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49ers add OL Pears

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 9 hours ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed veteran offensive lineman Erik Pears to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Pears has started 86 games over a 10-year career, including all 16 over the past two seasons while then a member of the Buffalo Bills. The 32-year-old was the Bills' regular right tackle in 2013 before kicking inside to right guard...

Extra Points: Here's hoping Borland isn't used

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 9 hours ago
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Chris Borland sent shock waves through the football world Monday night, announcing his retirement from the game at the tender age of 24. Borland told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he was worried about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma, an issue that's been raised in recent years as studies have linked the...

Chris Borland Retires, Doesn't Spell Doom for NFL

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 22 hours ago
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland shocked the NFL world by retiring after a stellar rookie season at age 24. It’s an important, courageous decision not made lightly by a player who is thinking well beyond his playing years. He isn’t the first player to step away from the game early and he won’t be the last. Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Robert Smith...

49ers LB Borland, 24, says he's retiring

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 1 day ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland says he's retiring at the age of 24 over concerns about brain trauma. Borland told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he was worried about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma, an issue that's been raised in recent years as studies have linked the sport with neurodegenerative diseases. "I just honestly want to do what...

Reggie Bush signing with 49ers

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 3 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Reggie Bush is heading back home to California, as the former USC star running back has agreed to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Bush, released by the Detroit Lions last month, announced his intentions via Twitter on Saturday. "The best is yet to come #49ers", Bush tweeted. Bush delivered his second career 1,000-yard rushing season with the Lions in 2013...

49ers release WR Stevie Johnson

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers released wide receiver Stevie Johnson on Thursday. Johnson was acquired by the 49ers in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last May and finished with 35 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games this past season. A seventh-round pick of the Bills in 2008, Johnson has caught 336 passes for 4,267 yards and 31...

49ers sign Torrey Smith

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - While the San Francisco 49ers continue to deal with a slew of offseason defections, the team made a significant addition on Wednesday's second day of free agency. The 49ers announced that they have reached an agreement on a five-year contract with wide receiver Torrey Smith, who joins the club after four productive seasons with the Baltimore Ravens....

Niners' Willis decides to call it a career

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 9 hours ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis made it official Tuesday and has announced his retirement. Willis spent each of his eight seasons with San Francisco and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. He joined fellow linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Derrick Thomas as the only defensive players since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to be selected to the Pro...

Report: Niners' Willis to retire

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 1 day ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Willis will reportedly announce his retirement after eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Yahoo! Sports and NFL.com reported the news, saying the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker will make it official on Tuesday. The 30-year-old veteran played just six games last season because of a toe injury that eventually required surgery. He registered 34 tackles...

Report: OL Iupati to sign with Cardinals

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 1 day ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Free-agent guard Mike Iupati plans to leave the San Francisco 49ers and sign with the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN. No deal can become official until free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. In five seasons with the 49ers, Iupati started in 75 games. He is coming off three consecutive Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 2012. Iupati was drafted by...