The NFL owners meetings continued yesterday and Jim Harbaugh was on hand to talk to the media about, well, lots of stuff. He covered everything from an injury Colin Kaepernick sustained and recovered from, to Frank Gore's future with team. I believe I remember talk about Kaepernick being banged up earlier in the season, but I don't think we ever heard he was actually injured. That might explain the sluggishness of the offense from that portion of the season. According to Jim Harbaugh, Frank Gore will have three more productive seasons. Sure, I can see it, Frank is an all time 49er and I would love it if he finished his career with the team. That being said, at the start of free agency, I was definitely on the restructure/cut bandwagon with Frank, but I'm glad they didn't do anything. They don't need the space this season and it would suck to see an all time 49er leave that way.
Another interesting nugget from the Harbaugh talks was the possibility for changes in the offense. They have clearly been looking at WRs that would not make much sense if the offense sticks to the status quo of lots of one and two WR sets. Personally, I would love it if they dumped all of the jumbo packages from the playbook and replaced them with more spread out formations. With the blocking ability of our WRs and TEs, the offense should be able to maintain balance even from passing formations. Alas, I'm not holding my breath on anything major, a few more three wide sets would be nice. To the links.
49ers roundup: two players re-signed, Kap extension seems likely, York/Baalke/Harbaugh get on same page (BASG)
Harbaugh continues to praise Kaepernick in want of an extension (Gin)
Jim Harbaugh transcript, Part 1: On Kaepernick deserving big money, his early-2013 foot injury, and the need to get him another receiver (Kawakami)
Jim Harbaugh 'laid awake' thinking about Super Bowl (NFL)
Harbaugh: 'Frank has three more good years' (Maiocco)
Harbaugh noticed Kaepernick's early-season foot injury (Maiocco)
Harbaugh hints at changes to 49ers' offense (Barrows)
As Bowman rehabs, 49ers look to add linebacker depth (Maiocco)
Aldon Smith receives support, space from 49ers (Maiocco)
NFL owners pass "Bowman rule," will experiment with longer extra points (Barrows)
Five NFL Rule Changes and How They Affect 49ers (49ers)
Rule changes would've impacted 49ers-Seahawks games (Maiocco)