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February 28, 2014
Jed York flies to Miami to _____________?


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Jed York took a flight from the Bay Area to Miami yesterday, which according to Twitter chatter, means: A.) He is trading Jim Harbaugh to the Dolphins, B.) He is negotiating with the Dolphins for Jonathan Martin, C.) He is signing Colin Kaepernick to a long-term deal, D.) He is signing Anquan Boldin to a short-term deal E.) He is reworking Frank Gore's contract.

Or it's quite possible it's option F.) None of the above. The league is holding committee meetings in South Florida early next week, and that's why York is in town.

One possibility you can cross off the list is Kaepernick's deal. The two sides met for the first time last week in Indianapolis. I've been told that the dinner was a good first step but that's all it was - a first step. This is a huge contract, perhaps the biggest one ever completed in the history of the franchise. So it's not something either side wants to rush. There promise to be be plenty of phone calls, faxes and at least one other face-to-face meeting before it is complete.

The recent deals signed by Tony Romo and Jay Cutler will serve as a baseline for negotiations. Both contracts average about $18 million per year. Kaepernick's team will shoot for more than that. After all, their client is younger and has more upside than Cutler and Romo. And unlike the latter, Kaepernick has been at his best in big games.

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As far as Boldin, I'm told that both sides want to get a deal done and that they are on the same page as far as Boldin's value. He made $6 million last season, and that's likely what his new deal will average. That's also in keeping with the three-year, $17.5 million salary another 30-something, but still-productive, receiver, Reggie Wayne, signed with the Colts two years ago. The question with Boldin is whether he wants a two- or three-year deal.

June 7, 2013
Report: Is the final year as 49ers for Frank Gore, Justin Smith?

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There was an interesting article about the 49ers yesterday by former sports agent Joel Corry. It's the sort of state-of-the-franchise piece every 49ers fan should read once and one that really big fans ought to read a few times.

The thrust of the story is that, via sound salary-cap management and excellent scouting the 49ers have set themselves up to be the dominant team of the next decade the way the Patriots were the preceding one.

Ah, but that doesn't mean it will be easy.

Corry notes what many of us have been pointing out over the last six months - that following the 2014 season a slough of talented, young 49ers will see their contracts expire. That list includes Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Aldon Smith and, of course, Colin Kaepernick, who - it's not a stretch to predict this - could be due for one of the biggest contracts in NFL history. The 49ers can begin working on extensions for Kaepernick and Smith after this season.

What I found interesting is that Corry also points to two veteran stalwarts and wonders whether this will be their final year on the team. Of defensive end Justin Smith, whose contract expires in March, Corry writes, "(Smith) might be an example of it's better to lose a player a year too early than a year too late since he will turn 35 during the 2014 season."



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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