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Chris Borland Retires, Doesn't Spell Doom for NFL

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week 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 months 1 week 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 months 2 weeks 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 months 2 weeks 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 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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: OL Iupati to sign with Cardinals

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks 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...

49ers keep backup TE Carrier

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Derek Carrier to a two-year contract extension through the 2017 season. Carrier has appeared in 16 games (one start) over the past two seasons with San Francisco, recording nine catches for 105 yards. Last season, he was placed on injured reserve in late November with a foot injury. The 24-year-old...

Report: Niners' Willis to retire

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks 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...

Dockett heading to San Francisco

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers and defensive lineman Darnell Dockett have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Dockett, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, was released by the Arizona Cardinals last week. He missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a knee injury in training camp. The 33-year-old veteran had spent his entire career with the Cardinals, who...