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2015 NFL Training Camp Dates and Locations

By Mark Ross, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and won't officially open defense of their title until Sept. 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the 2015 NFL regular season. However, the real work for Bill Belichick's team begins July 23 when rookies report to training camp in Foxborough, Mass. Baltimore, Cleveland and New Orleans get a...

San Francisco 49ers 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 1 week ago
After leading the 49ers to the NFC title game three times and the Super Bowl once in his first three years, Jim Harbaugh saw his reign in San Francisco end with a tumultuous, dysfunctional 8–8 season. Harbaugh says he was pushed out by 49ers owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke. The team claims there was a “mutual” decision to part ways. The bottom line is the 49ers...

NFC West Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015

By Josh Hamburger, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The NFC West managed to be a strong division last year, even with the 49ers disappointing and only going 8-8. This division has many strengths, however, with plenty of potential to send multiple teams to the playoffs once again. There should definitely be some late-season drama as teams jockey for postseason positioning. Related: NFC North Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015...

49ers ship P Lee to Browns

By The Sports Network, 2 months 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 ship P Lee to Browns

By The Sports Network, 2 months 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, 2 months 4 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 2 weeks 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, 3 months 2 weeks 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, 3 months 4 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...