Singletary cancels final day of minicamp for 49ers

A successful offseason program for the San Francisco 49ers will be capped off today with the end of a minicamp that will be cut short a day early.

Coach Mike Singletary, who has multiple paid appearances in the Chicago area beginning Saturday morning, announced that the two practices scheduled for Saturday in Santa Clara, Calif., have been cancelled.

“We have one more practice this afternoon and that will conclude our offseason,” Singletary said after the early session today. “The guys get away, they come back and we get ready to go in training camp.”

The National Football Post reported that Singletary has an autograph signing and speaking engagements scheduled in the Chicago area for Father’s Day weekend, beginning Saturday morning. If the 49ers were going to hold practices Saturday, they were going to do so without the head coach. He also has an appearance at Willow Creek Community Church, a church he belonged to when he lived in the Chicago area.

“We’re out of here,” Singletary said of his plans for Saturday. “Coaches and players are out of here.

“These guys have worked hard, worked their tails off all offseason. The attendance has been high with the exception of the guys like Aubrayo (Franklin), Nate (Clements) and Shawntae (Spencer). I knew they were not going to be here, but I also knew very early on that the last date of this, we were not going to do it, simply because of the guys that have been here, the guys that have worked their tails off. The coaches have done what I’ve asked them to do. We planned this awhile ago.”

“(Players) always know I’m going to give them a bone somewhere. The coaches knew a while ago. I told them we’re not going to do Saturday. It worked out well.”

That ought to make coaches, players and staff alike happy that they are cut loose a day early. Otherwise, mandatory minicamp just wasn’t going to be mandatory.

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