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Just like old times, Joe Montana and Steve Young have contradictory opinions.

While Montana believes fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s lack of employment is justified, his former teammate is startled to see the pass-thrower without a team.

“I’m surprised, even with the situation last year with the kneel-down during the national anthem, that people can’t see through that and see, here’s a good player that wants to play and is not toxic in the locker room,” Young told KNBR of Kaepernick, according to Daniel Mano of The Mercury News. “But he’s got to fit too. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it.

“If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet – that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”

Young understands teams’ potential skepticism of Kaepernick’s focus and says he would want to “look him in the eye” when discussing the quarterback’s commitment to football.

Kaepernick was briefly linked to the Seattle Seahawks this spring, but a contract was not reached. He has reportedly had no other interest from potential suitors.

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Joe Montana doesn’t seem bothered by Colin Kaepernick‘s inability to land a new NFL contract. In fact, it makes perfect sense to him.

While some claim Kaepernick’s acts of protest have led to his unemployment, the Hall of Famer believes his fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s playing style doesn’t jell with the NFL’s current state.

“That style of quarterback, everybody thought was going to take over the NFL,” Montana told For The Win’s Charles Curtis on Tuesday, referring to Kaepernick’s tendency to play outside the pocket. “You look at guys who had success in college, that only had success one year. Usually those guys, the next year, it’s very difficult on them.”

Kaepernick looked like he was on his way to becoming a star when he broke through as a starter in 2012 and 2013, using his legs as his primary weapon, but struggled in the following three seasons.

“The league has figured out how to defend it,” said Montana. “If I’m playing defense, I want the quarterback to run so I can hit him. In the pocket, you can’t really hit him. So you look at Tim Tebow – he’s a great guy, does a lot of great things. But when you complete 40-something percent of your passes, even in the low 50s, you’re not going to make it.”

Kaepernick’s completion percentage has never dipped below 58.4 percent over a season in his six seasons, though his career high is only 62.4 percent.

Montana admits he has some admiration for Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, but he understands how those demonstrations could affect the quarterback’s job prospects as well.

“I’m sure there are some distraction issues,” Montana said. “When we were playing with Bill Walsh, if you were a distraction, he didn’t care how good you were, if you didn’t mix in with the team, you weren’t there very long.”

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Nearly four months after opting out his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. Now, well into the summer, Kaepernick is receiving unsolicited advice from the unlikeliest of sources.

49ers general manager John Lynch believes that Kaepernick would be well-served by releasing a statement, confirming his desire to play professional football. Lynch previously stated that Kaepernick would’ve been released by the 49ers if he hadn’t opted out of his previous deal.

“I think the way you could best help yourself is not to have someone talk for you, not have statements, but go sit down and give an interview and let people know where you stand because he makes a compelling case as to how bad he wants to be in the league when you talk to him,” Lynch said recently of Kaepernick during a radio appearance on KNBR.

Lynch’s comments appear to be somewhat disingenuous, seeing that the 49ers would’ve released Kaepernick under his oversight.

The executive clarified that he believes Kaepernick wants to play football, but there’s a perception that exists that he’s solely focused on protesting police brutality and racial inequality.

“I would tell you with my conversations with Colin, he is fully committed to wanting to be in this league,” Lynch said. “I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?’ At a position where the guys who succeed at the position are the guys who live it, breathe it, the CEOs at that position. And I think there is a perception that football is not at the top of the list.”

In any event, the timing of Lynch’s comments are certainly curious, as Kaepernick remains on the open market despite a bevy of lesser quarterbacks receiving contracts this summer.

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The city of Santa Clara, Calif. learned the hard way that the NFL is a ruthless business.

After partnering with the San Francisco 49ers to build and finance Levi’s Stadium, the city of Santa Clara found itself overmatched in negotiations and now faces a mountain of debt that local political officials are unsure how to overcome.

Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor recently described the situation to John Diaz of the San Francisco Chronicle as a “David and Goliath” scenario, as the city did not have the expertise or resources to be certain it would see a return on its investment in a new stadium.

“We learned we cannot trust the 49ers,” Gillmor said. “They are our partners, but they have exploited what we’ve tried to do in the city.

“They recognized the fact that we were ill prepared … they were professional; they knew what they were doing.”

Ground was broken on the $1.2-billion stadium in 2012 before the venue officially opened in July 2014. Gillmor admits she was in favor of bringing the stadium to Santa Clara when it was proposed in 2010, but has since regretted her initial belief.

The 49ers pay a league-high $24.5 million in rent and want to negotiate the cost down as they enter their fourth year in the venue, but Gillmore claims she has no way of verifying the checks and balances. The 49ers keep all football revenue but share all non-football profits with Santa Clara.

“We are not able to verify the numbers they give us,” Gillmor said. “They lump them together without detailed financial information in dozens of areas. Dozens.”

The city and team are just four years into their 40-year lease.

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The neighborhood being built on the former grounds of Candlestick Park will honor some of the best San Francisco 49ers to ever play at the site.

At a ceremony at city hall on Sunday, former Niners greats were awarded with street names in the new community that will feature more than 7,000 homes.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was presented with a sign that read “Joe Montana Drive,” but he asked for the honor to be revised to include his former wide receiver Dwight Clark, who is currently battling ALS. Montana asked for the street name to be called “Montana-Clark Drive.”

“When his name goes up on here, they could lower the speed limit. Because we know Dwight wasn’t very fast,” Montana quipped to Clark and the assembled crowd, Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Other streets in the community to be named after 49ers include “Jerry Rice Road,” “Edward J. DeBartolo Way” (for the team’s former owner), and “Carmen Policy Avenue” (for the former team executive).

The 49ers played at Candlestick Park from 1971 to 2013.

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John Lynch may be in his first year as the San Francisco 49ers‘ general manager, but he’s not just going to sit back and be content with what he’s got.

Holding the second overall pick at the 2017 NFL Draft, Lynch and the 49ers are looking at every possible move they can make with the selection.

“Yes. From Day 1 – why wouldn’t you be? A lot of people keep talking about (the No. 2 pick) like it’s a burden,” Lynch told the team website when asked if he is open to trading the pick. “It’s not a burden, it’s a tremendous asset, and it gives us a ton of options. We can sit pat and find a game-changing player who’s going to help us win championships in San Francisco.

“It’s a coveted pick, and so a lot of people want that. I think we’re in a great place with that. We’re being aggressive in exploring every option, and we’ll continue to do that right down to draft day.”

The 49ers need to find a quarterback, as they’re set to have none under contract when the official 2017 year begins, but they could be better off trading down and assessing their options later in the draft.

Last year, the Cleveland Browns made out quite well by trading away the second overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, acquiring two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and two fourth-round picks.

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It may have been more than a disagreement with an official that had Jim Harbaugh in such a foul mood through his four-year tenure as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Now that Harbaugh has found more success and happiness as Michigan’s head coach, he’s opening up about his time with the 49ers, which he did Thursday during Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami‘s podcast. Harbaugh was humble about his 44-19-1 record with the 49ers, but hinted the current ownership team, led by Jed York, made things more difficult than necessary.

“I think we did set a record for coaching there the longest under the present ownership,” Harbaugh said, according to KNBR. “I take pride in that. Maybe there should be an endurance medal, a courage medal, for that.”

Since York took over as team president in 2008, the 49ers have seen five head coaches, with only two lasting more than one season.

Harbaugh admitted he hasn’t spoke to York since leaving the 49ers and declined to make any further comments about the CEO’s failures.

“I’m not in the mood to pile on,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh also praised new 49ers general manager John Lynch despite the former safety’s total lack of front-office experience.

“I would love to work for John Lynch,” Harbaugh said. “When they were going through the process of the hiring, he didn’t want his name mentioned. I don’t know if a lot of people noticed that but I think that’s a profound thing. That speaks volumes for who he is as a person.”