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49ers’ Justin Smith announces retirement from NFL

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that DT Justin Smith will retire from the National Football League. “Tough. Physical. Durable. Hard-working. Dedicated. Selfless. Justin embodies each of those qualities and brought even more with him to work each and every day,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Whether it was chasing down a wide receiver...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

49ers NaVorro Bowman ‘Looking Great’ After Recovering From Knee Injury

After losing both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this winter, the San Francisco 49ers desperately need inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman at full strength for the upcoming season. To this point in the team’s offseason workouts, 49ers coaches couldn’t be more thrilled with what they are seeing. Remember, Bowman suffered a gruesome knee injury during the 2013 NFC Championship game...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons the San Francisco 49ers will finish last in the NFC West this year

Yesterday our own Michael Lococo wrote an article listing three reasons why San Francisco 49ers fans should feel good about this coming season. Today, I’m here to bring you back down to reality. The Niners are playing in the toughest division in football and I can’t see them finishing any higher than fourth place. Here are five reasons why… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: Ten...
Via cover32
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Three reasons San Francisco 49ers fans should feel good about next season

We all have first days on the job and this is a first one for me. This is my first time writing for on the San Francisco 49ers. I can’t wait. The 49ers are a special team, the team of the 1980s. They’re one of very few teams to field back to back Hall of Fame quarterbacks. They’ve won Superbowls and dominated the West Coast for years regardless of conference. They are also...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

49ers ‘remain interested’ in signing LB Lance Briggs

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers “remain interested in signing” seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs, reports CSNBayArea.com. Briggs, 34, is an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire 12-year career with the Chicago Bears.  Beginning Wednesday, teams can sign any player and does not count against the NFL’s formula for awarding compensatory...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Aldon Smith is taking on a leadership role

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith is taking on a role he has never experienced before as a professional.  With Patrick Willis retiring and Frank Gore leaving in free agency someone needed to step up and take on the extra responsibility. Smith told the 49ers official website he feels comfortable in a leadership role. “It’s a role I’m comfortable with,” Smith...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

49ers draft DE Arik Armstead with the No. 17 pick

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers selected Arik Armstead with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He showed a lot of talent as a defensive end with the Oregon Ducks, and is a massive body. There are some concerns about him, and quite a few believe that this pick was a bit too high for Armstead. That being said, he did end up recording 46 tackles, 2...
Via Sports-Glory
22 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Draft Preview: Wide Receiver

For San Francisco 49ers fans, it has been a tumultuous offseason starting with the “mutual” departure of Jim Harbaugh after their final regular season game. Compounded with the unexpected retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, the departure of Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, and Michael Crabtree in free agency, and the uncertainty of Justin Smith’s future, the 49ers looks...
Via isportsweb.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Vegas has a lot of people betting against the 49ers

It shouldn't really come as much of a surprise that not many people think the 49ers are going to do very well next year. The 49ers have had one of the roughest off seasons of all time. It started with losing their coach. They then lost Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement. They have moved on from their two starting cornerbacks in Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver. And they...
Via Fox Sports
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The time is ripe for 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite to get an extension

This offseason has not been kind to the San Francisco 49ers organization or their fans. A number of key players have left in free agency, and a couple more have retired. Nowhere has the sting been felt more accutely than at the linebacker position, which has seen Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retire, and Chase Thomas go down with an ACL injury. Also, Navorro Bowman is still recovering...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings Draft | Previous 15 Years of the 11th Overall Selection

The Vikings hold (as of now) the 11th overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft. Nobody has much of a clue on what the Viking are thinking and all we can do now is guess and come up with reasons on why they should take a guy like Trae Waynes, Brandon Scherff or DeVante Parker. What we DO know is who has gone 11th overall the past 15 years. While there have been a few misses, the 11th...
Via DraftSeason
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Train Like a Pro: Patrick Willis's Upper-Body Strength Workout

Patrick Willis, former linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, was known for his elite tackling ability—and his knack for striking fear into his opponents' eyes. Although Willis recently retired from
Via Stack
April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman Getting in a Serious Leg Workout

After losing Patrick Willis and Chris Boreland the San Francisco 49ers are going to really need NaVarro Bowman to come back better than ever when he returns from a knee injury this coming season. His recovery must be going well for him to be lifting the weight that he was during a recent leg workout he posted videos online from.Not bad NaVorro. Not bad. God is good..... A video...
Via FatManWriting
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers to Host Lance Briggs for a Visit

Fresh off the stunning developments of both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retiring, the San Francisco 49ers are in desperate need of depth at inside linebacker. While many have focused on the draft as a medium for San Francisco to find a starter next to NaVorro Bowman, it’s more likely the team will go the veteran route. That’s where seven-time Pro Bowl performer Lance Briggs...
Via Sportsnaut
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Breakdown: NFC West Division

Starting today, I am doing a division by division breakdown of possible draft options in the upcoming NFL draft. I will be starting with the NFC West and will follow up with the AFC West next. Arizona Cardinals: Needs: RB, OL, TE, CB, DT, OLB Possible first round players: Eddie Goldman (DT), Marcus Peters (CB), La’el Collins (OT), Vic Beasley (OLB), Denzel Perryman (ILB), TJ...
Via isportsweb.com
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers showing interest in LB Lance Briggs

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers considered the linebacker position one of their strongest positions last season, but now it is one of their weakest. After losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, there are quite a few question marks looking ahead to next season. According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers are considering signing former Chicago...
Via Sports-Glory
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Fans Have to Love Linebacker NaVorro Bowman's Schedule

The San Francisco 49ers have had an rough off-season when it comes to linebackers. First, there was the retirement of Patrick Willis at the tender age of 30. The general perception was that the team would be fine since Chris Borland had done really well while playing for an injured Willis last season--but he retired. Tack on the injury to back up linebacker Chase Thomas and it almost...
Via FatManWriting
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cory’s Corner: Early retirements send a strong message to the NFL

The NFL has to be on red-alert by now. When Jake Locker decided to step away from the game, many were surprised that the eighth overall pick in 2011 left a decent amount of money on the table. But now 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is calling it quits. This is earth-shattering news for someone that just got his NFL feet wet last year. Borland started eight games last season as a...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

When it rains it pours: The San Francisco 49ers have lost another linebacker

Yikes. It’s no longer a laughing matter, being a San Francisco 49ers fan. This has to be one of the worst offseasons any NFL team has ever had and it’s getting worse by the minute… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: Ten rule changes the NFL should make immediately Bold Prediction: Five things that will happen during the NFL’s version of March Madness The Niners have already lost...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: 49ers legend Patrick Willis blasts critics of Chris Borland’s decision

Two San Francisco 49ers linebackers have retired this offseason. One of them is Patrick Willis, who played eight seasons and over one hundred games in his incredible career. The other is Chris Borland, who is just 24 years old and played one year. The reason Borland is hanging it up is due to his concerns about head injuries. A lot of people think it was a brave decision, but not...
Via cover32
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Borland Leaves the Dream Behind Due to Health Concerns

Tre Mason #27 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Chris Borland #50 of the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Around a week ago the NFL world was shocked when San Francisco 49er linebacker, Patrick Willis, announced his retirement at the age of 30. Willis chose to retire after making the Pro Bowl seven out...
Via The Sports Journal
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Borland retires from NFL after one season

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that linebacker Chris Borland will retire from the NFL. “While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “From speaking with Chris, it was evident that he had put a great deal of thought into this decision. He was a consummate professional from day...
Via Sports-Glory
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers’ Chris Borland Announces Retirement At Age 24 Due To Concussion Concerns

Chris Borland was set to take Patrick Willis’ place when the San Francisco 49ers linebacker retired on March 10, but instead he’ll retire himself. The 24-year-old, who had just one NFL season under his belt, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Monday that concussion concerns are the reason for the abrupt end to his promising career. Borland said...
Via NESN.com
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Lose Another Defender With Linebacker Chris Borland Retiring

When Patrick Willis announced that he was retiring it did not sting too bad with rookie Chris Borland playing as well as he did last season. However, it looks like the 49ers might have to go with a linebacker with their first round pick. Chris Borland has decided to retire at the tender age of 24 because of concussion concerns.He does not have an extensive history of concussions...
Via FatManWriting
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Young 49ers Linebacker With Huge Potential Decides to Retire After One Season

View image | gettyimages.com According to reports, Chris Borland has decided to retire from the game of football.  49ers Inside Linebacker, Patrick Willis decided to retire at the age of 30 a few weeks back, which was pretty shocking news, and that is now followed by the Borland news. Chris Borland was a budding star at Inside Linebacker, as the 49ers stole Borland in the third...
Via TopSportsReport
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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