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Roger Goodell: Team would sign Colin Kaepernick if they thought he'd help

Roger Goodell: Team would sign Colin Kaepernick if they thought he'd help

In the least shocking news of the day, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell danced around questions about why former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has remained unsigned since he opted out of his contract on March 3, 2017.

"I’ve said it many times privately, publicly that our clubs are the ones that make decisions on players that they want to have on their roster," Goodell told the media during his State of the League press conference in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Back in 2016, Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to protest the social injustices plaguing the country.

Following his departure from the 49ers, Kaepernick remained unsigned through the 2017 offseason. In October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league alleging that teams were punishing him for his peaceful protests.

Goodell was asked again about Kaepernick and put the onus on the teams.

"I think if a team decides that Colin Kaepernick or any other player can help their team win, that’s what they’ll do," Goodell said. "They want to win, and they make those decisions individually in best interest of their club."

So, apparently, a guy that led the 49ers to the Super Bowl can't help a team win, but Mark Sanchez was worthy of a contract with Washington.

Okay ...

Watch George Kittle pancake defender with big block on 49ers touchdown

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Watch George Kittle pancake defender with big block on 49ers touchdown

George Kittle can block.

Let us say it again: George Kittle can block. We're only repeating ourselves because some disagree.

There are yards per carry and rush success stats to back it up, but it's also obvious to anyone watching with the naked eye that the 49ers' star tight end is one of the best blockers in the business.

Not enough for you? Here's this during Sunday's matchup against the Falcons:

[RELATED: Kittle expected to resest TE contract market]

This pancake block assisted big time in Raheem Mostert's touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's 49ers-Falcons game at Levi's Stadium. And it also assisted in showing those who doubt.

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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

Odell Beckham Jr.'s first season with the Cleveland Browns has been a rocky roller coaster, to say the least. But the star receiver reportedly hasn't given up hope quite yet. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the three-time Pro Bowl receiver doesn't plan to request a trade this offseason, despite multiple rumors that he wants to find another new home. 

Entering Sunday, Beckham, who turned 27 years old in November, has 59 receptions for 844 yards and only two touchdowns. He's averaging a career-low 64.9 receiving yards per game this season, and his 4.5 receptions per game nearly are two fewer than his career-low. 

The 49ers pursued a trade for OBJ this past offseason, and Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Monday that Beckham coveted a move to the 49ers or Los Angeles Rams if he were to be traded by the New York Giants. 

[RELATED: Report: 49ers' Kittle in line to reset tight end contract market]

Beckham fits the bill as the perfect game-changing receiver the 49ers desperately want for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but it wouldn't be easy to acquire him. They first have to take care of their own situations with tight end George Kittle, as well as defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead

If Beckham doesn't request a trade, that makes the 49ers' slim chances of adding the star even smaller.