http://49ersnews.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:43:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Vernon Davis as Captain Torpedo http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/vernon-davis-captain-torpedo/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/vernon-davis-captain-torpedo/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:43:23 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8949 Vernon Davis stars as a superhero in Captain Torpedo...

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For those that are unaware, Vernon Davis is now a superhero. He goes by the name Captain Torpedo. Now I’m not sure if this is a real movie, a joke or what the hell it is, but today footage was leaked from the movie ‘Captain Torpedo’ and it appears Vernon’s weakness is seaweed.

It seems the people who put on the production do a lot of work with FunnyorDie. So let’s hope this is more funny and less die.

Enjoy…

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Ahmad Brooks Restructures Contract http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/ahmad-brooks-restructures-contract/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/ahmad-brooks-restructures-contract/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:10:38 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8946 Ahmad Brooks restructures contract to give the 49ers more cap space...

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News out of Ninerland is that linebacker Ahmad Brooks has restructured his contract, giving the 49ers an additional $2 million in cap space.

So this gives the 49ers more cap room, (word is around $7.9 million) which could be used for extensions for either Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati or Alex Boone.

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Vernon Davis Talks Upon Returning to Camp http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/vernon-davis-talks-returning-camp/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/vernon-davis-talks-returning-camp/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:24:10 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8942 Vernon Davis speaks to the media upon returning to training camp.

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One of the big questions this offseason was would Vernon Davis show up for training camp or would he hold out in hopes of a new contract. Wednesday was the first day for the veterans to report to camp and Vernon did show along with everyone else, but Alex Boone who is holding out.

The team did not make Vernon available for yesterday’s media session, but he was available on Thursday. Here is the transcript:

Vernon Davis was interviewed outside the 49ers’ locker room Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript:

Q: How is it being back?

Davis: It’s great. It’s great being back. I’m extremely excited to be here and working with the guys again.

Q: Was it an easy decision to come?

Davis: It was a very easy decision. All you have to do is think about the team, and that’s what I did. I thought about my teammates, especially some of the guys like Frank Gore, guys who are on the last end of their contract, guys who I love and would die for. There is nothing like being here. There is nothing like it. It’s great. It’s such a blessing to be able to go out here and practice with these guys and get better.

Q: What do you hope happens with you contract?

Davis: You know what, that’s in the past. I’m not really worried about the contract. That’s between the team and my agent.

Q: Have they given you any indication that they’re going to talk about the contract now that you’re in camp?

Davis: You know what, that’s not my focus right now. That’s between the team and my agent at the moment. My focus is out here, trying to get better.

Q: How did you stay in shape while you weren’t here?

Davis: Just training, just practicing, just giving my all like I try to do each and every offseason. Just staying on top of it. It’s a business – you have to take care of yourself and do the proper things that it takes to be good at your craft. That’s what I’ve pretty much been doing.

Q: Where did you train?

Davis: You know what, I go right over to my gym, D-1 Sports, and I train there. I put all the work in that I possibly can to get better each and every day.

Q: Do you think it was a mistake to miss training camp?

Davis: You know what, at the time, sometimes things happen. I can’t really speak for that moment because, as I said, right now I’m just focused on training camp and I’m just trying to get better. The only thing I can think about right now is being out here with these guys and getting better.

Q: Did the 49ers fine you for the time you missed?

Davis: I’m sure they did. Absolutely.

Q: $270,000?

Davis: Oooh yeah, absolutely.

Q: Was it worth it to you?

Davis: You know what, I just love playing football. I love playing football. Any time that I’m away from these guys, I’m hurting, I’m hurting. And it really hurt me to be away from this group because we have such a special group. We definitely have a playoff team and we definitely want to get back to where we left off.

Q: So why did you do it? Why did you hold out of OTAs and mini-camp?

Davis: You know what, the contract issue is up to my agent and the 49ers, like I said. Just like anything, everybody always wants a deal – every player in the league. It’s just the nature of the game.

Q: Do you regret the media tour you did, going on ESPN and making those comments?

Davis: I can’t really, I vaguely remember the things that I said. I can’t really remember at the moment.

Q: Now that you’re here, you’re in it to win it, though, right? Regardless of your contract situation.

Davis: I’m in it to win it. It’s all about the team. It’s all about winning games.

Q: What’s your take on the playbook and what they did to simplify it?

Davis: I think it’s great, some of the changes that they made. I can’t really get into it like I want to because that’s our business here. The playbook is tough, it’s challenging. But the key is staying on top of it during the offseason, when you’re not doing anything, when you’re just sitting around. Stay on top of it. That’s something I had the opportunity to do even though I wasn’t here. I stayed on top of the playbook because I knew that eventually I would be back here.

Q: Jim Harbaugh had some pretty pointed words during your holdout. Did he have a conversation with you specifically?

Davis: No, he didn’t, he didn’t. But you know, as a coach, you’re supposed to do the right, you’re supposed to say the right thing, you’re supposed to be all about your team. I have nothing against Harbaugh. He can say the worst things in the world about me, I don’t care. He’s my coach. I’m still going to love him regardless. I come here to do my job and that’s it.

Q: Are you happy?

Davis: I’m elated. Everyone is excited to be here. We look forward to the future. We’re optimistic about the whole entire season. We’re just trying to get from Point a to Point B. We can do that by going out here and putting it all together and keep getting better.

Q: What do you think of Alex Boone holding out?

DAVIS: I have nothing to do with Alex Boone. That’s between him, his agent and the team.

Q: Are there going to be enough balls to go around with all these new receivers?

Davis: I hope so. It’s going to be great. We’ve got Stevie Johnson, (Michael) Crabtree, we’ve got all of those guys. At the end of the day if I’m just blocking, that’s good, too. If they’re catching passes, that’s good for me as well.

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Joe Staley Signs 2-Year Extension http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/joe-staley-signs-2-year-extension/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/07/joe-staley-signs-2-year-extension/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:15:36 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8939 Joe Staley signs 2 year extension to stay with the 49ers through the 2019 season.

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The 49ers are reporting that they have signed left tackle Joe Staley to a two year extension, keeping him with the team through the 2019 season.

“In today’s NFL, it is rare for a player to play his entire career with one team,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “With this extension, Joe will likely be a 49er for life. He is a three-time All-Pro and core member of our football team. His commitment and professionalism have been great assets to our team and our community. This extension reflects our philosophy of investing in our core players.”

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Vernon Davis Discusses Holdout and More http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/vernon-davis-discusses-holdout/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/vernon-davis-discusses-holdout/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:25:46 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8935 Vernon Davis takes over for Peter King this week in MMQB and talks about his contract and more...

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Vernon Davis is filling in for Peter King this week and wrote an article for Monday Morning Quarterback and in it he talks about why he is holding out and more.

Why he is holding out

In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out. It’s all about getting paid what you deserve. It’s not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first. Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few don’t. Behind closed doors, they’ll say they’re all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. But when you look closer, they’re doing things to contradict themselves. I can’t listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me.

Vernon also talks about the NFC Championship game and who he feels is the best QB in the league not named Colin Kaepernick.

Read Vernon’s full article in MMQB…

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PSA: Dad Pants – Featuring Sarah and Jim Harbaugh http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/psa-dad-pants-featuring-sarah-jim-harbaugh/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/psa-dad-pants-featuring-sarah-jim-harbaugh/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:24:19 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8932 PSA from Dockers regarding Dad Pants, featuring Jim and Sarah Harbaugh.

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Sarah Harbaugh, wife of professional football coach Jim Harbaugh, joins Dockers® in the crusade to rid the world of ill-fitting pants.

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Breakdown of Kaepernick’s Contract http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/breakdown-kaepernicks-contract/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/breakdown-kaepernicks-contract/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:17:16 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8927 The details of Kaepernick's contract have been released and from the looks of it, the 49ers got themselves a good deal...

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As everyone knows by now Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers agreed to a 6-year extension worth $126 million with $61 million of that guaranteed. The media, analysts and cap gurus were all waiting to see how the contract broke down and now the details are out and from the looks of it Colin and the 49ers have structured that it ends up being a low-market deal.

Colin said he wanted it structured so the team could re-sign other key players and from the looks of the contract, they did just that. The folks over at Spotrac.com have a nice breakdown.

In 2014
Kaepernick receives a $12.328 million signing bonus, + a base salary of $645,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000. This means $13.073 million in upfront cash, a $12.1 million increase from the $973,766 he was set to earn in from his previous contract. The salary and signing bonus are fully guaranteed. His cap figure for 2014 increases from $1,630,457 to $3,767,291.

In 2015
he’ll receive a $12.4 million base salary that as of now is guaranteed for injury only. The salary becomes fully guaranteed on April 1, 2015. In addition Kaepernick will earn $125,000 for each game he’s active, for a combined $2 million likely to be earned roster bonus. He’ll also receive a $400,000 workout bonus for attending offseason training. His cap figure for 2015 is now $17,265,000, the 15th highest in the NFL.

In 2016
he’ll receive a $13.9 million base salary that also doesn’t fully guarantee until April 1, 2016. Once again he earns $125,000 per active game and a $400,000 workout bonus. His cap figure for 2016 is now $18.765,600, 9th highest in the NFL as of now.

In 2017
he’ll receive a $16 million base salary that fully guarantees on April 1, 2017. Once again he earns $125,000 per active game and a $400,000 workout bonus. His cap figure for 2017 is $21,365,600.

In 2018
he’ll receive a $17 million base salary, but only $5.2 million fully guarantees on April 1, 2018. Once again he earns $125,000 per active game and a $400,000 workout bonus. His cap figure for 2018 is $21,865,600.

Kaepernick has non-guaranteed base salaries of $18.8 million and $21 million in 2019, 2020 respectively, going along with the $2 million in per game bonuses, and $400,000 workout bonuses. He holds cap figures of $21.2 million and $23.4 million in his final seasons (unlikely to stand).

Guaranteed Money
In terms of guaranteed money just the 2014 salary, signing bonus, and for all intents and purposes workout bonus stand on the books upfront. April 1st becomes his trigger date in 2015-2018, when additional salary fully guarantees. The per game bonus saves the 49ers should Kaepernick miss a few weeks here and there, but the real IF comes in terms of a de-escalator.

De-Escalator
The contract contains a $12 million de-escalator clause that could drop Kaepernick’s base salary by $2 million each from 2015-2020. He can avoid this
decrease by playing in 80% of the 49ers snaps AND either taking the team to the Super Bowl or becoming a 1st or 2nd team All-Pro. This incentive exists each year. His performance in 2014 will directly affect his salary in 2015, and so forth. This is a unique component to a maximum contract, and one that could become leveraged more with the “running quarterback” become prevelant in the league again.

Insurance
The final piece to the puzzle is a $20 million disability policy that the 49ers will force Kaepernick to purchase should he suffer a career-ending injury at any point of the deal. While this seems like legal symantics, it’s another smart component by the 49ers based on the skillset of their quarterback.

How Does This Rank

The $126 million extension ranks 2nd behind Jay Cutler’s $126.7 million deal.
The $60,973,000 total guaranteed ranks 1st in the NFL.
The $21 million average salary ranks 2nd behind Aaron Rodgers ($22M) in the NFL.
His $13.073 million in 2014 cash ranks 15th among all NFL players.
This is indeed, a maximum extension.

After reading this it’s obvious Paraag Marathe is the man.

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Kaepernick Gets Paid http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/kaepernick-gets-paid/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/kaepernick-gets-paid/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:51:41 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8925 49ers and Colin Kaepernick agree on a six year extension worth $126 million.

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The 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have agreed on a six year extension. The extension keeps Kap in Red and Gold through the 2020 season.

From Maiocco:

The six-year extension includes more than $60 million in guaranteed money, a source said. The total package of the deal can reach $126 million.

Now it will be interesting to see how this deal affects the deals involving Crabtree, Iupati and more.

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Blake Costanzo Back with 49ers http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/blake-costanzo-back-49ers/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/06/blake-costanzo-back-49ers/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:17:23 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8922 The 49ers and special teams ace Blake Costanzo have reached an agreement on a one year deal.

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Former special teams standout Blake Costanzo is back with the 49ers. According to Costanzo’s agent the 49ers and Costanzo agreed on a one year deal.

For those who may have forgotten, Costanzo was a special teams standout with the 49ers back in 2011. The beginning of the Tony Montana Squad Era.

Not sure will be cut to make room for Costanzo on the teams 90 man roster at this time.

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Report: Vernon Davis seeking new contract http://49ersnews.com/2014/05/report-vernon-davis-seeking-new-contract/ http://49ersnews.com/2014/05/report-vernon-davis-seeking-new-contract/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 19:37:11 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=8919 Reports are Vernon Davis is not participating in voluntary organized team activities in hopes of landing a new contract.

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CSN Bay Area is reporting that Vernon Davis is not participating in voluntary OTA’s in hopes of landing a new contract. Vernon is currently the 3rd highest paid tight end in the league and is set to make a base salary of $4.7 million for the 2014 season.

By missing the OTA’s, Vernon is forfeiting $200,000. Vernon joins Alex Boone as players who are not participating in OTA’s due to wanting a new contract.

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