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Basically: They don't need or want to deal with Michael Sam-sized distractions from a Michael Sam-level talent.
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Preseason draft rankings aren't just flawed; they're impossible. A final year of game film is the most important thing a prospect can post - more important than his size and his speed and his other scouting combine scores combined.
Sure, those 49ers certainly worked hard and the stakes were high. But there also was a wonderful levity about the team.
I have returned from taking two weeks off. Here are some thoughts on some San Francisco 49ers ' news that transpired while I was away: Sherman blasts Crabtree again: Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman continued to take verbal shots at 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree .
The 49ers obviously thought they hit one out of the park with 2011 No. 7 overall draft pick OLB Aldon Smith.
Photo: Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press Ann Killion, Chronicle columnist, is seen on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.
The 49ers have ranked among top three in points allowed the past three years, but one of the NFL's most formidable defenses figures to be absent two All-Pros to start the season.
They made nearly as much news off the field as in free agency and the draft, although they accomplished their top priority by re-signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of the franchise.
NOVEMBER 10: Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
Last week was a busy one for the San Francisco 49ers. Here is a rundown of all the notable news including Joe Staley's contract extension, the PUP/NFI news, Aldon Smith's sentencing, and the stadium ribbon cutting.
Jim Harbaugh's full 49ers squad hits the field in Santa Clara to start training camp Thursday, which is Day 1 of another planned gallop into the playoffs.
Top 5 Offensive Plays from #CardsCamp 2013 Take a look back at a countdown of the top five plays from Arizona Cardinals training camp 2013.
Guests attend a party in the United Club after the ribbon-cutting and opening of Levi's Stadium Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker and former Missouri football player Aldon Smith was sentenced Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.
Now that Aldon Smith's legal problems are coming to a close, it's probably about time to start putting a wrap on the offseason.
Updated: Wed Jul 23, 2014 07:50 am
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