By Richard Nurse @blackirishpr on July 10, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers have had an eventful summer of holdouts, arrests and criminal investigations, but not much has been said about the team’s great draft or them rescuing Miami Dolphins outcast, Jonathan Martin, from football purgatory.
So with training camp closing in on its cusp, let's take a look at the five biggest rumors swirling around the franchise.
After carrying the ball for the third-largest amount of times in his career (276), 31-year-old Frank Gore is guaranteed to average less touches with Marcus Lattimore and Ohio State rookie Carlos Hyde on the turf.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson believes that 50 catches “is a logical starting point” for Stevie Johnson, even if he isn’t one of the 49ers’ top options.
Half a century worth of catches may seem low, but his big play ability will make it hard for defenses to focus on Anquan Boldin, while hopefully keeping quarterback Colin Kaepernick from locking in on receiver Michael Crabtree.
Johnson could be even more of a threat if Vernon Davis is out there.
Vernon Davis and headstrong have always been two words people placed together, so it’s no wonder why the world believes the NFL's third highest paid tight end will sit out training camp as he sorts through contract issues.
"In 2010, I signed a five-year contract extension… It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history… and I'm playing at a higher level than I was then… It's all about getting paid what you deserve."
After missing five games in 2013 to seek treatment for substance abuse, Aldon Smith seemed to get himself together. But after an April arrest for allegedly making a bomb threat at LAX (charges dropped) and pleading no contest to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, the talented linebacker will definitely be sacked by the league for violating Roger Goodell's personal conduct policy.
Colin Kaepernick, ranked No. 10 in quarterback passer rating for the 2013 season, was criticized for having a bad year after injuries left him suffering through most of the schedule with only two receiver threats. However coming within yards of his second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl and a new six-year contract will put the pressure on him to prove he can turn key situations into more than failed attempts to Michael Crabtree.
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