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Report: OL Iupati to sign with Cardinals

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 1 week 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...

Dockett heading to San Francisco

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 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...

49ers sign rugby star Jarryd Hayne

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne to a three-year contact on Tuesday. Hayne picked the 49ers over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. The 27-year-old Hayne has spent the past nine years (2006-14) in the National Rugby League (NRL) with the Parramatta Eels. In 2014, Hayne won numerous Dally M Awards, which are...

NFL Draft: NFC Team Needs

By John Gworek, 2 months 16 hours ago
The NFL Combine is under way, so it’s a good time to take a look at what each team might be looking for in Indianapolis.  Keep in mind these could change once teams start adding free agents on March 10, so we’ll revisit this just before the Draft in late April.Here are the top needs for each NFC team: NFC EAST Washington RedskinsFirst-Round Pick: No. 5What They Need:...

49ers announce 2015 coaching staff

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula formally announced the team's coaching staff on Monday. "Our staff is a collection of passionate coaches who have wide-ranging experience at every level of the game," said Tomsula. "This is a group of talented communicators who take great pride in helping players maximize their abilities. Throughout the staff...

Grading the NFL’s New Coaching Hires

By Mark Ross, 2 months 1 week ago
For the second offseason in a row, seven NFL teams have hired new head coaches. Unlike last year, however, the most recent coaching carousel took a few unexpected turns. While Atlanta, Chicago and the Jets all fired their head coach on Dec. 29, the day after the regular season ended (also known as Black Monday), the most surprising dismissal came when Denver fired its head coach the day...

Early Super Bowl 50 Contenders for the 2015 season

By Mark Ross, 2 months 2 weeks ago
For a fourth time in their history, the New England Patriots are the champions of the NFL. While the party is just getting started in Foxboro, Mass., and for Patriots fans worldwide, the rest of the league’s focus has already shifted to the 2015 season. While the next game that counts is more than seven months away, it’s not too early to hazard a guess as to which teams could be...

49ers name Gamble senior personnel executive

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Gamble has returned to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive. Gamble spent the past two seasons as the vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. The two sides decided to part ways on Dec. 31. His previous tenure with the 49ers began in 2005 and spanned eight seasons, including his last two as the director...

Ranking the 15 Greatest Plays in Super Bowl History

By Braden Gall, 2 months 4 weeks ago
What defines a great play? Degree of difficulty? Gravity of the moment? The greatness of the players involved and their place in NFL history? Entertainment factor? How about all of the above. Game-winning touchdowns, heroic out-of-body experiences, historic moments and even some hilarious gaffes — looking at you Garo Yepremian — all make the Super Bowl the greatest sporting...