At this very moment, the 49ers are preparing for next month's college draft. So let's pretend we are in one of those pre-draft meetings.
In a story April 16, The Associated Press reported that a judge had again denied preliminary approval of a $765 million NFL concussion settlement. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody clarified Thursday that the ruling was not new but was a clerical move to add her January denial to all pending cases.
Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who spent his first three seasons with the 49ers a decade ago, is back after signing a one-year deal with the team Tuesday.
According to an NFL source, Chris Culliver was with Aldon Smith in the Southwest terminal on Sunday, same flight, but was not involved in any of the trouble. Culliver is not presumed to have been spending time with Smith in LA. It's possible Culliver just happened to be there and was flying back on same flight.
In the past several years, the 49ers have felt their locker room – led by hardworking players such as Justin Smith and Patrick Willis – could handle talented players with so-called character concerns. That notion, we can now say with certainty, was wishful thinking.