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Philip Rivers Expects the 49ers Best

Philip Rivers Expects the 49ers Best

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers find themselves still in the thick of things in the AFC as they head into their game on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.

San Diego sits in the eighth spot with the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers ahead of them.  

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is expecting the 49ers to be in spoiler mode, having been eliminated last weekend.

"Not only can they embrace that role if they so choose. I also know that there's a lot of prideful, Pro-Bowl players on that team," Rivers said. "When they suit up they play."

San Francisco is allowing 20.4 points a game this year.

49ers safety Antoine Bethea said of Rivers is a "veteran quarterback one of the top ten, quarterbacks in the league. He's been doing it for a while and he's got a lot of weapons to get the ball to."

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49ers Cut Ray McDonald

49ers Cut Ray McDonald

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers cut defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Wednesday after new allegations of sexual assault against him were announced.

In October prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him with domestic violence against his pregnant fiancee. 

Now police are investigating the new sexual assault charge.

McDonald had played all season long despite calls for him to be benched due to the investigation.

San Francisco was eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

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Derek Carr on the Win: ‘We Just Went Out and Did Our Job’

Derek Carr on the Win: ‘We Just Went Out and Did Our Job’

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders picked up their second win of the season after they surprised the San Francisco 49ers (7-6) and handed them a 24-13 defeat on Sunday.

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr led the offense to their first back-to-back touchdown drives of the season in the victory.

"I know the kind of talent we have, I know the kind of team we have," Carr said on Sunday.  "Like I said before, we haven’t put it together, obviously, throughout the season, we’re young, we’re continuing to work hard and listen to our coaches and the game plan and knowing it in and out."

Oakland is 2-11 and headed towards another high draft pick, but Carr wants to make the most out of their final three games.

"Obviously there are still mistakes, but I think that there was just so much attention to the detail that we just went out and did our job," Carr continued. "That’s all you have to do is go out and do your job, they’ll win some plays, we’ll win some plays, but hopefully we can just execute at a higher level. I think we finally did that to obviously the best we have."

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Jim Harbaugh Not Concerned with Future

Jim Harbaugh Not Concerned with FutureRalph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumors have swirled regarding the future of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and they only escalated on Thursday with a 19-3 loss to Seattle. The one person who does not seem to be concerned with those...

Seattle Stymies San Francisco

Seattle Stymies San Francisco

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- The Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 19-3 Thursday with a dominating defensive effort.

Cornerback Richard Sherman reasserted himself as he intercepted Colin Kaepernick twice and could have had a third if not for a drop.

"The second one was pretty entertaining," Sherman said. "I was laughing the whole time because I told their sideline 'if they throw it my way, I'd end the game.'" 

Quarterback Russell Wilson was efficient, completing crisp passes and methodically moving the ball against the 49ers.  He completed 15 of 22 passes for 236 yards. Wilson also completed the only touchdown of the game to running back Robert Turbin who took the ball in from 13 yards out.

The Seahawks are now 8-4 and appear to be returning to the form that led them to a championship run last season. 

"These guys have really joined together and really recaptured what it was that we played with last year," said head coach Pete Carroll. "It took us some time to figure it out, but we have.

For the second straight week the Seahawks have defeated a division opponent by the score of 19-3. They beat up on the previously 9-1 Arizona Cardinals who were under the charge of new starting quarterback Drew Stanton.

"There is no question, in the last two weeks that we have elevated our game," Carroll said.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 24 (7-3) – Seattle Seahawks 20 (6-4)

Atlanta Falcons 19 (4-6) – Carolina Panthers 17 (3-7-1)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (6-3-1) – New Orleans Saints 10 (4-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (2-8) – Washington Redskins 7 (3-7)

St. Louis Rams 22 (4-6) – Denver Broncos 7 (7-3)

San Francisco 49ers 16 (6-4) – New York Giants 10 (3-7)

Chicago Bears 21 (4-6) – Minnesota Vikings 13 (4-6)

Houston Texans 23 (5-5) – Cleveland Browns 7 (6-4)

Arizona Cardinals 14 (9-1) - Detroit Lions 6 (7-3)

Green Bay Packers 53 (7-3) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (7-3)

San Diego Chargers 13 (6-4) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-10)

NBA: New York Knicks 109 (3-8) – Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5) – Miami Heat 84 (5-5)

Houston Rockets 69 (9-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8)

NHL: San Jose Sharks 2 (10-8-2; 22pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (5-9-3; 13pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (10-7-0; 20pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-7-3; 21pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (10-7-1; 21pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (6-8-4; 16pts)

Florida Panthers 6 (6-4-5; 17pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-4-4; 26pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-4-1; 29pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (8-4-5; 21pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky 71 (2-0) – Buffalo 52 (1-1)

(2) Arizona 86 (2-0) - CS Northridge 68 (0-2)

(3) Wisconsin 89 (2-0) – Chattanooga 45 (1-1)

(6) North Carolina 103 (2-0) – Robert Morris 59 (0-2)

(9) Virginia 67 (2-0) – Norfolk State 39 (1-1)

(10) Texas 85 (2-0) - Alcorn State 53 (0-2)

(19) Oklahoma 78 (1-0) – Southeastern Louisiana 53 (0-2)

(21) Nebraska 80 (1-0) – Northern Kentucky 61 (0-2)

(23) Syracuse 65 (2-0) – Hampton 47 (0-2)

Holy Cross 58 (1-0) – (25) Harvard 57 (1-1)

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick captured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Atlanta Falcons 27 (3-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-8)

New York Jets 20 (2-8) - Pittsburgh Steelers 13 (6-4)

Baltimore Ravens 21 (6-4) - Tennessee Titans 7 (2-7)

Dallas Cowboys 31 (7-3) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (1-9)

San Francisco 49ers 27 (5-4) - New Orleans Saints 24 (4-5) - OT

Detroit Lions 20 (7-2) - Miami Dolphins 16 (5-4)

Kansas City Chiefs 17 (6-3) - Buffalo Bills 13 (5-4)

Denver Broncos 41 (7-2) - Oakland Raiders 17 (0-9)

Arizona Cardinals 31 (8-1) - St. Louis Rams 14 (3-6)

Seattle Seahawks 38 (6-3) - New York Giants 17 (3-6)

NBA: Brooklyn Nets 104 (4-2) - Orlando Magic 96 (2-5)

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick wins the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman advance to the final round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

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49ers Reward Running Back Kendall Hunter with One-Year Extension

49ers Reward Running Back Kendall Hunter with One-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he won't see the field for a single snap this season, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a one-year extension with running back Kendall Hunter.

Hunter is in his fourth NFL season, all with the 49ers, and his new deal will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.

Back in July, Hunter suffered a torn ACL, ending his season before it ever began. He is expected to recover by the summer when camp opens up.

Hunter was drafted by the team in fourth round back in 2011 and has proven to be a dependable player in limited snaps. Overall he has 1,202 rushing yards on 262 carries, good for a 4.6 average to go along with seven touchdowns.

With age a growing concern as well as impending free agency with starting running back Frank Gore and the possible retirement of Marcus Lattimore, Hunter's role with the team could expand if given the right opportunity.

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ESPN: 49ers Running Back Marcus Lattimore Could Retire

ESPN: 49ers Running Back Marcus Lattimore Could Retire

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore's NFL career could be over before it truly begins. According to ESPN, the 23-year-old is considering retirement due to knee issues.

While at South Carolina, Lattimore was a dynamic talent, but suffered serious knee injuries in 2011 and 2013 that caused him to miss extended time.

It looked that he had fully regained his form during his last collegiate season, but he tore every ligament in his right knee and dislocated the kneecap.

Despite his injury troubles, the 49ers rolled the dice and drafted Lattimore in the fourth round of the draft in 2013. Many draft experts believed if he was in better health, he would've been a first round pick.

He spent the entire 2013 season on the non-football injury list, and is still currently on that list.

Lattimore scored 38 touchdowns during his time at South Carolina.

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Rams Hold Off Kaepernick and 49ers

Rams Hold Off Kaepernick and 49ers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The Rams (3-5) buckled down on defense late and forced Colin Kaepernick to fumble the ball with seconds remaining at the goal line in their 13-10 win over the 49ers (4-4) on Sunday.

St. Louis was ready for Kaepernick to try and sneak the ball into the end zone, and forced a fumble that was recovered by James Laurinaitis.

The Rams defense sacked Kapernick eight times in their big road victory.

"I just went to kind of meet him head-to-head down there and as I'm going down, I just see the ball sitting there," Laurinaitis said. "Jo-Lonn [Dunbar] did a great job recognizing sneak. You can just kind of tell by a quarterback's mannerisms when they're going to sneak."

The play was reviewed and upheld after officials looked the play, but Kaepernick still disagreed with the call after the game.

"I know I crossed the line. I was looking into the end zone," Kaepernick said.

Greg Zuerlein kicked the go-ahead field goal with 5:25 left in the game.

The Rams have now beaten the 49ers and Seahawks by a combined five points this year.

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Aldon Smith Could Have Suspension Reduced

Aldon Smith Could Have Suspension Reduced

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith could be returning sooner than later, according to a league source that confirmed Monday the linebacker's suspension may be reduced for good behavior.

Smith was initially suspended nine-games prior to the start of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. The suspension is set to be lifted on Nov. 10, following San Francisco's game against the New Orleans Saints.

However, a league source confirmed a report that the penalty may be reduced by one or two games. That means the linebacker could return prior to San Fran's matchup with the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 3. The 49ers have a bye-week in Week 8 and a Week 9 return would only improve a linebacking core that has been hampered with injuries and suspensions.

In order for the suspension to be reduced, Smith must maintain his good behavior. Under the terms of the suspension, the four-year veteran has been allowed at the team facilities for meetings and conditioning but has not been allowed to practice.

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Manning Surpasses Favre in Broncos Victory

Manning Surpasses Favre in Broncos Victory

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Once again, Peyton Manning finds himself in the record books. The Denver Broncos quarterback threw four touchdowns in Sunday night's 42-17 win over San Francisco, giving him 510 career touchdown passes and surpassing Brett Favre's NFL record of 508.

"It is quite an honor," Manning said. "I do have great appreciation for quarterbacks who played this game throughout the years. It's very humbling, has taken a lot of hard work, a lot of people helped me get to this point."

The record-breaking pass came late in the second quarter on an eight-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas that put the Broncos (5-1) up 21-3 over the 49ers (4-3). Upon setting the mark, Manning's teammates had a little fun with the 38-year old, playing keep-away with the momento before eventually congratulating their quarterback.

"I can't believe they actually did it," chided Manning. "They sort of joked about it during the week. I'm a little bit hurt by it. The fact that they thought they could do it."

It took just 246 career games for Manning to break the record set by Favre in 302 career games. The 16-year veteran has thrown 110 touchdown passes in his two-plus years with the Broncos, whom he signed with in 2012 following neck surgery that threatened his career.

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49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Rams came out fast taking a a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the 49ers dominated the other three quarters to win 31-17.

Colin Kaepernick took San Francisco on his shoulders and threw three touchdowns to push the 49ers record to 4-2.  Midway through the second quarter, Brandon Lloyd burned Janoris Jenkins in man coverage and Kaepernick threw it to him in stride. Lloyd outran Jenkins for an 80-yard touchdown that narrowed St. Louis's lead to 14-10. 

"We had Brandon Lloyd on a double move," Kaepernick said. "We liked the matchup. He did an amazing job."

Kaepernick and the 49ers came out in the second half on a mission.  The 49ers marched 80 yards down the field on a twelve-play drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown grab by Anquan Boldin from Kaepernick. 

"Our receivers did a great job today," Kaepernick said. "Our offensive line did a great job, protecting us and giving us time."

The Rams were again held without a sack.  What was hyped in the offseason as one of the best four-man defensive fronts in the NFL has continued to struggle to generate a pass rush. 

The 49ers will now travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday night.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Nick Laham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The debut of the new Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, went perfectly for three quarters. However, the Chicago Bears scored 21 points in the fourth to erase a 13-point deficit and beat the Niners 28-20 on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions, and added a fumble, in the final period while Jay Cutler tossed three touchdowns to help Chicago (1-1) make the comeback on the road. San Francisco (1-1) led 17-0 early in the second quarter, and upped that advantage to 20-7 after three.

Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Kaepernick twice in the fourth, giving the offense short fields to work with and plenty of time. His first interception, followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the 49ers quarterback, put the Bears on the San Francisco three yard line. 

Cutler then found tight end Martellus Bennett in the endzone, giving Chicago a 21-20 lead. About four minutes later, Fuller intercepted Kaepernick again which eventually led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Brandon Marshall. The wide out finished with three touchdowns on an ankle that was feared to keep him off the field.

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49ers Ready to Host Bears

49ers Ready to Host Bears

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers are looking to improve to 2-0 on Sunday when they will have their season opener at the new $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium against the Chicago Bears.

San Francisco is coming off a 28-17 win over the Cowboys and Chicago has not won in the bay area in almost three decades.

"I think everyone's focused on Chicago," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepnerick said when asked about the pressure of getting a win in their first home game.  "I don't think we're worried about having our first game here, we're worried about trying to get this win."

The last time the Bears won in the Bay Area was in 1985 when they went on to win the Super Bowl.

"Scheme wise, they're just extremely sound, they know exactly what they want to do," Bears quarterback Jay Culter said of the 49ers defense.  "They're going to bring pressure; they've got very talented guys."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) - New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) - Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) - Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) - Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) - OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) - Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) - New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) - OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) - Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) - Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) - Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) - Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) - New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) - Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) - Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) - San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for the first nine games of the season after violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy.

Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving.

On April 13, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for making a false bomb threat after an altercation at the security checkpoint, but the Los Angeles City Attorney's office declined to press charges.

"Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead."

Smith is eligible to return to the 49ers roster on Nov. 10.

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ESPN: 49ers’ Glenn Dorsey out for Season with Torn Biceps

ESPN: 49ers’ Glenn Dorsey out for Season with Torn Biceps

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers stout defense took a hit over the weekend as ESPN is reporting that defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn biceps.

It was stroke of bad luck for Dorsey, who was hurt on Friday during pracitce, which also happened to be his 29th birthday. He will undergo surgery on Monday.

Coming off a productive season with the 49ers in 2013, Dorsey is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

Dorsey was the fifth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 but failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed on him. But with the 49ers, he became a key member of the defensive unit at nose tackle.

He recorded 41 tackles and 2.0 sacks in 16 games for the team in 2014.

Quinton Dial and Ian Williams are expected to see an increase in playing time in Dorsey's absence.

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49ers Running Back Kendall Hunter Tears ACL

49ers Running Back Kendall Hunter Tears ACL

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Just one day into training camp and the San Francisco 49ers are already dealing with a tough injury as running back Kendall Hunter will miss the entire upcoming season with a torn ACL.

Hunter hurt himself on Friday when he was catching a screen pass. He was able to walk off the field on his own, but the injury still proved to be serious.

This a tough blow not just to the 49ers, but to Hunter personally. Entering his fourth NFL season, Hunter was hopoing to stay near atop the depth chart at running back for the team, who are loaded at the position.

Aside from Hunter, the team has veteran Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore and rookie Carlos Hyde.

In 16 games for the team last season, Hunter had 358 rushing yards on 78 carries while scoring three touchdowns.

Hunter is a free agent after this season.

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