Team Report - SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after suggesting he had a bomb in his possession while in the security line, multiple media outlets reported.

A police report provided to the Sacramento Bee and Bay Area News Group said the following:

"At approximately 1400 hrs, a 25-year-old male resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for a secondary screening. The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question. Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking."

Smith, who turns 25 on Aug. 25, was at Gate 6 of Terminal 1 when confronted by several police, who then led Smith away.

Smith was later released on $20,000 bond and charged with a felony count of making a false bomb threat.

Both reports noted that eyewitnesses identified the man in question as Smith, and the 49ers have released a statement on the issue.

"We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," general manager Trent Baalke said. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment."

CSNBayArea.com reported that a police officer said alcohol could have contributed to Smith's behavior. LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said, "He was not what we considered to be intoxicated. But he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day."

Smith has had several run-ins with police since joining the 49ers in 2011.

Last September, Smith was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence following an accident. The incident occurred on a Friday, just few hours before the start of the team's work day prior to a Sunday game.

Smith also faces three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles, which were found after a June 2012 party at Smith's San Jose home. Smith sustained stab wounds at the party, and two partygoers were wounded by gunfire from alleged gang members.

Smith had 19.5 sacks in 2012, but slipped to 8.5 sacks in 2013, when he played in 11 regular-season games, missing five while he was in rehab.

--Miami police are investigating what the official police report terms a "suspicious incident" involving 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players.

The Sacramento Bee first reported the identity of the two other players: 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who once played for the 49ers and is a close friend of Kaepernick.

A City of Miami Police spokesperson said Thursday that police are following up on a sexual assault information report that involves Kaepernick.

According to the report, the incident occurred April 1 when a woman went to Lockette's apartment in Miami at 9 p.m. Kaepernick and Patton were there, and the woman made drinks and served shots to the players. She was also told "to drink the shots she had to 'hit' the bong which contained marijuana," the report said.

The woman states she "started to feel lightheaded and went to a bedroom to lay down." She says she "took off her jacket and jewelry" at which point "Mr. Kaepernick came behind her into the bedroom and started kissing her."

She "advised that Mr. Kaepernick started to undressed (sic) her" and that "she got completely naked."

At that point she claims Kaepernick left the bedroom and that "they did not have sex." The woman claims Patton and Lockette "peeked" into the room and she yelled "What are you doing? Where's Colin? Get out!"

According to the report, the woman does not remember anything about the night after that point. She woke up in a hospital bed the following morning not knowing how she got there. The woman, whose name is redacted, reported the incident to police on April 3.

The woman acknowledged a prior sexual history with Kaepernick, the report said.

The 49ers released a statement from general manager Trent Baalke that said: "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts."

The Seahawks also released a team statement regarding Lockette: "We are aware of the situation, monitoring it closely and will not have any further comment at this time."

Miami Chief of Police Manuel Orosa said the department is investigating.

"There was an incident and we are investigating," Orosa told the Miami Herald.

The news first surfaced via TMZ.com, which cited law enforcement sources that told them Kaepernick was being investigated.

Kaepernick last year trained with Lockette in the Atlanta area and they lived together in Santa Clara until Lockette was released, according to the Bee.

Kaepernick was in Miami last week apparently training, according to his Instagram account.

He responded on Twitter: "The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened. ... I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up. I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."

--Meanwhile, prior to the above story, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said a contract extension for quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a "high priority."

Kaepernick was a second-round pick in 2011 and his four-year contract expires after the 2014 season.

Said Harbaugh, "The priority is Colin Kaepernick is a San Francisco 49er for however long we can have him be a San Francisco 49er. It's definitely a high priority. Amazing individual. Amazing player. He shows up and works all the time. There's really nobody to compete with him in a workout situation. He will bury everybody. And then when somebody tries to compete with him, he just ramps his competitiveness up and somebody's over there on a knee throwing up."

General manager Trent Baalke expounded on the subject Tuesday, saying that the goal is to have a new deal done when training camp begins.

"We're going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp. That's the objective right now, as it stands," Baalke said.

Finally, club CEO Jed York joined the chorus, saying, "I think there's a lot that he's done that has put him in that position where he should be paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the league. And I think that's where we'll end up -- whether we get it done now or later. We hope we get it done soon. If we don't, I don't think it's going to be acrimonious.

"When I look at Colin, I like what he's done. I like the growth that he's shown. I like the maturity that he's showing. I think he's becoming much more of a leader. When you look at the last three games we played, we don't beat Green Bay without Colin. I don't think we beat Carolina without Colin. And I think he played really well for a lot of the game in Seattle. And he drove us down and was a few inches away from taking us to the Super Bowl."

The 2014 season is the last one on Kaepernick's rookie contract and his salary is currently scheduled to be $1.073 million.

--The 49ers landed a headline name on the first day of free agency. However, he didn't arrive via free agency and the headlines he made had nothing to do with his ability as a player.

The 49ers acquired offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from the Miami Dolphins in a trade that will be for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. The 49ers give up the pick if Martin is on the opening-day 53-man roster.

Martin, who played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh when they both were at Stanford, was originally selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. He has started all 23 games he has appeared in -- 13 games at right tackle and 10 at left tackle.

However, he was less than spectacular on either side so the trade is probably a contingency deal, meaning the cost to the 49ers is dependent upon Martin making the team.

Martin is best known as the player who walked away from the Dolphins last October, citing bullying by teammates, notably offensive guard Richie Incognito. Martin reportedly sought treatment for emotional distress.

The Dolphins eventually suspended Incognito, and the NFL launched an investigation into the working environment in the Miami locker room.

The report by investigator Ted Wells, released in February, indicated that Incognito and two other players engaged in a bullying campaign against Martin and others in the locker room. The Dolphins eventually fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill over their alleged involvement in the harassment.

Harbaugh served as a character witness for Martin in Wells' investigation.

According to the report, "(Harbaugh) told us that he had never doubted Martin's tenacity, work ethic and dedication to the game, and that he had never seen Martin exhibit problems with social adjustment. Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL. It appears that Martin was up to the challenge of dealing with physical or verbal intimidation by opposing players during NFL games, but fell victim, at least in part, to persistent taunting from his own teammates."

Asked last November about the Martin-Incognito controversy, Harbaugh said, "As far as that situation, there's only one thing I can intelligently comment on and that's knowing Jonathan Martin. I know him to be a fine person and his family. (Martin was a) great contributor as a student and an athlete at Stanford, epitomizes the student-athlete model and a personal friend. I support Jonathan."

After acquiring Martin, Harbaugh told USA Today, "I can't wait to give him a big hug."

He added, "The goal with this transition is win-win. It's an opportunity for Jonathan Martin to prove to the football world that he is worthy of his high-round draft status. The goal is for this to be win-win. As far as the other thing, I think everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity for a second chance."

The trade was finalized Thursday when Martin passed his physical and he said, "I think it worked out great, once again playing for coach Harbaugh, once again playing in the Bay Area. It's a blank slate for me. I'm looking forward to revitalizing my career, getting back to playing.

"I want to do whatever I can to contribute to this offensive line. It's a great O-line already."

Martin realizes he will have to prove to the 49ers that he belongs.

"The way I'm approaching it, I have to earn my spot on this team," Martin said. "I'm looking forward to the future and getting back to playing football."

Said general manager Trent Baalke, "Any time we acquire a player we give him a clean slate, along with every opportunity to demonstrate his value to our organization, both on the field and in the community. It will be no different in Jonathan's case. As a former Stanford student-athlete, we are very familiar with Jonathan and look forward to working with him."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The NFL announced each team's preseason schedule without precise dates or times, except for national TV games and the final preseason week in which all games will be on Thurs. Aug. 28. Week 1 games are Aug. 7-10, Week 2 Aug. 14-18 and Week 3 Aug. 21-24.

The 49ers will play at home against Denver in Week 2 and San Diego in Week 3, while going on the road to play at Baltimore in Week 1 and Houston in Week 4. The game against the Chargers will be at 1 p.m. Pacific time Sunday Aug. 24 on FOX.

--Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, during an interview with ESPN, said he knew immediately how serious the knee injury was that he suffered in the conference championship game against Seattle.

"I knew the position I was in. As soon as my knee went in, I felt a hot flame in my knee and I told the doc, 'It's torn,'" Bowman said.

He suffered a torn ACL and, of course, lost the ball after initially recovering a fumble. At the recent league meetings, it was voted to allow replay reviews on plays where there could be a clear recovery caught by the cameras.

In recalling the play, Bowman said, "I know it's already popped out. Rolling over, trying to hold the ball, just hoping that they give us the ball, because I know exactly what just happened - I tore my knee and I've got the ball in my hand. So knowing we didn't get the ball, I just felt like it wasn't worth it, and I could have let the ball go and maybe saved my knee."

While saying he hopes to be able to play when the season starts, Bowman acknowledged that it's possible he will have to being the season on the physically unable to perform list.

--Cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on charges of felony hit and run and reckless driving causing an injury, as well as misdemeanor hit and run for hitting a vehicle and felony possession of brass knuckles.

The incident occurred at 10:21 a.m. Friday in San Jose and police were told someone on a bicycle had been hit by a car that left the scene. KTVU.com reported, "An eyewitness saw the accident and followed Culliver's vehicle until he cornered him in the area of Mekler Court. He attempted to block Culliver's vehicle from leaving. Authorities said Culliver got out of his car, threatened the eyewitness with brass knuckles and then got back into his vehicle and fled. In the process, he struck the eyewitness' car.

"San Jose police arrived on the scene and took Culliver into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle uncovered the brass knuckles, authorities said."

In a statement, the 49ers said, "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver. We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as we continue to gather the facts regarding this situation. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will reserve further comment at this time."

Culliver was officially charged Wednesday (April 9) with one felony and two misdemeanors by the Santa Clara District Attorney's office. His arraignment is scheduled for April 11.

--In addition to the Jonathan Martin deal, the 49ers traded a sixth-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional choice next year to Jacksonville for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

The 10th overall selection in the 2011 draft, Gabbert has a guaranteed salary of $2.011 million this season, more than the $$1.073 million that starter Colin Kaepernick is being paid.

General manager Trent Baalke said of the Gabbert deal, "We thought highly of Blaine as an early entry into the 2011 NFL Draft. He is a high-character individual that will be given every opportunity to develop within our system and we are looking forward to working with him."

--The 49ers had the league's No. 6 passing defense when it went to the Super Bowl in 2012. There's a chance the entire starting secondary from that team will be gone for the coming season. Dashon Goldson (signed with Tampa Bay in 2013), Whitner (set to sign with Cleveland), Rogers (released) and Brown (free agent) could all be playing elsewhere.

But even without Goldson this past season -- who was replaced by first-round draft pick Eric Reid -- the 49ers ranked seventh in the league in pass defense. But secondary coach Ed Donatell could face his toughest challenge yet in 2014 when he'll be faced with acclimating a new starting safety and a new group of cornerbacks into the fray.

There is a chance the team could bring back Brown, although the market might price him out of range. And with Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver (who missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL suffered in training camp) ready to take over the two starting jobs, San Francisco could use its collection of 12 draft picks this spring to address the position. And since Donatell has taken over, the 49ers have done very well in developing players in their secondary.

Another position that will be under the microscope this offseason is inside linebacker after NaVorro Bowman suffered tears to his ACL and MCL in his left knee in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers tendered a one-year deal to exclusive rights free agent Michael Wilhoite, who is the early favorite to replace Bowman if he has to start the season on the PUP list forcing him to miss the first six weeks. WiIhoite played well in Patrick Willis' stead in Week 4's 35-11 win over the Rams, making 11 tackles after Willis was forced to miss the game with a groin injury.

The 49ers could bring in a free-agent middle linebacker to compete with Wilhoite and second-year player Nick Moody for playing time. Wilhoite went undrafted in 2011 after playing safety at Washburn while Moody was a sixth-round pick last year after playing safety for the majority of his time at Florida State.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Like we've always maintained, our No. 1 objective in the offseason is to take care of our own guys -- to identify the guys that we feel we need on our football team moving forward, then find a way to make it work. Then find a way to make it fit from a financial standpoint." -- General Manager Trent Baalke

And. ...

"The simple answer is there's no reason it can't be. We're in good shape from a cap standpoint. So the decision on that, there's really no decision to be made. We can move forward exactly as is if that's what we prefer to do." -- Baalke on whether or not Frank Gore -- scheduled to count for $6.45 million against the cap in 2014 -- needs to take a pay cut

And, finally ...

"We played our last game, and we came to the facility and his car was already in the lot when I got there. He worked out the next week and now he's down in Florida working out again so I'm never going to have any questions about Colin Kaepernick's work ethic and desire to be great. He already is pretty darn good. I don't know that there will be dramatic increases when you're that good. He'll find a way to get a mile-an-hour faster, that's just the way he trains and the way he thinks." -- Jim Harbaugh on Colin Kaepernick

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

--Brandon Lloyd was lured out of retirement by the 49ers, who signed the former Pro Bowl wide receiver to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old wide receiver chose to pursue off-field interests last season, denying overtures from the 49ers, Patriots and other teams who wanted him to play in 2013.

Lloyd played 10 NFL seasons with six teams, including the 49ers, who drafted him in the fourth-round out of Illinois in 2003.

He was traded to the Washington Redskins in 2006 and made the Pro Bowl in 2010 with the Denver Broncos (77 receptions, 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns). Lloyd was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and then signed with the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent.

The 49ers were reportedly interested in DeSean Jackson and other slot receivers -- including Emmanuel Sanders, a free agent who left the Steelers to join the Broncos -- but made only one move at the position this offseason, re-signing Anquan Boldin.

--Safety Antoine Bethea is glad to be with the 49ers. He has one Super Bowl title from his time with the Colts, but wants more.

He said, "I wish I had two Super Bowl rings instead of one. That's one of the reasons I'm here in San Fran. It's a great opportunity to try to get another ring. That's what I'm here to do."

"Antoine is a durable, experienced player who has competed at a high level throughout his career in the National Football League," general manager Trent Baalke said. "He has proven to be a man of high character and is a welcome addition to our team and the Bay Area community."

TEAM NEEDS

--CORNERBACK: The team feels good about their young players Chris Culliver and Brock stepping into starting roles next season, but the depth at corner took a serious hit with the loss of Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers. The team has speedy undrafted player Darryl Morris who could take on an expanded role, but he won't prevent cornerback from becoming a top priority in the offseason. So far, Perrish Cox has been re-signed and Chris Cook signed.

--QUARTERBACK: The team wasn't enamored with Colt McCoy last season, bringing Seneca Wallace and John Skelton for cups of coffee with the team before deciding on the untested McLeod Bethel-Thompson as the team's reserve quarterback. McCoy signed with Washington after the addition of Blaine Gabbert.

--SAFETY: With Donte Whitner leaving for the Browns, the 49ers will have to find a starter at strong safety or move Eric Reid from free safety and plug in a new player there. C.J. Spillman and Craig Dahl are the current in-house candidates, but look for San Francisco to add to the competition and look for a viable starting option through the draft or free agency. They did that, signing veteran Antoine Bethea from the Colts.

PERSONNEL TRACKER

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--C Jonathan Goodwin, 35, started every game as a 49er since coming over from the Saints in 2011. But his age began to show late in the season, particularly against Seattle's physical front in the conference title game. San Francisco gave backup Daniel Kilgore a three-year extension this offseason, making him the favorite to start at center next season. Goodwin said during the season he plans on testing the market before seriously considering retirement, but there might not be many suitors for a player of his age.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--DL Demarcus Dobbs (tendered at $1.431M with no compensation) played well in his reserve role along the team's defensive line while giving rest to starters Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. Dobbs missed the first game of the season due to a one-week suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but figures to compete for playing time going forward with the team's deep group of defensive lineman.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--LB Michael Wilhoite (tendered at $570,000) made one start in 2013 in place of Patrick Willis and played well against the Rams. He is the favorite to replace NaVorro Bowman if the former All-Pro is forced to miss any time after tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--WR Anquan Boldin: Potential UFA; $12M/2 yrs, $9M guaranteed.

--CB Perrish Cox: Not tendered as RFA; $645,000/1 yr.

--K Phil Dawson: Potential UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR Kassim Osgood: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--CB Eric Wright: UFA; $900,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--S Antoine Bethea: UFA Colts; $26M/4 yrs.

--CB Chris Cook: UFA Vikings; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--QB Blaine Gabbert (trade Jaguars).

--WR Brandon Lloyd: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--T Jonathan Martin (trade Dolphins).

--WR David Reed: FA; $730,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

--CB Tarell Brown: UFA Raiders; $3.5M guaranteed/1 yr.

--RB Anthony Dixon: UFA Bills; $3.5M/3 yrs, $750,000 SB.

--QB Colt McCoy: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.

--WR Mario Manningham: UFA Giants; $755,000/1 yr, $25,000 RB.

--CB Carlos Rogers (released/post-June 1 designation).

--S Donte Whitner: UFA Browns; $28M/4 yrs, $13M guaranteed.

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