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14 Things to Watch During the 2014 NFL Season

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 weeks ago
The start of NFL training camps is still several weeks away and the 2014 regular season won’t kick off until September, but for all intents and purposes, America’s game has become a year-round sport. So to help whet your appetite for some pigskin while counting down the days until the action returns to the gridiron, here are 14 storylines that will help shape how this season...

Niners' Davis no-show to mini camp

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 1 week ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is holding out of mini-camp.Davis has two years left on a five-year extension he signed in 2010 and now feels like he deserves more.In a piece he wrote for SI.com's Monday Morning Quarterback column, Davis feels he is worth more money."In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million...

49ers CB Wright retires

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 1 week ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - After seven NFL seasons, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Eric Wright announced his retirement Tuesday.Wright played in seven regular-season games and two playoff games for the 49ers last season after signing as a free agent."After seven NFL seasons, I am announcing my retirement from professional football," said Wright. "Playing was the fulfillment of a...

Kaepernick, two others cleared in Florida case

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 2 weeks ago
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not face charges stemming from an incident at a Miami hotel in April.The Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, in a memo released Thursday, said there was insufficient evidence against Kaepernick and two other NFL players -- Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton.On April...

Extra Points: 49ers are being cautious with Kaepernick

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 3 weeks ago
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The devil is always in the details and in the case of Colin Kaepernick, his multi-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers is not nearly as breathtaking as it appeared at first glance.When Kaepernick took quill pen to paper on Wednesday in Santa Clara, California, it was reported as a a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season which could pay...

49ers give Kaepernick six-year mega extension

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 3 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - What a difference a few years make.Colin Kaepernick, a backup two seasons ago, now has the money to prove he's developed into one of the NFL's top quarterbacks.The San Francisco 49ers made Kaepernick their franchise quarterback Wednesday, signing him to a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season.The deal will pay Kaepernick up to $126 million, with...

Niners sign LB Costanzo

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 3 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Blake Costanzo to a one-year contract on Tuesday.Costanzo totaled nine tackles and a forced fumble in 16 games for the Chicago Bears last season, his second with the franchise.Heading into his eighth pro season out of Lafayette, the 30-year-old New Jersey native has compiled 72 tackles and forced five fumbles for the...

49ers sign draft picks Ward, Borland

By Anonymous (not verified), 3 months 6 days ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed draft picks Jimmie Ward and Chris Borland on Thursday.Ward, a 5-foot-11 safety from Northern Illinois, was taken in the first round with the No. 30 pick. He had 319 tackles and 11 interceptions in three seasons for the Huskies.Borland was one of three third-round picks by San Francisco, selected 77th overall. The 5-foot-11...

49ers LB Smith pleads no contest

By Anonymous (not verified), 3 months 1 week ago
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest to three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles and two misdemeanors for driving under the influence.Wednesday's plea came in Santa Clara County Superior Court, according to several media outlets.Smith is scheduled to be sentenced July 25, which is less than two weeks before the 49ers...

49ers sign RB Hyde

By Anonymous (not verified), 3 months 1 week ago
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed running back Carlos Hyde and cornerback Dontae Johnson to four-year deals on Thursday.Hyde was San Francisco's second-round pick, 57th overall, of this year's draft out of Ohio State.In four seasons with the Buckeyes, he played in 41 games with 20 starts and totaled 3,198 rushing yards on 523 carries with 37 touchdowns, while...