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49ers ship P Lee to Browns

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns acquired four-time All- Pro punter Andy Lee Saturday in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Cleveland will send the rebuilding 49ers an undisclosed draft choice, which NFL.com reported to be a 2017 seventh-round pick, in exchange for Lee, who set a league record with a 44.0-yard net punting average in 2011 and was named an All-Pro four...

49ers ship P Lee to Browns

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns acquired four-time All- Pro punter Andy Lee Saturday in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Cleveland will send the rebuilding 49ers an undisclosed draft choice, which NFL.com reported to be a 2017 seventh-round pick, in exchange for Lee, who set a league record with a 44.0-yard net punting average in 2011 and was named an All-Pro four...

49ers OT Davis, 25, walking away from football

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Another young San Francisco 49ers player is walking away from the game. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis, 25, said Friday he will "take a year or so" off from the NFL to get healthy. The 49ers said Davis informed them he plans to retire. "This will be a time for me to allow my brain and body a chance to heal," Davis said in a statement released to media outlets...

Extra Points: McDonald mess highlights hypocrisy

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - There are slippery slopes and then there are avalanches. You can never say never in a league based solely on results, but it looks as if Ray McDonald has effectively ended his NFL career due to his abhorrent off- the-field behavior. That's a just outcome, but it's not enough for some. USA Today columnist Nancy Armour has advocated the Chicago Bears also should...

49ers' Justin Smith retires after 14-year NFL career

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that defensive lineman Justin Smith has decided to retire after 14 NFL seasons. "As a football coach, you will always be searching for the next Justin Smith, knowing full well you will never find a player quite like him," said 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula. "Everybody knows about his toughness, durability, and...

49ers ink first-round pick Armstead

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive lineman Arik Armstead, their first-round selection in the 2015 draft, to a four-year contract on Friday. Armstead, drafted 17th overall out of Oregon, registered 46 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 13 games as a junior in 2014. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Sacramento, California...

49ers sign QB Dylan Thompson

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed nine undrafted free agents on Tuesday, including former South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson. Thompson set a South Carolina school record and led the SEC with 3,564 passing yards last season. He completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 26 touchdowns. Of the remaining eight undrafted free agents, five were...

Chargers take Gordon after trade with 49ers

By The Sports Network, 2 months 4 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The first trade of the 2015 NFL Draft wasn't the one many were expecting. The San Diego Chargers traded their fourth-round pick and 2016 fifth-rounder to move up two spots from the 17th selection to No. 15. San Diego used that pick to select running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. Gordon was the second running back selected in the first round, taken...

San Francisco 49ers 2015 Draft Preview

By The Sports Network, 3 months 5 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke hasn't been real conventional in recent months basically running off a coaching heavyweight, Jim Harbaugh, for a guy, Jim Tomsula, who came off like a "Saturday Night Live" skit in some early interviews. For that reason the 49ers are a wild card in this process because Baalke's not afraid to think outside the box. With Justin...

49ers great St. Clair dies at 84

By The Sports Network, 3 months 1 week ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle who played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, died Monday at the age of 84. St. Clair played for the 49ers from 1953-63, appearing in 119 games, and was a member of the University of San Francisco's undefeated 1951 team. "Bob was a great San Franciscan who along with his '51 Dons teammates...