does not share their enthusiasm to see his union with the 49ers continue.

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Kaepernick’s agents have requested permission from the 49ers to seek a trade, NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reported on Thursday. Kaepernick is represented by Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein of XAM Sports.

Smith and Bernstein negotiated Kaepernick’s $115 million contract extension he signed in June 2014. Kaepernick is scheduled to make $11.9 million in base salary this season – a figure that becomes fully guaranteed if he remains on the 49ers’ roster on April 1.

Smith, Bernstein and 49ers executives were not immediately available for comment.

That news of Kaepernick’s trade request comes just hours after Kelly told reporters who cover the 49ers that it was his belief that Kaepernick wanted to remain with the 49ers.

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“He wants to be here,” said Kelly, who met with 49ers beat reporters for an hour Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s never expressed to me that he doesn’t want to be here. He expressed to me that he was excited about getting healthy and getting going. And we’re excited about him getting healthy and getting going.”

Kaepernick is currently rehabbing in Vail, Colorado, after undergoing surgeries on his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee.

On Wednesday, Baalke was asked if he envisioned Kaepernick on the 49ers this season. His answer: “Absolutely.”

But in an earlier session with Bay Area reporters, when Baalke was pressed about Kaepernick remaining on the team and not being traded, he did not rule out any conclusion.

“Bottom line, all of these guys under contract are under contract and the expectation is to move forward with them,” Baalke said. “I can’t predict tomorrow with anybody. The expectation is he’s on our roster. I’ve stated that multiple times.”

Source: 49ers scheduled to meet with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa


Source: 49ers scheduled to meet with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 49ers’ traveling party that includes general manager John Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters has moved on to Ohio State.

Lynch and Peters attended Alabama’s pro day on Tuesday and met with potential No. 2 overall pick Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle.

On Wednesday, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with another possibility for the second overall selection, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, according to a source.

The 49ers and Bosa are scheduled to have dinner, reports Albert Breer of the MMQB.

Bosa is not scheduled to work out on Wednesday. The plan all along was to test well enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that any re-dos were not necessary. Bosa's marks ranked favorably against his brother Joey, the No. 3 overall pick in three years ago.

Nick Bosa is completely healthy after his final season at Ohio State was cut short due to a core muscle injury.

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Among the other top draft prospects at Ohio State are quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, and offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince.

49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues


49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

The 49ers named Dustin Little head athletic trainer Tuesday, locking in one of the final pieces of their new strength and conditioning and athletic training structure. 

After 17 players spent time on injured reserve during the 2018 season and 24 players the season prior, the 49ers sought change. The team fired longtime head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and head of strength and conditioning Ray Wright. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both identified streamlining the two programs as an offseason priority. 

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” Shanahan said after the season ended. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

“We consulted with some other teams,” Lynch said a few months ago. “Organizations in some other sports, looking for the right answers, and trying to put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. We’re just trying to get that deal right."

Hiring Ben Peterson as the head of player health and performance several weeks ago was the first step of that process. Peterson and Little will work together closely, as the 49ers model their structure after the NHL and NBA. 

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“We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group,” Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. 

“Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard.”

Little comes to Santa Clara after spending more than five years in Denver in a variety of roles, including as an assistant athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation.