Circle April 29 as the newest most important day in Aldon Smith's life and career.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles.

A 49ers team already entangled in several police blotter items added another embarrassing incident to the list Sunday when troubled linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly saying he had a bomb.

The San Francisco 49ers crime crisis routine is set, and it would be mundane if it weren't so embarrassing for a franchise that is recently falling so short of its long-held ideals.

A day after he was linked to a police investigation in Miami, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted Friday that media reports linking him to sexual assault are “completely wrong” and that “sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up.”

Colin Kaepernick is not a stupid guy. Not by any means. This space has been used to proclaim his skills and value on multiple occasions.

California officials have fined a steel company nearly $37,000 in connection with the death of a worker at the site of the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium.

Miami police are looking into an incident involving 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, two other NFL players and a woman who claims she woke up in a hospital bed following a night of drinking with the players.

Colin Kaepernick did not have a good Thursday. But do not assume that his situation, sparked by these weird reports out of Miami, will lead to anything other than a lot of questions that probably will never be answered.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will help the 49ers break in their new stadium in August.

The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl, skipping Hawaii for the first time since 2010.

Perhaps the single-most intriguing 49ers item in the past two months was Jim Harbaugh’s hint last week that his offense will use more three-receiver packages in 2014.

LOS ANGELES-What a difference a (pro) day makes.

The NFL draft is a month away, and the 49ers have some important decisions to make about how they will approach it. See what The Bee's Matt Barrows had to say during Thursday's live chat.

Last week, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke adamantly denied contacting the Philadelphia Eagles about wide receiver DeSean Jackson. But he never denied having an interest in Jackson, who is a free agent after being released.

At its very core, the NFL Draft is a crapshoot so trying to predict the thing six weeks out is probably the ultimate exercise in futility.

Chris Culliver, whom the 49ers have been eying for one of their starting cornerback spots this season, was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and possession of an illegal weapon, according to a report by KTVU.

The 49ers are seeking wide receivers this offseason and, coach Jim Harbaugh hinted, perhaps some tweaks to their power-based offense.

If you were one of the thousands of 49ers fans screaming for a replay review on NaVorro Bowman’s obvious fumble recovery in the NFC Championship, your pleas have finally been heard. The NFL owners Wednesday passed the so-called “Bowman rule,” which will allow reviews on loose-ball scrambles like Bowman’s against Seattle.

Team owner Jed York says his general manager and coach are on the same page “95 percent of the time ... Five percent of the time it gets really interesting”

DeSean Jackson played at Cal, has been one of the NFL’s most dangerous deep threats over the past six seasons and is reportedly on the trade block.

The 49ers began discussing a contract extension for quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month, and coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday said it was “a high priority” to have that completed this offseason.

NaVorro Bowman became the unofficial face of the new rule proposal when, during the NFC Championship Game, he recovered a fumble by Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse at San Francisco’s 1-yard line. Although replays clearly showed Bowman was down by contact with the ball in his possession, Harbaugh was unable to challenge the ruling, and the Seahawks ended up with the ball because it was a non-reviewable play.

The 49ers were awarded a third-round draft pick, No. 100 overall, for the free agents they lost in 2013, including safety Dashon Goldson, who signed a multi-year deal with the Buccaneers.

Extra points have become far too easy in the NFL. But don’t tell that to the guys who kick them for a living.

Three years ago, Bruce Miller was an undersize defensive end at Central Florida who wondered if he would be drafted.

The 49ers had their sights set on draft-worthy quarterbacks Wednesday as coach Jim Harbaugh flew across the country to watch Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas while the team’s quarterbacks coach stayed closer to home for David Fales’ workout.

Coach Jim Harbaugh, who earlier this month lobbied for a better contract for top assistant Vic Fangio, got exactly that Tuesday when the defensive coordinator received a raise and an extension from the 49ers.

SANTA CLARA The 49ers have blown up the impressive secondary they built in 2011.

As Tarell Brown was signing a one-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, cornerback Chris Cook was signing a one-year contract on the other end of the bay.

The former first-round draft pick has much in common with former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

The former Miami Dolphins lineman, who left the team amid allegations of hazing inside the locker room, is looking forward to revitalizing his career with San Francisco.

The 49ers will get another crack at Julian Edelman. The team worked out the Redwood City product at their facility before the 2009 draft.

Jonathan Martin said he's exchanged texts with new linemate Joe Staley in the last two days and had a Twitter conversation with another linemate, Anthony Davis. "I can tell already that I'm going to get along just great with those guys," said Martin, whose trade from the Dolphins to the 49ers became official this afternoon.

Send us your tired, your poor, your wasted draft picks, your locker-room misfits and, for minimal compensation, we will take them and turn them into a winner.

On busy first day of NFL free agency, 49ers also lose safety Donte Whitner, sign safety Antoine Bethea and quarterback Blaine Gabbert and re-sign kicker Phil Dawson and cornerback Eric Wright.

NFL free agency begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT with three-fourths of the 49ers’ starting secondary headed for the open market.

Revisit the live chat as The Bee's Matt Barrows answered questions and led a chat focusing on the 49ers as they head into free agency.

The 49ers’ approach to free agency, which begins next week, is twofold: First, concentrate on re-signing their own free agents. Second, try to make sure their young, talented players never get to free agency in the first place.

For those just catching up, in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week Jim Harbaugh dumped a barrel of ice water on all the spicy-hot rumors that have been swirling since a Harbaugh-was-poised-for-Cleveland report surfaced Feb. 21.

The NFL is often referred to as a copycat league, but the better description may be "groupthink league," at least in a psychological sense.

– The lesson from the 49ers’ 2013 season: Colin Kaepernick and the team’s offense function a lot better when the quarterback has two, high-quality wide receivers to target.

Jim Harbaugh says there is "zero opportunity or chance" that he will leave the 49ers before his contract expires in two years. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Harbaugh refuted the notion that he wants to be the highest paid coach in the NFL or that he wants to wrestle power away from general manager Trent Baalke.

Instability at the top of the organization? A rift in the locker room? Unhappiness with Jim Harbaugh? Anquan Boldin acknowledged he doesn't pay much attention to offseason NFL news - "At this time of year, people grab at whatever," he said - but he did laugh when he read about the recent drama involving Harbaugh and the 49ers yesterday.

One of the best things about the annual NFL Scouting Combine is getting unfiltered access to the prospects themselves.

With veteran Jonathan Goodwin a pending free agent, prognosticators had the 49ers looking for a center in the upcoming draft. It turns out the team’s future center has been on the squad all along.

See what The Bee's Matt Barrows and others had to say during a live chat to discuss the 49ers in the wake of the NFL combine.

The Jim Harbaugh-to-Cleveland story has taken on a he-said, she-said, Browns-said quality. The truth usually lies somewhere in the middle, but in this case, it seems to skew toward the 49ers’ side of the story.

Speed is great when it comes to NFL cornerbacks. But size can be better.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who grew up a 49ers fan in Stockton, said he’d “love to blow the top off” of defenses for his favorite team.

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