The San Francisco 49ers ruled out any chance that Mario Manningham would be ready for the start of the regular season after placing the injured wide receiver on the physically unable to perform/reserve list, coach Jim Harbaugh announced Sunday.
When the San Francisco 49ers lost, in overtime, to the New York Giants in the 2011 NFC championship game, one area of the roster that the team desperately needed to improve was the wide receiver position. In that 20-17 loss, 49ers wide receivers were targeted just nine times, with Michael Crabtree accounting for the only reception. That catch gained three yards on a 3rd-and-5 play from the Giants' 10-yard line with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, forcing the 49ers to kick a game-tying field goal instead of having another crack at a potential go-ahead touchdown. The 49ers were aggressive in upgrading the receiver position last offseason. Mario Manningham and Randy Moss were signed in free agency and the team used their first round pick in the 2012 NFL draft on Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who may need general manager Trent Baalke's help to get a roster spot in 2013, writes Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
Aug 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles was carted off the field during practice Monday, but coach Andy Reid said X-rays taken on Charles' injured foot were negative. The team is treating the injury as a sprain and the injury is not considered serious. His status for Friday night's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers is not certain, but Reid told NFL.com, "If he is ready to go, he'll play." - - First-year Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid got his man when he traded for quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason. ...
The San Francisco 49ers are set to build on last year’s run to the Super Bowl, so says a prediction model that simulates the NFL season 50,000 times. In the simulations run by PredictionMachine.com , the most common result was the 49ers beating the Denver Broncos after last season’s disappointing Super Bowl loss in New Orleans. In the simulation, the 49ers won the Super Bowl 20.1 percent of the time – more than any other team - and they are most likely to play the Denver Broncos, who are the AFC’s representative 14.6 percent of the time. It probably says something that although the Broncos are considered the clear favorite in the AFC, they're still predicted to make the Super Bowl only about one of every seven times in this model.
The San Francisco 49ers are set to build on last year’s run to the Super Bowl, so says a prediction model that simulates the NFL season 50,000 times. In the simulations run by PredictionMachine.com , the most common result was the 49ers beating the Denver Broncos after last season’s disappointing Super Bowl loss in New Orleans. In the simulation, the 49ers won the Super Bowl 20.1 percent of the time – more than any other team - and they are most likely to play the Denver Broncos, who are the AFC’s representative 14.6 percent of the time. It probably says something that although the Broncos are considered the clear favorite in the AFC, they're still predicted to make the Super Bowl only about one of every seven times in this model.
Last month, Shutdown Corner reported that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown had voided a $2 million base salary escalator in his contract after skipping the team's offseason workout program. Clauses like the one in Brown's contract are not rare. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, include six-figure base salary "de-escalator" clauses tied to participation in their contracts. The 49ers have included similar language in recent contract extensions for NaVorro Bowman and Anthony Davis, as well. Some players have similar language included in their rookie contracts. Two players that had "de-escalator" language in their rookie contracts were New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, both of whom skipped their team's offseason workout programs. Hardy is entering the fourth and final season of a four-year rookie contract from 2010 that was originally worth $1.906 million. The 2011 collective bargaining agreement added $95,000 to his 2011 and 2012 base salaries and Hardy's playing-time in those two seasons increased his 2013 base salary from the league minimum ($630,000) to $1.35 million. However, Hardy's contract includes language that would reduce any base salary escalation he earned by $50,000 for each year where he did not participate in 90 percent of the offseason workout program. Hardy's base salary is now $1.25 million, a $100,000 reduction that shows that the 2010 sixth-round pick out of Mississippi did not participate in at least 90 percent of the workout programs in both the 2012 and 2013 offseasons.
Monday was a fairly quiet day in the NFL, right up until word broke that the Green Bay Packers were going to sign Vince Young to a one-year contract . Young won't start in Green Bay, if he even makes the 53-man roster, but the signing does make some sense. The Packers open the season against the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, two offenses that utilize the read-option. Young could help the defense prepare for those meetings. • Over the weekend, the Oakland Raiders announced that kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long-snapper Jon Condo had signed multi-year contract extensions. According to a source with knowledge of the contract details, here's how the Janikowski and Condo deals break down: • In terms of new money, Janikowski's extension is worth $15.1 million over four years ($3.775 million per year). Total value of his contract is $18.9 million over five seasons, with $8 million guaranteed. Signing bonus : $1.8 million Base salaries/Cap numbers : 2013 : $3.5 million (fully guaranteed) / $4.9 million 2014 : $2.7 million (fully guaranteed) / $3.06 million 2015 : $3.25 million / $3.61 million 2016 : $3.6 million / $3.96 million 2017 : $4.05 million / $4.41 million • Under his previous contract, Condo was due $1.2 million in 2013. Condo will now earn $1.55 million this season in an extension that includes $3.2 million in new money and will pay out $4.4 million over the next four seasons, with $1.7 million guaranteed. Signing bonus : $710,000 Base salaries/Cap numbers 2013 : $840,000 (fully guaranteed) / $1,125,833 2014 : $900,000 ($150,000 fully guaranteed) / $1,077,500 2015 : $950,000 / $1,127,500 2016 : $1 million / $1,177,500 • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis underwent surgery on his fractured right hand , ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Willis is not expected to miss any time in the regular season. • Injury situations continue to mount on the Denver Broncos. Right tackle Orlando Franklin injured his hip on Monday, the Denver Post reports. Joel Dreessen, the team's No. 1 tight end, will miss three-to-four weeks after undergoing knee surgery.
The "Shutdown Countdown" is all wrapped up. In addition to previewing each team, Shutdown Corner has been taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We conclude the series with the San Francisco 49ers. 2013 Adjusted Cap Number : $125.773 million (20th-highest in the NFL in 2013) 2013 Cap Room Remaining : $7.437 million (16th in the NFL, as of Aug. 3) Best Bargain : As is the case with the bitter NFC West rivals up I-5, the 49ers are getting outstanding value at their starting quarterback position. Colin Kaepernick took the league by storm midway through the 2012 season, completing 62.4 percent of his pass attempts for 1,814 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions with 415 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in the regular season before leading the 49ers to an NFC championship. Kaepernick is entering the third season of a four-year, $5.124 million contract that included $3.8 millioin guaranteed money, including $590,314 of his $740,844 base salary in 2013. With a $100,000 workout bonus, Kaepernick will take home just over $840,000, which ranks 58th among NFL quarterback contracts. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who Kaepernick could very well face in Super Bowl XLVIII, will earn $882,353 per week during the regular season. All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon Smith is also a tremendous bargain with a $1,682,637 base salary and $3,922,910 cap hit in 2013. Smith's salary ranks 25th among NFL linebackers, narrowly edging out former 49ers linebacker Manny Lawson, who has 30 fewer sacks than Smith has over the last two seasons. All-Pro guard Mike Iupati will earn $1.302 million in cash this season ($1.002 million base salary plus $300,000 in "per game" roster bonuses), which ranks 44th among current guard contracts. Potential Camp Cap Casualty : The 49ers losing cornerback Chris Culliver likely means that Carlos Rogers' spot on the team is safe. However, the 49ers might turn to Rogers for a pay cut. The veteran is due $5.5 million in base salary — $1.75 million is fully guaranteed — with $250,000 in "per game active" roster bonuses That might be too steep for a 32-year-old cornerback who might have been on the outs had Culliver stayed healthy and earned a starting job. 49ers with high base salaries who could be turned to for a restructure include Vernon Davis ($6.072 million base salary plus $400,000 in "per game roster bonuses), Frank Gore ($3.3 million base salary, $2.75 million in roster bonuses) and Anquan Boldin, who is due $6 million in non-guaranteed base salary in the final year of his contract.
The NFL season is approaching and Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams, counting down our power rankings with one team a day until No. 1 is unveiled on Aug. 4, when the preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Go to our Facebook page after you read the preview for all airing of grievances; we’ll have a daily discussion there to go with each preview. In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers defied expectations by winning 13 games and advancing to the NFC championship game, which they lost, in overtime, to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The 49ers' turnaround in Jim Harbaugh's first season was due to his conservative, mistake-free approach on offense and a Vic Fangio-coordinated defense that was impossible to run against, created turnovers and wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks. More of the same was expected in 2012 as the 49ers doubled down on Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft who had overcome injuries and repeated benchings to, with the help of the 2011 lockout that wiped out that offseason, win the starting job and be the game manager Harbaugh needed him to be for the 49ers to have success in his first season on the job. The 49ers were humming along in 2012, as well, entering their Week 9 bye with a 6-2 record. In Week 10, Smith sustained a concussion in a 24-24 tie to the St. Louis Rams and he was replaced by Colin Kaepernick, a 2011 second-round pick out of Nevada. The rest is history. With Kaepernick under center, or in the Pistol formation, the 49ers became a much harder team for opposing defenses to prepare for. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Kaepernick's threat as a runner gave the 49ers a dangerous option attack. Kaepernick himself ran for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the final seven-plus games as the 49ers' top quarterback. In the divisional round of playoffs, Kaepernick embarrassed the Green Bay Packers with 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 45-31 win. In the NFC championship against the Atlanta Falcons, Kaepernick was the focus of the defense, which allowed Frank Gore and rookie LaMichael James to combine for 124 yards and three touchdowns, including two by Gore that erased a 10-point deficit in the second half and propelled the 49ers into Super Bowl XLVII and a meeting with the John Harbaugh-coached Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers would come out on the losing of the "Harbaugh Bowl", but if it were not for Kaepernick, the score would not have been as close as it was. Trailing 28-6 early in the third quarter, Kaepernick was excellent in the second half, passing for 163 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 46 yards and a 15-yard touchdown that pulled the 49ers to within two points of the Ravens with 10 minutes to play. That would be as close as the 49ers would get as their final offensive possession would end with three straight incomplete pass attempts to Michael Crabtree and the confetti would rain down on the Ravens and the older of the Harbaugh brothers. As disappointing as the first Super Bowl loss in franchise history was, the 49ers have every reason to expect to be in position to win it all this season. They have a great young quarterback in Kaepernick. Versatile offensive weapons in Gore, James, Vernon Davis and Crabtree, if he can return from a torn Achilles. The 49ers have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, an active defensive front featuring the best four starting linebackers in the league and Harbaugh leads an outstanding coaching staff that includes Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, both of whom could receive head coaching opportunities next offseason. It won't be easy — they will face stiff competition from the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West — but the 49ers have every right to enter the 2013 season as the favorites to win not only the NFC West, but the entire NFC and could very well open up Levi's Stadium by unveiling a Super Bowl XLVIII champions banner.
News in the NFL on Thursday was dominated by reaction and fallout from Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper's use of a racial slur. Oh, and Aaron Hernandez is a prison pen pal . The good news is that we're two sleeps away from the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, three sleeps away from the Hall of Fame between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, and in one week, 12 NFL teams will open their 2013 preseason schedule. • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a "slight" fracture in his right hand, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Willis will wear a cast for now, but the perennial Pro Bowler is not expected any time during the regular season. Let's be honest: Willis would play, and play well, with a severed hand. In other 49ers injury news, cornerback Chris Culliver suffered a left knee during a one-on-one punt coverage drill on Thursday. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Culliver was undergoing an MRI on Thursday afternoon. • Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton is undergoing an MRI on a hip injury, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. • Increased depth at the wide receiver position on the Buffalo Bills is allowing Stevie Johnson to work out of the slot , writes Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News. • Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing is making good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL. Cushing, who is in his contract year, participated in 7-on-7 drills on Thursday. Running back Arian Foster could make his practice debut on Sunday. • ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Dallas Cowboys have interest in veteran guard Brian Waters, a free agent who lives in the Dallas area. Nothing appears imminent, however, as the Cowboys signed rookie offensive linemen Jeff Olson and James Nelson to provide depth for Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins. • Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Love, a 2011 sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, has yet to play a single snap in the NFL after spending his rookie season as a game day inactive and the 2012 season injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. The four-game suspension will cost Love $130,588 in base salary. • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was cleared to practice for the first time this summer. • New York Jets first-round defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson missed another practice after undergoing a root canal on Wednesday. • In a surprising transaction, the Carolina Panthers terminated the contract of veteran center/guard Geoff Hangartner on Thursday. Hangartner was scheduled to earn $1.575 million in base salary this season, which will come off the Panthers' salary cap. Here's a spin around Thursday's NFL personnel notice:

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