Free agency doesn’t begin until March 12, but that’s not stopping NFL scribes and pundits from looking at the best players soon to be available.
In the case of NFL.com’s Adam Schein, the most underrated free agents came into greater focus in a recent post. The respected columnist listed his top-nine underrated free agents with 49ers Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson coming in at No. 3.
Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowler in consecutive seasons, recorded nine tackles in Super Bowl XLVII. It’s hard to believe a first-team All-Pro would be underrated, but Schein believes the 49ers defensive star power covers up Goldson’s impact play. After the season concluded, Jim Harbaugh made it clear that the 49ers want their 28-year-old safety around long-term.
Schein believes that’s the right train of thought.
“Goldson was the San Francisco 49ers’ ‘franchise player’ last year, so chances are he won’t be slapped with the tag again, as that would force the Niners to shell out a gigantic one-year raise,” wrote Schein, who voted for Goldson to be a first-team All-Pro. “Goldson wants a long-term commitment from San Francisco, and he has earned it.”
Goldson’s situation will be one to monitor when free agency talk heats up in the coming weeks.
Tags: Chad Hall, Colin Kaepernick, Dashon Goldson, Dwight Clark, Greg Roman
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The Harbaugh brother talk has officially started, but it hasn’t reached overdrive just yet. There’s still plenty of other storylines to dissect as the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens embark on Super Bowl XLVII preparations.
For starters, Colin Kaepernick’s role on the 49ers offense is one to discuss. Furthermore, Kaepernick’s strong relationships with his teammates is quite remarkable after considering he will make start No. 10 in the biggest singular game in professional sports.
The respect Kaepernick’s teammates have already shown the second-year player was recently noted by ESPN.com’s Ashley Fox.
“There’s the conflict Kaepernick creates for opponents, and then there is the love that his teammates have for him,” Fox wrote. “It was obvious when (Frank) Gore interrupted Kaepernick’s postgame news conference, answering a question for him.
‘He can do whatever.’ Gore said. ‘He’s a hard worker. He’s a different quarterback, how he takes pride and leads us. He’s started [nine] games. Hey, he’s football. If it weren’t for him, it would’ve been a tough game for us.’
Gore looked at Kaepernick and added, ‘You deserve it.’”
It’s not hard to see why the second-year player has earned such praise from veterans.
After leading the 49ers to a 28-24 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game, Kaepernick finished his second come-from-behind postseason win completing 76.2 percent of his passes, good for the third-best single-game outing in 49ers postseason history.
Kaepernick has already showcased maturity and poise and enters Super Bowl XLVII with seven regular starts, tied for the third fewest for a starting quarterback to reach the Super Bowl in NFL history.
Tags: A.J. Jenkins, Andy Lee, Chad Hall, Colin Kaepernick, David Akers, Frank Gore, Jim Harbaugh
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The San Francisco 49ers promoted WR Chad Hall from the team’s practice squad.
Hall (5-8, 187) was originally signed to the 49ers practice squad on November 27 and later released on December 15. He was re-signed to the practice squad on December 17.
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The San Francisco 49ers announced they have re-signed WR Chad Hall to the practice squad.
Hall (5-8, 187) was originally signed to the 49ers practice squad on November 27 and later released on December 15.
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The 49ers will head to New England on Friday afternoon with heavy hearts following the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
Both teams feature two of the best football minds in the game in Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick. As Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted, both Harbaugh and Belichick have respect for each other.
“During Harbaugh’s 15-year playing career, he opposed a Belichick-led team only once,” Inman wrote. “Although Harbaugh’s Indianapolis Colts lost 21-14 at home to Belichick’s Cleveland Browns in 1994, Harbaugh passed for 194 yards — and ran for a career-high 63 yards.”
Tags: Aldon Smith, Chad Hall, Greg Roman, Jim Harbaugh, Navorro Bowman
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There’s a new video posted on NewSantaClaraStadium.com that all 49ers Faithful fans will want to check out.
The video features incredible aerial views of the new Santa Clara Stadium, future home of the five-time Super Bowl champs.
Book your own tour of the new stadium site and learn more about securing a seat in the new building.
Tags: Brian Jennings, Carlos Rogers, Chad Hall, Colin Kaepernick, Larry Grant, Mike Iupati, Randy Moss
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The San Francisco 49ers announced they have placed WR Kyle Williams and RB Kendall Hunter on the Injured Reserve List. The team also announced that RB Jewel Hampton has been added to the active roster from the Non-Football Injury List. The team also added WR Chad Hall to the practice squad, and waived S Eddie Whitley from that unit.
Tags: Chad Hall, Eddie Whitley, Jewel Hampton, Kendall Hunter, Kyle Williams
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