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Colin Kaepernick reportedly inks six-year, $126 million extension with 49ers 06.05.14 at 9:42 am ET
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Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be serving as San Francisco’€™s franchise play-caller for a long, long time — with the contract to show it.

The dynamic signal-caller agreed to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping the University of Nevada product with the Niners through the 2020 season. The contract is reported to be worth $126 million — with $61 million in guaranteed money.

Both Kaepernick and the 49ers made it a goal to reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of training camp in July.

“They were able to get it done six weeks earlier than what I think everyone thought,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very excited to have it done at this point and we don’t have to worry about talks or anything like that moving forward.”

Kapernick, who was set to make less than $1 million this season, now has the most guaranteed money of any current NFL quarterback under contract.

“I’m always striving to be in that group. An elite group in the NFL. Not necessarily pay, but as far as a player. Whatever comes along with that comes along with it,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very grateful for it. … I don’t think my motivation is money-driven.”

Once a relative unknown on a team that advanced to the NFC championship game during his one season as backup to current Chiefs play-caller Alex Smith, Kaepernick supplanted Smith as starting quarterback midway through the 2012 season and has led the team to one of its most successful periods in franchise history.

Kaepernick led the Niners to their first Super Bowl in 18 years during the 2012 year — losing by three points to the Ravens — while later helping his team make it to the NFC championship game in 2013, when San Francisco fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks by a score of 23-17.

In 32 career NFL games, Kaepernick has completed 382 of 639 passes for 5,046 yards with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Report: 49ers trade Alex Smith to Chiefs 02.27.13 at 12:16 pm ET
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According to a Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the 49ers have an agreement to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs. Other reports indicate the deal is for a second-round draft pick in 2013 (No. 34 overall) plus a conditional mid-round pick in 2014. The deal can’t be made official until March 12, when the new league year begins.

Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick out of Utah, lost his starting job in San Francisco to Colin Kaepernick, who led the Niners to the Super Bowl. In Kansas City he would be expected to take over for the struggling Matt Cassel.

Smith, 28, played 10 games this past season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes (153-of-218) for 1,737 yards and 13 touchdowns, with five interceptions. He had a QB rating of 104.1.

In his seven-year career, Smith has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 14,280 yards and 81 touchdowns, with 63 interceptions. He has a QB rating of 79.1.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss reportedly wants to play again next season 01.28.13 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 7 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Florida at Marquette, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss, whose comeback to the NFL after a one-year absence has led to an appearance in the Super Bowl with the 49ers, reportedly will attempt to play again next season.

Pro Football Talk credits a source with knowledge of Moss’ thinking as saying the player wants to return. He is slated to become a free agent in March, one month after his 36th birthday.

Moss has stirred up some controversy in every one of his previous five stops in the league, but he has been quiet in San Francisco, accepting his responsibility as a role player while making 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk also reports that quarterback Alex Smith, who lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick midway through the season, will seek his release before the start of free agency. The team was expected to try to trade Smith, who is due $8.5 million in 2013, but apparently he is willing to forfeit that money for a chance to sign with a team of his choice.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News reported over the weekend that the Drug Enforcement Administration and Major League Baseball are investigating a training and nutrition adviser to Alex Rodriguez for links to performance-enhancing drugs.

Anthony Bosch is said to be a well-known figure among current and former Latin players in South Florida. Bosch and his father, Pedro Publio Bosch, were connected to Manny Ramirez when the then-Dodgers outfielder was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for using a banned substance. Pedro Bosch, a physician, reportedly wrote the prescription for the banned drug used by Ramirez.

‘™¦ Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones was a part of the gold medal-winning U.S. bobsled-skeleton team at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Jones served as the brakewoman on the bobsled driven by Elana Meyers, which finished third and contributed to the Americans’ team title at the combined event.

Jones is a two-time world champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, winning in 2008 and ’10.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?

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49ers QB Alex Smith: ‘I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion’ 11.30.12 at 1:14 pm ET
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Alex Smith is baffled by the fact that he lost the starting job as 49ers quarterback to Colin Kaepernick.

Smith, who was NFC Offensive Player of the Week just one month ago, is medically cleared after suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against the Rams, but he won’€™t be playing for the second Sunday in a row when the 49ers and Rams square off.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has again named Kaepernick the starter this week.

“I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion,” Smith said.

Smith ranks fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 104.1 and leads the league with a 70.0 completion percentage.

“You kind of state your case with your play and I felt like I’ve done that,” Smith said. “It’s tough. It stings the most just because I really felt there was something special going on here and you sacrifice and invest so much time. I felt like I was playing good football. I have no idea what’s going to happen from here. All I can do now is just prepare and get ready.”

Since replacing Smith, Kaepernick has completed 48-of-74 passes for 680 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and he’s been sacked six times. He led the 49ers past the Saints and Bears.

Harbaugh says he’€™ll keep his mind open going forward about whether to use Kaepernick or Smith.

“Alex is a class act all the way,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll prepare as if he is the starter. And that’s what we would expect. And be ready to go in and play and contribute to this football team. We’ve got two quarterbacks that we feel great about as the starting quarterback. Anything’s a possibility. I would assume nothing or rule out anything.”

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Report: 49ers QB Alex Smith out for Monday night Bears-49ers game 11.19.12 at 10:43 am ET
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Quarterback Alex Smith will not start for the 49ers on Monday night against the Bears because he was not given clearance from a neurologist after suffering a concussion last week, according to an ESPN report.

If the report proves true, Colin Kaepernick will make his first start in Smith’s place.

Smith had been practicing last week and reports indicated he was on track to start the game.

The Monday night matchup is a backup showdown, as the Bears already ruled out starting quarterback Jay Cutler last week. Jason Campbell will start in his place.

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Backup quarterback showdown possible for Monday night Bears-49ers game 11.16.12 at 1:41 pm ET
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When the Bears and 49ers play Monday night, it might be a matchup of backup quarterbacks as both Bears QB Jay Cutler and 49ers QB Alex Smith deal with post-concussion issues from hits received in their last game.

Cutler missed practice on Thursday and his status remains in question for Monday night’€™s game. Smith practiced Thursday and looks more likely to start, ESPN’€™s Ed Werder tweeted.

Jason Campbell would replace Cutler if it turns out he is not ready. Colin Kaepernick would start in place of Smith.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Cutler continues to improve, but it’s not clear if he’ll be ready to go against the 49ers. Smith added that Cutler could play even if he doesn’€™t practice.

Meanwhile, the NFL has fined Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler during the first half of Sunday night’€™s game.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss impresses 49ers teammates at first practice 05.11.12 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Clippers, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Rangers 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 pm. (WGN)

SATURDAY:
NBA playoffs: 76ers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Nuggets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 1 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Whitecaps at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
NBA playoffs (if necessary): Clippers at Grizzlies, 1 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Coyotes, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Cardinals, 2:15 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Randy Moss began his NFL comeback with his first formal practice for the 49ers Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif., and Niners quarterback Alex Smith said the former Patriot looked smooth.

“It’s tough to tell that he missed a year of football. I certainly don’t see any rust,” Smith said of the 35-year-old. “He’s running well, catching well. No surprise, he’s a pro and already has a good understanding of the playbook.”

Added safety Donte Whitner: “He still looks the same. He never, ever since he’s been playing football has looked like he’s been running fast. But he’s a long strider, and when you actually run against him, he’s really running really fast. He’s running the same as he’s always run. His body looks like a younger Randy Moss, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do on the football field.”

Moss also showed he was in midseason form in terms of his dealings with the media, as he has little to say following the hour-long workout.

“Work is over, baby, we’re out of here,” he said as he drove away.

‘™¦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, while saying reports of his rift with receiver Santonio Holmes were “ridiculous,” “out of control” and “way overblown,” said he worked out with Holmes last month after two earlier offseason visits to Holmes’ Florida residence, and the pair agreed to put the issue behind them.

‘€œIt was good to just kind of talk, away from the building, away from football, and talk about how things didn’€™t go so well last year, how we can move on and get better,’€ Sanchez said Thursday. ‘€œAs soon as we came back [for offseason workouts in New Jersey last month, we said] that we’€™d never talk about it again and let’€™s just move forward. That’€™s exactly what he’€™s done. That’€™s what I expect him to do. He expected the same from me. It was important that we had that time, and now we’€™re back and you would never [think] it happened.’€

Added Sanchez: “It gave us something to laugh about and move on. And we’re good.”

‘™¦ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman testified Thursday that Roger Clemens asked for the team to hire Brian McNamee after Clemens was shelled at Fenway Park in a 1999 ALCS loss to the Red Sox. Two year later, the Yankees parted ways with McNamee, after the trainer ruffled feathers in the clubhouse.

“This particular individual, Mr. McNamee, did not get along with people,” Cashman said.

Cashman also acknowledged the Clemens continued to use McNamee — who has claimed he injected the pitcher with steroids and HGH — as his personal trainer at late as 2007.

‘™¦ Nuggets center Chris “Birdman” Andersen missed Thursday night’s playoff win over the Lakers after police searched his home as part of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

A team-issued statement said Andersen was “excused from all team-related activities indefinitely as he deals with the reported investigation.”

Andersen is in his his seventh season in Denver and 10th in the NBA. In 2006 he was banned for violating the league’s drug policy, and he returned two years later.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 11, 1978, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals, the Bruins beat the Flyers, 6-3. Which Bruin recorded a goal and four assists to fuel the series-clinching win?

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Niners told to stop talking about free agents 06.01.11 at 4:53 pm ET
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According to The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the NFL has sent the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh a memo instructing them not to discuss quarterback Alex Smith or any free agent during the lockout period. Harbaugh had spoken freely about Smith in previous press conferences, saying, “I think he’s going to come back to the team.”

However, when Harbaugh was asked about the free agent quarterback last week, he responded, “I’m not answering any questions about Alex Smith. The league has mandated that we do not talk about him. The NFL has mandated that we don’t talk about players who are not under contract.”

Harbaugh is in his first year at the helm in San Francisco.

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49ers Alex Smith injures shoulder; David Carr at quarterback 10.24.10 at 3:26 pm ET
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was knocked out of Sunday’€™s game against the Panthers in the third quarter. Smith took a massive hit and left with an apparent shoulder injury, reports Pro Football Talk. X-rays revealed a shoulder sprain for Smith and he will miss the remainder of the game.

San Francisco (1-5) has struggled this year and Smith has received criticism for some of his play this season. Smith had a 73.9 passer rating on the year with 1,425 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions entering Sunday’€™s game. Smith was 9-for-19 attempts with 129 with one touchdown to Vernon Davis before suffering the injury. Former Texans quarterback David Carr is now in at quarterback for San Francisco.

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