Monday, March 30, 2015

Hakeem Nicks visiting with the 49ers

Most of the players on the list of the top free agents this offseason have found homes for 2015, leaving just a handful without jobs as March comes to an end.

One member of that list is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has been greeted by an indifferent reaction from the league coming off a 38-catch season with the Colts in 2014. Things may be looking up for Nicks, however.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lance Briggs to visit the 49ers on Monday

With a big hole to fill at inside linebacker, the 49ers identified Mason Foster and Lance Briggs as two potential targets in free agency this week. Foster signed with the Bears instead, but Briggs is heading to San Francisco for a visit.

Briggs told Vaughn McClure of that he will visit with the 49ers on Monday. Briggs is from the area and grew up a 49ers fan.

Monday, March 23, 2015

49ers “discussing” free agent LBs Lance Briggs and Mason Foster

With the big-money free agents long gone, teams are left to sift through the remaining scraps, which mostly consists of veterans and underachievers. And with the 49ers desperate for help, they’ve had “discussions” about signing Lance Briggs, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Report: 49ers interested in free agent LB Erin Henderson

Free agent linebacker Erin Henderson was out of the league last season. He was busted for drunk driving twice in one year from January 2013 to January 2014 and released by the Vikings in February of 2014 before being slapped with a four-game suspension at the start of last season.

Henderson worked out for the Chiefs after the season but wasn’t signed to a contract. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the soon-to-be 29-year-old held a private workout for teams in Arizona on Sunday.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Patrick Willis On Chance He Will Return to Football "Zero"

Many fans may hold on to hope of Patrick Willis making his triumphant return from his surprise retirement in a year or two.

In a recent interview with  Takeo Spikes of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Willis made it clear that the was no chance of that happening. Spikes asked him to rate his chance of returning on a scale of one to 10 and he responded, "Zero".

He then went more in depth on when and why he made the decision to call it a career.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jed York: 49ers got away from “core strengths” under Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York thinks replacing Jim Harbaugh with Jim Tomsula is a step toward winning a Super Bowl.

York told Bloomberg Television that he doesn’t think the 49ers were playing up to the standards of the franchise last year, and change was needed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chris Borland's family knew all year his first season could be his last

Chris Borland told his family from the beginning that he might play only one year in the NFL.

Borland, the Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate who shocked the football world by announcing that his rookie season would be his last, has been telling his loved ones that from Day One. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Borland told his family before the season started that his career might only last a year, and as a result his parents and all five of his siblings made a point of getting to the games so they could see his career while it lasted.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chris Borland retires after one season

The San Francisco 49ers were just as stunned as everyone else by Chris Borland’s decision to retire after just one season in the NFL.

The team confirmed the story by ESPN’s Outside the Lines that Borland was walking away from the game at the ripe old age of 24.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Justin Smith: Decision on retirement is “not 100 percent”

Word around the 49ers on Monday is that the team is preparing to lose linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive end Justin Smith to retirement, but Smith isn’t ready to drop the curtain on his 14-year playing career just yet.

FB Bruce Miller arrested for spousal battery

It’s been a bad offseason for the 49ers.  It got a lot worse late Monday.

According to multiple reports, 49ers fullback Bruce Miller was arrested last Thursday in Santa Clara on charges of spousal abuse.

Patrick Willis and Justin Smith(UPDATE: ??) retiring from 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers continue to see dramatic changes in a franchise only a year removed from three straight NFC title game appearances.

From coach Jim Harbaugh leaving (mutually or otherwise) to running back Frank Gore signing with the Eagles on Tuesday  to the expected departure of receiver Michael Crabtree to the possible loss of guard Mike Iupati, the exodus of talented players continue.

The next two dominoes to fall will be linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive lineman Justin Smith.

49ers deny report that they’re trying to trade Colin Kaepernick

Despite a report to the contrary, Colin Kaepernick is staying in San Francisco.

After KBME radio in Houston reported the 49ers have put Kaepernick on the trade block, 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke issued a statement denying it.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

49ers would have cut Aldon Smith if he hadn’t taken revised deal

So why did 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith swap out a potentially fully-guaranteed $9.754 million salary in 2015 for a package of non-guaranteed roster bonuses and other payments that total a maximum of $9.754 million?

The simple answer is that’s the best deal he was going to get, anywhere.

Smith’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, told Matt Maiocco of earlier this week that the 49ers didn’t say, ‘”If you don’t do this, you’re cut.'”  The 49ers apparently didn’t need to verbalize their intentions.

Jed York: "I don't know what the thinking was" On Signing Jerome Simpson

After the 49ers not so mutually parted ways  with coach Jim Harbaugh, owner Jed York said that the organization wants to win with class.

Some are having a hard time reconciling their decision to sign receiver Jerome Simpson with that objective.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Aldon Smith has restructured his 2015 contract

Under the fifth year of his rookie deal, Aldon Smith was due to earn a fully guaranteed (as of Tuesday) base salary of $9.754 million.  He’ll now earn that money only if he’s on the roster for the entire season.

According to Matt Maiocco of, Smith has converted his salary to a series of roster bonuses and salary that ultimately will pay him up to $9.754 million.

49ers sign Jerome Simpson to two-year deal

Jerome Simpson will attempt to jump-start his career in San Francisco.

Simpson, the former Bengals and Vikings wide receiver, has signed a two-year contract with the 49ers, the club said Thursday.

49ers Sign Darnell Dockett

Veteran defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has signed a two-year deal with the 49ers, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Dockett, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2004 and spent 11 years there, was cut last week when the two sides couldn’t agree on the value of a veteran defensive lineman recovering from ACL repair.
 The Cardinals, who reportedly offered a deal with a base value of $2.5 million and a maximum of $4 million, had hoped to be able to bring him back after he tested the market.

According to Rosenhaus, Dockett’s contract in San Francisco has a value of $7.5 million over two years.  He’s due to make $4 million in 2015, with half of that guaranteed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Report: 49ers Place LB Michael Wilhoite On Trade Block

The 49ers are reportedly open to dealing one of their reserve inside linebackers.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the club has placed fourth-year pro Michael Wilhoite on the trading block.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

49ers Sign Rugby star Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne left his Australian rugby team, the Parramatta Eels, in October in hopes of beginning a football career in the NFL.

That career will begin with the San Francisco 49ers.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Darnell Dockett meeting with the 49ers tonight

The Cardinals left the door open for defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to return when they cut him last week.

And he’s going to test their will to do so quickly.

Via Matt Maiocco of, Dockett is scheduled to meet with the 49ers tonight.