49ers Rumors & News

  • 49ers WR Patton looks like a different player

    CSN Bay Area "When Quinton Patton goes to watch practice film these days, all that he recognizes is the No. 11 jersey. Patton, who enters his third season with the 49ers, believes he looks like a much different player than the wide receiver he watched during his first two NFL seasons. “It’s a totally..." May 23

  • 49ers RB Bush asks to be included in punt-return competition

    CSN Bay Area "Reggie Bush has gone the past three seasons without lining up deep to field a punt. When he came to the 49ers, he asked to be given that opportunity -- again. “It was my idea,” Bush said on Thursday after the 49ers wrapped up a practice at organized team activities. “I told the coaches I..." May 22

  • US appeals court upholds $50M settlement for retired NFL players

    CBSSports.com "The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a $50 million lawsuit settlement regarding publicity rights for retired NFL players, according to the Associated Press. The appeals court rejected arguments by several retirees -- including Jim Marshall, Joe Senser and Dan Pastorini -- that..." May 21

  • Frank Gore rips Vernon Davis on Instagram: ‘U don’t love the game’

    Larry Brown Sports "Frank Gore fired a shot at former teammate Vernon Davis on social media Tuesday, though he claimed it was only a joke. After Davis posted a photo of himself hugging a football on Instagram with the caption “repost if you miss football season as much as I do,” Gore chimed in and said Davis lacks..." May 20

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    Dean Blandino @DeanBlandino

    The extra point rule for 2015 just changed. Snap for kick from the 15-yard line, 2-pt try stays at 2-yard line and defense can return.

  • Extra point tries moved to the 15-yard line

    Pro Football Talk "One of the NFL’s staid elements is getting a shake up. Extra points will be attempted from the 15-yard-line beginning in 2015, the NFL announced Tuesday. Owners approved the rules change, which makes the extra point a 32- or 33-yard attempt, at the league’s spring meeting in San..." May 19

  • Justin Smith Announces Retirement from NFL

    49ers.com "The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that DT Justin Smith, a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, 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..." May 19

  • Justin Smith plans announcement about his future today

    Pro Football Talk "Last week, the 49ers said they didn’t know whether defensive end Justin Smith would play this season or retire. Now they know. And they’re expected to let the rest of us know today. Smith told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee that he has made his decision. Smith declined to state what that..." May 18

  • Six DBs, four offensive linemen trying out for 49ers

    Pro Football Talk "In addition to the 49ers’ draft picks and undrafted signees, 10 tryout players are taking part in the club’s rookie minicamp, the club said Saturday. Six defensive backs and four offensive linemen compromise the tryout group, with Nevada cornerback Charles Garrett among those vying to be added..." May 17

  • Tomsula: 'Bowmans looking great' in 49ers practices

    CSN Bay Area "Coach Jim Tomsula said he feels good about the inside linebackers on the 49ers' roster and suggested there’s no immediate plan to sign veteran free-agent Lance Briggs. NaVorro Bowman has made a strong return to the practice field after missing all of last season with a severe knee injury he..." May 17

  • Justin Smith’s status remains in limbo

    San Jose Mercury News "Coach Jim Tomsula said he did not talk Friday to Justin Smith nor has any meeting scheduled to find out if the defensive lineman plans to retire or return for a 15th season. “That time will come,” Tomsula said. “We’re not trying to make it a saga. We’re really not. It’s really as honest as..." May 17

  • 49ers sign Armstead, have whole draft class under contract

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers are the latest team to get their entire 2015 draft class under contract. Arik Armstead, a defensive lineman from Oregon who was San Francisco’s first-round draft pick, signed his deal today. The 49ers signed their other nine picks early this week. The 49ers like Armstead’s promise..." May 16

  • PAT change coming? NFL owners to consider 3 proposals at May meetings

    CBSSports.com "The extra point as we know it could be coming to an end. When the NFL Spring Meeting kicks off in San Francisco next week (May 18-20), the league's 32 owners will be presented with three proposals on how to make the extra point better. If 24 out of the NFL's 32 owners vote to pass any of the..." May 13

  • Kaepernick developing chemistry with Reggie Bush

    CSN Bay Area "General manager Trent Baalke said he has already detected a noticeable difference in the speed that has been added to the 49ers’ offense this offseason. Baalke, speaking Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, was asked specifically about the additions of wide receiver Torrey Smith and running back..." May 13

  • 49ers Hoping For Clarity From Justin Smith Regarding Retirement Later This Week

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco 49ers could certainly use defensive end and team leader Justin Smith during their 2015 campaign. The team is expected to finally discover if he intends to retire or not later this week, on Wednesday or Thursday. Smith has been an anchor for San Francisco’s 3-4 defensive front..." May 12

  • Braylon Edwards -- Ex-NFL Star Popped for Extreme DUI

    TMZ.com "Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested for DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona last week ... and cops say he was EXTREMELY wasted ... TMZ Sports has learned. The 32-year-old -- who played for the Browns, Jets and 49ers during his NFL career -- was pulled over in the early hours of May..." May 12

  • Source: 49ers remain interested in Lance Briggs

    CSN Bay Area "The 49ers remain interested in signing seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday. Briggs, 34, is an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire 12-year career with the Chicago Bears. Any player signed after May 12 does not count against the NFL’s..." May 11

  • Former NFL LB Scott Fujita: 30 to 50 percent of players smoke pot

    CBSSports.com "We live in a society where marijuana is becoming increasingly destigmatized. It has been completely legalized for recreational used in four states, decriminalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and allowed for medicinal purposes in 23 states. Even the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence..." May 07

  • York: Baalke 'feels comfortable' he'll stay with 49ers awhile

    CSN Bay Area "General manager Trent Baalke has no problem making draft-day deals for the future because he figures to be around awhile, 49ers CEO Jed York said Wednesday. York, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob and Giants CEO Larry Baer appeared Wednesday on a panel -- “The Business of Sports” -- at VentureScape 2015..." May 07

  • Utah WR Anderson headlines 49ers’ nine rookie free agents

    San Francisco Chronicle "After they didn’t select a healthy wide receiver last week, the 49ers loaded up on the position after the draft: The team announced the signing of nine rookie free agents today and five of the undrafted prospects are wide receivers. The pass-catcher with the best chance of sticking on the..." May 06

  • 49ers Star Ahmad Brooks -- Accused In Sexual Assault Lawsuit

    TMZ.com "San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been accused of sexually assaulting a passed out woman at a then-teammate's home ... according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. The woman making the allegations is the same woman who previously claimed she was raped by Ray McDonald ... a..." May 06

  • 49ers’ Justin Smith says decision coming soon

    Sacramento Bee "Justin Smith plans to sit down with 49ers officials some time this month and decide whether he will return for a 15th -- and likely final -- season in the NFL. "You'll know in about three weeks or so," the veteran defensive lineman said. Smith, 35, would not say which way he was leaning. He..." May 04

  • Miller charged with misdemeanor vandalism

    CSN Bay Area "San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. Miller, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Monday at 1:30 p.m. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail. “Even relatively..." May 04

  • 49ers pick up another 2016 draft pick in trade with Cowboys

    CSN Bay Area "The 49ers picked up another 2016 draft pick when they dealt a seventh-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for a sixth-rounder next year. The Cowboys received the 49ers’ pick at No. 246, where they selected tight end Geoff Swaim, a tight end from Texas. On Friday, the 49ers picked up the San..." May 03

  • Punter, long snapper go back-to-back in Round Five

    Pro Football Talk "The first punter and first long snapper came off the board in consecutive picks in Round Five. The 49ers moved first, taking Clemson punter Bradley Pinion with the No. 165 overall choice. Pinion posted a 40.1-yard net average in 2014 for the Tigers and had just two touchbacks in his three-year..." May 02

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    Matt Barrows @mattbarrows

    Asked about Jimmie Ward's (Nov. 9) foot injury, Trent Baalke only would say Ward is "on track." Ward didn't take part in recent minicamp.

  • Arik Armstead already familiar with 49ers’ defense

    Sacramento Bee "Arik Armstead took a tour of the 49ers Museum on Friday and lingered next to the exhibit featuring Justin Smith's No. 94 jersey. It wasn't the first time he'd come across it. Armstead said he recalled his coaches at Oregon putting on film of Smith and ex-49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, who..." May 02

  • San Francisco 49ers take Oregon's Arik Armstead to bolster defensive front

    San Jose Mercury News "Meet Arik Armstead, tabbed by the 49ers with their first-round draft pick Thursday to help fortify a once-dominant defensive front. At 6-foot-7, he'll be hard to miss, even though his duties come on the defensive line's interior where Ray McDonald and Justin Smith suited up in recent..." May 01

  • 49ers Sign LB Philip Wheeler; Announce Three Additional Moves

    NFL.com "The San Francisco 49ers announced on Thursday that they have signed linebacker Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal. The team also released wide receiver Trindon Holliday and waived guard Fouimalo Fonoti and wide receiver Lance Lewis. Wheeler (6-2, 245) was originally drafted in the third round..." April 30

    2015 NFL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff NFL Draft day is finally here. Teams begin re-loading tonight and the new NFL season will be here before we know it. I'm going to post rumors in this live blog all day. Pick rumors, trade rumors, etc. April 30

  • Report: 49ers’ Alex Boone Open to Being Traded

    Sportsnaut "Alex Boone of the San Francisco 49ers isn’t afraid of making waves. The team’s starting offensive guard has decided to skip voluntary workouts this offseason and isn’t adverse to being traded, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. The 49ers and Boone have yet to discuss a contract extension, the..." April 30

  • 2015 NFL mock draft: Saints, Dolphins, Eagles, Jaguars making trades

    CBSSports.com "It's finally time to bite the bullet. It's time to mock it up. Hopefully, I can do better than last year, where I hit for a pretty strong average – 26 of the 32 players I put in my mock ended up going in the first round – but didn't land nearly enough homers (getting the right player and team..." April 29

  • Alex Boone doesn’t show up for voluntary minicamp

    Pro Football Talk "If Alex Boone is ultimately going to conclude that his new coach is as clinically insane as his old one, Boone won’t be gathering any direct evidence of it immediately. Per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Boone has opted not to show up for a voluntary minicamp in San Francisco. Boone held out..." April 29

  • Bowman returns to 49ers practice field

    CSN Bay Area "Three-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a devastating knee injury in the NFC Championship game 15 months ago. The 49ers opened a voluntary three-day minicamp on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa..." April 29

  • NFL to end tax-exempt status

    The Score "The NFL will relinquish its tax-exempt status, commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to owners Tuesday. Goodell said the move was made to "eliminate (a) distraction." The memo states the move will not have a significant impact on the operation of the league: Every dollar of..." April 28

  • NFL Commissioner Goodell: "We didn't get it right"

    CBS News "The NFL draft begins Thursday in Chicago. It's a change of venue for a league re-defining itself both on and off the field. The NFL will follow a new personal conduct policy, and two new employees will help investigate player misconduct. In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie..." April 28

  • Bears' Ray McDonald cleared by NFL after domestic violence investigation

    Chicago Sun-Times "NFL officials said Friday the league completed its investigation of Bears defensive end Ray McDonald’s domestic- violence incident and ruled he didn’t violate its personal-conduct policy. But the NFL continues to look at his alleged sexual-assault incident. ‘‘We have completed that..." April 26

  • Depth Perception: Predicting 49ers' 9 picks in 2015 NFL Draft

    CBSSports.com "The San Francisco 49ers, trying to recover from their Meltdown By the Bay, have nine picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, including No. 25 in the first round on April 30 in Chicago. Considering their rate of descent last year, the 49ers will need all the help they can get to pull out of their..." April 22

  • Harbaugh: Ex-player animosity 'almost a compliment'

    Detroit News "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes that some of his former NFL players said he drove them so hard that they loved and hated him. Harbaugh, featured on HBO's "Real Sports" Tuesday night, was told by reporter Andrea Kremer about negative comments from some of his former players on the San..." April 22

  • Judge approves concussion settlement, could cost NFL $1 billion

    CBSSports.com "A federal judge has approved a plan that brings the NFL and more than 5,000 former players one step closer to a settlement in a concussion lawsuit that could end up costing the league more than $1 billion over 65 years. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had twice sent the deal back to..." April 22

  • Fantex announces $.50 dividend on Vernon Davis stock

    CSN Bay Area "Fantex, the San Francisco company that owns 10 percent of Vernon Davis’ “brand,” has co-invested with the 49ers’ tight end in three Jamba Juice franchises, according to the company. Fantex also announced Tuesday its board of directors has declared a $.50 dividend per share for its Fantex Series..." April 22

  • 2015 Sunday Night Football schedule

    SB Nation "The NFL has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, which means we know the primetime matchups for Sunday Night Football. Typically some of the best matchups on the schedule (especially with flex scheduling), Sunday Night Football might not be as well-known a phrase as Monday..." April 22

  • Boone: 'Clinically insane' Harbaugh 'wore out welcome'

    ESPN.com "Now that Jim Harbaugh is no longer with the San Francisco 49ers, offensive lineman Alex Boone has dramatically changed his tune about his former coach. "I think he just pushed guys too far," Boone told HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an episode that will air Tuesday. "He wanted too..." April 21

  • NFL schedule will be released on Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "The wait to find out the 2015 schedule will end on Tuesday evening. The NFL has announced that the schedule will be unveiled during a three-hour show on NFL Network that gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. All 256 games will be revealed during the program, although not all games will remain in the same..." April 20

  • Alex Boone: 'Clinically insane' Jim Harbaugh 'wore out welcome'

    ESPN.com "Now that Jim Harbaugh is no longer with the San Francisco 49ers, offensive lineman Alex Boone has dramatically changed his tune about his former coach. "I think he just pushed guys too far," Boone told HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an episode that will air Tuesday. "He wanted too..." April 20

  • Carlos Hyde down to 220 pounds according to 49ers GM Trent Baalke

    Niners Nation "The San Francisco 49ers enter a new era at the running back position, and it would appear Carlos Hyde is making a noticeable commitment in return. General manager Trent Baalke said Hyde returned for the offseason workout program at 220 pounds. Hyde weighed in at 230 pounds a year ago at the NFL..." April 19

  • Aldon Smith looks 'hungry' to GM Trent Baalke

    ESPN.com "Aldon Smith, like many fans, would most likely prefer a do-over for last season. The San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker missed the first nine games of the season while serving a league-mandated suspension for general malfeasance and finished with a career-low two sacks, both of which came..." April 19

  • Bruce Miller missing voluntary workouts

    ESPN.com "Fullback Bruce Miller, who was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse last month, is not taking part in the first phase of the San Francisco 49ers' voluntary offseason workout program, general manager Trent Baalke told reporters Friday. Miller was "at home in Georgia, taking care of business,"..." April 18

  • 49ers' Baalke can't take another pass on top WR prospects

    CSN Bay Area "In his five previous drafts as the man in charge with the 49ers, Trent Baalke has typically found players with first round picks that have stepped in and played significant roles in their rookie seasons. After all, the 49ers have landed Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Aldon Smith, Eric Reid and..." April 16

  • 49ers consultant: Chris Borland worried about CTE 'last October'

    CBSSports.com "Though the exclamation about the death of the NFL has simmered significantly in recent weeks, the reality of Chris Borland suddenly retiring from the league still lingers. Perhaps it wasn't as sudden as it seemed, with Borland apparently considering making a move as early as last October. Dr...." April 16