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49ers release WR Stevie Johnson

By The Sports Network, 2 years 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 years 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 years 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: Niners' Willis to retire

By The Sports Network, 2 years 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...

49ers keep backup TE Carrier

By The Sports Network, 2 years 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: OL Iupati to sign with Cardinals

By The Sports Network, 2 years 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...

Dockett heading to San Francisco

By The Sports Network, 2 years 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...

49ers sign rugby star Jarryd Hayne

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 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 years 1 month 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 years 1 month 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...