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  49ers | Carlos Hyde in shape    Mon Apr 20, 04:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has reportedly dropped his weight near 220 pounds. It's the lightest he's been since his days at Ohio State University.

Footballguys view: With Frank Gore playing for the Colts this year, Hyde is going to be the lead back for the 49ers. He could be the centerpiece of their offense as QB Colin Kaepernick continues to develop as a passer. Fantasy owners should consider Hyde a low-end RB2 with upside. We'll see free agent addition Reggie Bush chip in as a runner and receiver out of the backfield in 2015.

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  49ers | Working on new deal with Michael Wilhoite    Fri Apr 17, 04:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers exclusive rights free-agent LB Michael Wilhoite is working with the team on a new contract, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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  49ers | Dorial Green-Beckham meets with SF    Fri Apr 17, 04:29 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham recently met with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need help at wide receiver, and Green-Beckham is a top-10 talent who could be available later in the draft because of off-field concerns. Green-Beckham is big, fast and physical at the point of the catch. Think of him in the same way you do Josh Gordon (Browns) both on and off the field.

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  49ers | Devin Funchess to visit    Wed Apr 15, 07:18 AM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess will visit the San Francisco 49ers in the coming days.

Footballguys view: Funchess could be a wide receiver or tight end in the pros. He's a big target who can catch passes at the highest point, and Funchess can use his frame to box out smaller defenders. Catching the ball is sometimes a problem as Funchess has had 20 drops over the last three seasons. With his raw skill set, we could see Funchess come off the board in the third round of the draft.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde to receive more time    Mon Apr 13, 06:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde likely will see a lot more playing time next season, according to QB Colin Kaepernick.

Footballguys view: Hyde is going to be the lead back with Frank Gore moving on to the Colts this offseason. Behind him, we'll see Reggie Bush as the primary backup. The 49ers are going to need Hyde to prove that he can grind down the defense and keep opponents honest to help open things up for their struggling passing game.

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  49ers | Kendall Hunter taking part in workouts    Sun Apr 12, 10:01 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) has been participating in some drills with his teammates during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: If healthy (a problem for Hunter during his pro career), Hunter will compete for the team's primary backup behind Carlos Hyde with veteran Reggie Bush. Hunter can be a good change-of-pace running back because of his speed and quickness, but staying durable has certainly been problematic. Don't be shocked to see the 49ers add another back via the 2015 NFL draft because of need and because this is a really strong group of backs.

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  49ers | Jalen Collins to visit    Sat Apr 11, 10:07 AM

Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers next week.

Footballguys view: Collins has the upside to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. He's got ideal height, weight, speed but his technique needs work after only 10 games started during his collegiate career.

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  49ers | Vernon Davis at workouts    Sat Apr 11, 07:28 AM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is attending voluntary workouts this season after skipping them the year before, saying 'I'm here this year because I want to get better.'

Footballguys view: Davis needs to get better after an atrocious 2014 season that saw him gather in only 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He's in the final year of his contract and has a $6.9 million cap number in 2015.

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  49ers | Will meet with Devin Smith    Sat Apr 11, 07:22 AM

Ohio State WR Devin X. Smith has a visit lined up next week with the San Francisco 49ers.

Footballguys view: Smith was held back in his college career by Braxton Miller's inability to throw the rock. However, when Cardale Jones took over as the starter last season we saw Smith break out. He's a burner who can take the top off the defense in the blink of an eye. He should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  49ers | Teammate impressed with Colin Kaepernick    Fri Apr 10, 04:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been impressive this offseason and looks like a different quarterback, according to TE Vernon Davis.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman expected to ready for workouts    Fri Apr 10, 04:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is expected to be on the field for offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last key names left from the 49ers three-year run to the NFC title game and the Super Bowl form 2011-2013. If he can't come back full speed, the 49ers defense will be down to two players in common with the Super Bowl starting lineup in 2012, with Justin Smith pondering retirement and possibly reducing that number even further.

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  49ers | Anquan Boldin has advice for QB    Thu Apr 9, 10:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin said QB Colin Kaepernick just needs to play his way. 'I think sometimes when you try to go off the suggestions of other people and try to please other people, you forget who you are and what got you there,' Boldin said Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Boldin has been a reliable target for Kaepernick, so he probably "gets" his QB. The new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst has been Kaepernick's QB coach for four years, so one would hope he understands this and gives Kaepernick room to roam in the right ways in the offense. Kaepernick should run more this year, which could enhance the boom in his boom/bust weekly scoring.

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  49ers | Sammie Coates to visit    Wed Apr 8, 12:14 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers next week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Coates is amazingly gifted athletically, but he does have a problem with dropping passes and concentration on longer targets. His drop rate in college at Auburn was a whopping 19.1 percent. He'll be a project in the NFL, but one teams may feel is worth selecting in the second round of the draft. The 49ers have re-worked their wide receiving corps this offseason, and now Torrey Smith will lead the way at the position. Coates is more of a developmental guy who could sit behind Smith and Anquan Boldin as a rookie.

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  49ers | Tony Jerod-Eddie retained    Tue Apr 7, 06:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers DE Tony Jerod-Eddie signed his exclusive-rights tender Tuesday, April 7. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The team originally tendered him a month ago, and Jerod-Eddie is now signed through the 2015 season. Over his pro career, Jerod-Eddie has started four games (including two last year). He'll have the opportunity for a larger role on the 49ers defense this year with so much turnover and question marks on the defensive side of the ball.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick continues lessons    Mon Apr 6, 10:03 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick continues to work with former NFL MVP Kurt Warner this offseason, and Warner's goal is trying to get Kaepernick to wait longer in the pocket as a passer before using his athleticism as a crutch.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Kaepernick can kickstart his development as a pro passer. He has yet to revolutionize the position as some predicted, and in fact you could easily make the argument that his play took a step (or two) back in 2014. Warner said in a satellite radio interview Monday, April 6, that Kaepernick has relied on his running ability so long that it's a difficult transition to become the type of pocket passer necessary for success in the NFL.

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  49ers | Nick Bellore signed    Fri Apr 3, 03:54 PM

Free-agent LB Nick Bellore (Jets) signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Friday, April 3. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need all the help they can get at the linebacker position. Bellore is a standout player on special teams, and that's the role he'll have in San Francisco.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman to return this season    Wed Apr 1, 03:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will return in 2015 after missing all of the 2014 season with a knee injury. Head coach Jim Tomsula said Bowman is progressing well during the rehabilitation process.

Footballguys view: Good news for the 49ers here. Bowman will be able to participate in rehabilitation at a team facility with San Francisco staff members.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick's salary guaranteed     Wed Apr 1, 02:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's $10.4 million base salary for the 2015 season has become fully guaranteed since he was on the roster Wednesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: The 49ers set up Kaepernick's contract in an unusual way. He's essentially playing on one-year deals for the foreseeable future. Kaepernick is not quite in make-it-or-break-it territory, but if he doesn't improve his play he soon will be.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick learning    Wed Apr 1, 01:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been working with former NFL QB Kurt Warner this offseason to become a better all-around quarterback. 'For (Kaepernick), it's finding that balance between 'When do I be a quarterback?' and 'When do I be an athlete?' And trying to find that mix between the two,' Warner said. '... So the real question is going to be, when the bullets are flying and guys are chasing after him does he revert back to being an athlete or have we made some progress in making him more of a quarterback and staying in a quarterback-friendly position to be able to make more consistent, accurate throws down the field.'

Footballguys view: Kaepernick has not revolutionized the position like some thought he would by this time. Instead, he still makes one read and takes off to run. Kaepernick needs to show better as a passer from the pocket, and working through his progressions faster would help that.

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  49ers | Desmond Bishop re-signs    Tue Mar 31, 05:19 PM

Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, March 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Bishop could have a chance for some playing time on special teams. He played in only two games last year for the 49ers, recording two tackles. The veteran linebacker gives the 49ers depth at a position they're short-handed in.

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  49ers | Hakeem Nicks visiting San Fran    Mon Mar 30, 09:14 AM

Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) is visiting the San Francisco 49ers Monday, March 30.

Footballguys view: Nicks hasn't gotten much interest on the open market. The veteran receiver isn't what he used to be, and he's looking for a bounce-back season after a disappointing year with the Colts in 2014.

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  49ers | Desmond Bishop to visit    Sun Mar 29, 09:40 AM

Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, March 30, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bishop played in two games for the 49ers last year. He's bounced around to three different teams since the Packers selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft.

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  49ers | SF has no talks with Brandon Lloyd    Sun Mar 29, 07:07 AM

Free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (49ers) has had no conversations with his former team about a new contract.

Footballguys view: Lloyd should be out there if the 49ers get desperate at the position. This is a great WR draft class, and we think the 49ers would be best served to look at one during the draft rather than bring back the veteran Lloyd.

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  49ers | Cameron Fuller cut    Fri Mar 27, 02:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Cameron Fuller was released Friday, March 27.

Footballguys view: Fuller was signed late last season, and he was active (but did not play) in the team's season finale.

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  49ers | Jonathan Martin waived    Thu Mar 26, 04:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was waived Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: Martin was likely someone who Jim Harbaugh brought in thinking he could do something with his former Stanford player. Martin appeared in 15 games with 9 starts for the 49ers last season. He's a decent player, but hasn't shown the talent most saw in college. He struggled in San Francisco and it could be tough to land yet another chance.

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  49ers | Jim Tomsula high on Reggie Bush     Thu Mar 26, 01:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.

Footballguys view: Bush found himself the outside man looking in back in Detroit, but with the departure of Frank Gore, the Niners need help in the backfield. We're dubious of the idea he can still be an every down back, but he would be a big help in the backfield on passing downs at least.

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  49ers | Michael Crabtree struggling to find team    Tue Mar 24, 02:57 PM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is having a hard time being signed this offseason, reportedly due to concerns regarding lower-leg injuries and a negative perception about his attitude.

Footballguys view: Crabtree just isn't that hot of a commodity. He'll find a new home before the start of the season, but no end is in sight right now.

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  49ers | HC has confidence in Colin Kaepernick    Mon Mar 23, 07:23 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has a backer in new head coach Jim Tomsula. 'Statistically and all that kind of stuff, people throw those out there -- Colin had his best year, OK. Colin is working down in Arizona. He's a great dude. He's a real good dude. He's a good teammate. He's a neat cat. Colin's going to do real well. Colin's a great football player and even better person. We're really excited about Colin,' Tomsula said.

Footballguys view: That's great they have confidence in Kaepernick...now he needs to reward their faith with strong play. Kaepernick makes one read and takes off to run. He needs to be a better passer if he's going to reach his full potential as a pro.

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  49ers | Erin Henderson to visit    Mon Mar 23, 03:52 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

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  49ers | Mason Foster may be an option    Mon Mar 23, 03:37 PM

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) may be an option for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

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  49ers | Talking with Lance Briggs     Mon Mar 23, 03:36 PM

Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has had contract discussions with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Briggs is believed to have interest in joining the 49ers.

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  49ers | San Fran interested in Erin Henderson    Mon Mar 23, 11:09 AM

Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is drawing interest from the San Francisco 49ers, according to reports.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need all the linebacker help they can get after the retirement of both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick impresses in workouts    Mon Mar 23, 10:32 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick spent five days a week working out, watching film and fine-tuning his mechanics during a 10-week offseason session with quarterback coaches Dennis Gile and Mike Giavondo. 'I don't think there was a throw he couldn't make when he first got here,' Gile said 'I just think the consistency and efficiency of it was what we wanted to get better at, and I think that's where we made tremendous strides. He became a lot more consistent and efficient with those balls.'

Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it live. It's impressive that Kaepernick is taking the time, but he has to get results on the field. Kaepernick needs to show better ability to go through his reads quickly when scanning the defense. Too often, Kaepernick will make one read and run. He needs to find second and third targets as a passer, then run when he needs to.

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  49ers | Chase Thomas has torn ACL    Thu Mar 19, 09:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Chase Thomas (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right while working during the offseason.

Footballguys view: Thomas is a special teams player who is now likely to miss the entire season because of this injury. It's yet another blow to the group of linebackers in San Francisco after the retirement of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

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  49ers | Reggie Bush signing official    Wed Mar 18, 08:34 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced they've signed veteran running back Reggie Bush to a one-year contract. Financial details were not released.

Footballguys view: With Frank Gore moving on to the Colts in free agency, Carlos Hyde takes over as the lead back for the 49ers. Behind him, Bush will work as a change-of-pace back and receiver out of the backfield.

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  49ers | Stevie Johnson not returning to 49ers?    Mon Mar 16, 09:51 PM

Free-agent WR Stevie Johnson (49ers) will not re-sign with the San Francisco 49ers and is expected to decide between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers Tuesday, March 17, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine him returning to the place where his career took a nosedive. A northern California native, we could see Johnson choosing to stay in the state by signing with the Chargers.

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  49ers | 49ers bring back Chris Cook    Sat Mar 14, 10:18 PM

Free-agent CB Chris Cook has signed a one-year deal to return to the team, according to a source.

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  49ers | Niners making play for Percy Harvin    Sat Mar 14, 07:33 PM

Free-agent WR Percy Harvin's (Jets) deal with the Buffalo Bills isn't done, and the San Francisco 49ers could be making a play for him, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Could this happen again? Frank Gore was supposed to go to the Eagles, but he changed his mind and ended up with the Colts. Harvin was supposedly locked up with the Bills, but now that may not be the case. Stay tuned.

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  49ers | Chris Cook re-signs with Niners    Sat Mar 14, 07:21 PM

Free-agent CB Chris Cook re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year deal Saturday, March 14.

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  49ers | Shareece Wright signs with Niners    Sat Mar 14, 06:41 PM

Free-agent CB Shareece Wright (Chargers) signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, March 14.

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  49ers | Erik Pears signs     Sat Mar 14, 02:41 PM

Free-agent OT Erik Pears (Bills) has agreed to a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: This is just a move for veteran depth. Pears has played right tackle for most of his career, but he can kick inside to guard if needed.

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  49ers | Reggies Bush heading to 49ers    Sat Mar 14, 02:12 PM

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) has reached an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, March 14, according to sources.

Footballguys view: The 49ers get a change-of-pace back here in Bush. He won't carry the full load, but should be able to be a good complementary back behind Carlos Hyde. Bush should also give Colin Kaepernick a good receiving option out of the backfield.

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  49ers | Have spoken with Chris Cook    Sat Mar 14, 03:18 AM

Free-agent CB Chris Cook (49ers) has heard from the San Francisco 49ers about a possible return to the team, but sources indicate no official talks have taken place.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman ready for 2015    Fri Mar 13, 09:29 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) did not suffer a setback during his rehabilitation last year, and he is in a good place physically and psychologically, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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  49ers | Shareece Wright to visit    Fri Mar 13, 03:00 PM

Free-agent CB Shareece Wright (Chargers) is visiting the San Francisco 49ers Friday, March 13.

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  49ers | Stevie Johnson released by 49ers    Thu Mar 12, 03:54 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson was released Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are moving on from Johnson. His time with the 49ers has to be summed up as disappointing. The move saves the 49ers over $6 million in cap space. Word is there are a few teams interested in the veteran receiver. He may not be on the open market that long.

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  49ers | Reggie Bush visiting SF    Wed Mar 11, 12:28 PM

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) will visit with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, March 11.

Footballguys view: Bush is supposedly being looked at as a part of a three-headed RBBC with Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter. Hyde should still be in line for 250+ carries and goal-line opportunities in any event, so we wouldn't get too worried if you're a Hyde dynasty owner.

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  49ers | Blaine Gabbert staying with team    Tue Mar 10, 08:45 PM

Free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert (49ers) has agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Gabbert will continue to serve as a backup quarterback behind Colin Kaepernick.

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  49ers | Reggie Bush to SF a possibility?    Tue Mar 10, 03:56 PM

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) is considering the San Francisco 49ers for his next team. Other candidates include the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: The 49ers have Carlos Hyde as their lead running back. Behind him there are question marks in guys like Kendall Hunter. Adding Bush would give them a good speed back to use in a part-time role.

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  49ers | Patrick Willis blames injuries for retirement    Tue Mar 10, 03:28 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis said his feet don't have what it takes to play in the NFL anymore as he announced his retirement Tuesday, March 10. Willis was placed on the Reserve/Injured list during the 2014 season with a toe injury.

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