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A collection of San Francisco 49ers related links for Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is never one to shy away from putting his foot in his mouth. He wrote an article a few days ago about the Minnesota Vikings’ looming cap issues in 2020 in which he dropped this little tidbit...

”And the Vikings may, depending on what happens in San Francisco this year with Jimmy Garoppolo, find that trade partner in Kyle Shanahan, who served as Washington offensive coordinator in 2012 when Cousins was drafted and who had been regarded as a serious Cousins suitor before the decision to trade for and then to sign Garoppolo to a five-year deal that pays out, on average, $27.5 million per year.”

If you add the qualifier that Garoppolo proves to be ineffective in 2019, then I could maybe (if I squint really hard) see this happening, but I really think we’d just draft a replacement at that point. This speculation wouldn’t be as big a deal if he didn’t follow that article up with a video discussing this happening with Chris Simms, in which Simms decided to join in on the madness stating, “Kirk Cousins is more talented than Jimmy Garoppolo...”

Now I don’t know how other people view Cousins, but I just don’t see it. The natural argument against Jimmy would be sample size. Cousins has had more starts and has proven capable of starting in this league, but during that 5 game stretch at the end of the 2017 season, Jimmy elevated the play of the players around him. He just looked special while he took a team with a roster and record that screamed 1-10 and proceeded to win 5 straight. Others may disagree with this assessment seeing as how Cousins didn’t exactly have a plethora of talent on those Washington teams, but he didn’t exactly light the world on fire either.

I could continue dragging you all down into the abyss that is my admitted bias against Florio, but I’ll end it here with a disclaimer that my thoughts do not reflect the thoughts of Niners Nation and let you get to the real reason you came here:

The Links...

Florio doubles down on Kirk Cousins-to-49ers speculation; Simms calls Cousins ‘more talented’ than Jimmy Garoppolo (David Bonilla, 49ers Webzone)

Dante Pettis’ progress clear to 49ers teammates, coaches at minicamp (Jennifer Lee Chan, NBC Sports)

Examining 49ers’ backup QB competition of C.J. Beathard, Nick Mullens (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)

San Francisco 49ers: A reminder just how good Trent Taylor can be (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)

49ers’ Fred Warner already forming bond with injured Kwon Alexander (Jennifer Lee Chan, NBC Sports)

3 things that need to happen for the San Francisco 49ers to make the playoffs (Mitchell Blahut, Clutch Points)

49ers’ O-line coach considers Joshua Garnett a ‘legitimate’ contender for a starting job (David Bonilla, 49ers Webzone)

Around the NFL...

10 former college stars facing now-or-never NFL seasons (Kevin Boilard, 247 Sports)

Josh McCown’s Farewell (for Now), Todd Gurley’s Knee, Michael Thomas’s Looming Payday and More NFL Notes (Albert Breer, The MMQB)

Veterans who could be cut by each of the NFL’s 32 teams (NFL Nation)

NFL Division Power Rankings: NFC North stands above the rest (Gregg Rosenthal, Around the NFL)

Which NFL team could become the next Patriots-style dynasty? Here are the most likely candidates (Brett Anderson, CBS Sports)

Which NFL team can finally win its first Super Bowl this season? (Christian D’Andrea, SBNation)