We're already almost a week into the NFL Free Agnecy period, and most of the action around the San Francisco 49ers has involved players leaving for other teams. That being said, there is still plenty of time for the 49ers to bring in new talent, and they're nowhere near done making moves. Here's the latest news and rumors surrounding the 49ers:
Colin Kaepernick trade dead?
The Colin Kaepernick trade remains at an impasse with both the Browns and the Broncos. Cleveland is offering its third round pick for Kaepernick, who wants to play for head coach Hue Jackson. However, the Browns want Kaepernick to restructure his deal, and he's hesitant to do that for Cleveland, according to the Sacramento Bee's Mark Barrows.
Kaepernick is willing to restructure his contract and take less money to get out of San Francisco, but after getting sacked 80 times in the last 1-1/2 seasons and having three surgeries since December, he’s wary of taking a lower-money deal on a bad team that is losing talent and that may also use its first-round pick, No. 2 overall, on a quarterback.
As for Denver, the Broncos are offering their own third round pick, which is much lower than Cleveland's. The 49ers want Denver's second rounder, since it's only two spots higher and Cleveland's third rounder. Kaepernick would likely accept a lesser contract from the Broncos because he's more confident in the team's ability to win.
However, the 49ers are also willing to keep Kaepernick and play him next season. On April 1st, his $11.9 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed. If he's not moved by then, Kaepernick play for the 49ers in 2016.
James Laurinaitis may not meet with 49ers
San Francisco was one of the teams that was allegedly on recently released Rams LB James Laurinaitis' wish list, but that may not be the case. According to CSNBayArea's Matt Maiocco, Laurinaitis hasn't met with the team yet, and there currently aren't any plans for him to do so. The seven-year vet hasn't missed a start in his NFL career and recorded 109 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble last season.
49ers met with trio of Ohio State prospects at Buckeyes' Pro Day
49ers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina and regional scout Steve Rubio were on hand at Ohio State's Pro Day, and they reportedly met with DE Joey Bosa, LB Darron Lee, and TE Nick Vannett, accoring to multiple reports. Bosa and Lee are both projected to be firstround picks, while Vannett is expected to be a third-round pick.