Source: Jimmie Ward, 49ers agree to three-year contract extension

Source: Jimmie Ward, 49ers agree to three-year contract extension

Safety Jimmie Ward is not going anywhere.

The 49ers on Monday night agreed to terms with safety Jimmie Ward on a three-year contract, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The deal is worth $28.5 million, the NFL Network reported.

The move prevents Ward from hitting the open market Wednesday afternoon as an unrestricted free agent.

The re-signing of Ward caps an active first day of the open negotiating period for the 49ers. The 49ers signed defensive lineman Arik Armstead to a five-year contract. Then, the 49ers traded defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2020 first-round draft pick.

Ward appeared in 16 games last season for the 49ers after missing the first three games of the season after surgery to repair a fractured finger. Ward started the team’s final 13 games of the regular season and all three playoff games.

With Ward and Armstead re-signing with the team, the 49ers’ top remaining free agent is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

[RELATED: Why 49ers traded Buckner, kept Armstead]

Ward, 28, a sixth-year veteran, was a first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2014. Ward landed on injured reserve four times -- with a fractures to his foot and shoulder blade and two forearm fractures -- in his first five season. Last season, he registered 65 tackles with a sack and eight passes broken up.

49ers' George Kittle supports Iowa players speaking out against coach

49ers' George Kittle supports Iowa players speaking out against coach

George Kittle is proud of his time as a Iowa Hawkeye.

But his former school is in the news for all the wrong reasons, as the team's strength and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle, was placed on administrative leave Saturday after several former black Iowa players shared stories in which they were mistreated by Doyle.

Kittle, who played at Iowa from 2013 to 2016, weighed in on the decision by Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, and offered his support to his former teammates.

"My heart aches for my Iowa teammates, my brothers, and my friends," Kittle wrote on Twitter. "I want them to know that I stand with them, support them, and applaud them for having the courage to speak up and start this difficult conversation."

Two of Kittle's former teammates, James Daniels and Emmanuel Rugamba, shared their encounters with Doyle on Twitter on Friday.

Daniels also shared stories from other former Iowa players that were sent to him. Other former Hawkeyes replied to Daniels with their stories.

[RELATED: Kittle signs jersey for Iowa coach]

According to ESPN, Doyle has been with Iowa for the last 21 years, and is the highest paid strength and conditioning coach in college football.

The issues at Iowa come to light as nationwide protests occur in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota nearly two weeks ago.

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Hue Jackson wanted Browns to sign Colin Kaepernick to contract in 2017

Hue Jackson wanted Browns to sign Colin Kaepernick to contract in 2017

Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in an NFL game since Jan. 1, 2017.

But if former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson had his way, the quarterback would have played during the 2017 season.

During an interview with ESPN Cleveland on Friday, Jackson was asked about Kaepernick, and revealed that he pushed for the Browns to sign the former 49ers quarterback.

“I wanted him,” Jackson said (H/T The News-Herald). “It just didn’t work out. Obviously, those things do have to work from a finance, draft, whatever all that is. And that wasn’t my decision."

Throughout the 2016 season, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustices plaguing the country.

Following the 2016 NFL season, the 49ers hired Kyle Shanahan as their coach and John Lynch as the general manager. They informed Kaepernick that they planned to release him, so he opted out of his contract.

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Despite his obvious talents, no team has signed Kaepernick since he became a free agent in 2017. He held a workout at an Atlanta area high school last year, but there were no suitors for his services following the showcase.

Jackson, who coached the Raiders in 2011, also mentioned that Oakland planned to draft Kaepernick in 2011 if the 49ers hadn't taken him in the second round.

“I’ve known Colin," Jackson said. "When I was with the Raiders (2011), we were going to draft him when I was there. So, obviously he’d been a really good player in the league. He had tremendous success."

With protests taking place nationwide over the last two weeks, Jackson believes Kaepernick's original message finally is being heard.

"He is a guy who has stood for something," Jackson said. "I think everybody is seeing exactly where he was coming from … I always thought Colin deserved an opportunity in this league, but he has to want to play. If he really wanted to play, I think he would have a chance again.”

[RELATED: Kap could help these five teams]

Whether or not the Browns were close to signing Kaepernick, he would have been an upgrade over what they had in-house at the time. The 2017 Cleveland team went 0-16 with DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler seeing time at quarterback. Kizer started 15 games and threw for 2,891 yards and 11 touchdowns, while being intercepted 22 times.

Despite going 1-10 as the 49ers starter in 2016, Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was intercepted just four times.

Would Kaepernick have made the 2017 Browns a playoff team? Probably not, but they most likely would have been better than 0-16.