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Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

National Football League(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has a new home as the Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers.

Martin was released by the 49ers this past Thursday. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 15 games, starting nine at right tackle. 

"Our goal is to build the strongest roster possible and add competition at every position," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team release. "Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots.''

Martin was infamously the center of a bullying scandal when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013 by now Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito.

Because of the incident involving Incognito and other Dolphins players, Martin lef the Dolphins in October 2013 and never played them again.

As a result of claiming him off waivers, the Panthers are now on the hook for Martin's cap hit which will count around $1 million against the 2015 salary cap.

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49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- Within two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have lost two inside linebackers to retirement. 

Second year linebacker Chris Borland has decided to hang up his cleats due to fears of long term effects from head trauma. Borland delivered the news on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland explained. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

Borland, 24, was a third-round draft pick of the 49ers last season and was expected to start for the team this season after Patrick Willis retired last week.

During training camp last year, Borland believes he suffered a concussion but played through it because he wanted to make the team.

Borland was a first-team All American at the University of Wisconsin.  He plans to re-enroll in school and pursue a career in sports management.

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Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers have already lost head coach Jim Harbaugh and running back Frank Gore this offseason. According to various reports, the team will also lose defensive anchors Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to retirement.

Originally reported by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN is now reporting that the 30-year-old Willis will announce his retirement Tuesday.

One of the most dominant linebackers over the past generation, Willis was hampered by a toe injury last season that limited him to just six games.

Willis made seven Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons, and has 950 career tackles, 16 forced fumbles, and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of CSNBAYAREA.com is reporting that 14-year veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith is set to retire as well.

Smith spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers and was consistently one of the best at his position during his career. A five-time Pro-Bowler, Smith averaged over six sacks per season during his time in San Francisco.

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Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em. According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith spent the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was also a teammate of current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Those two helped beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE. This isn't a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I'm on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later."

In 2014, Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Darnell Dockett Signs with 49ers

Darnell Dockett Signs with 49ers

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent defensive end Darnell Dockett wasn't out of work long.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Dockett to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, with $4 million being paid in the first season and $2 million guaranteed, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal cannot become official under the new league year on Tuesday.

Dockett's signing comes after the Cardinals cut him after spending 11 seasons with them to create more cap space.

The three-time Pro Bowler missed all of last season after he tore his ACL during training camp last August.

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49ers Sign Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne

49ers Sign Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thinking outside the box, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Australian National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne to a futures/reserves contract.

Other than rugby, Hayne has no football experience.

Hayne, who was the NRL's Player of the Year in 2014, turned down deals with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions to sign with the 49ers.

The 49ers guaranteed Hayne $100,000 whether he ever makes the field or not.

He has been training since October in the United States with former NFL receiver Tim Dwight.

"He's going to have to come in and play special teams. He's going to have to learn how to rush the punt and then get back and block for a return," Dwight told ESPN.com last week. "He's going to have to learn how to cover a punt, but that should be pretty instinctive to him. We were trying to look at what positions he would play on the field, either offensively or defensively. Rugby, especially being a forward, you're pretty much an offensive-minded guy."

At his Pro Day, Hayne measured in at 6-foot-2, 226 pounds.

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49ers Release WR Stevie Johnson

49ers Release WR Stevie Johnson

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- The 49ers will be releasing wide receiver Stevie Johnson, according to NBC reporter Dianna Russini. 

Johnson, 28, was traded to San Francisco from Buffalo during last year's draft for a conditional fourth-round draft pick.

The Bills drafted Johnson in the 7th round of the 2008 draft out of Kentucky. His best season came in 2010, when he caught 82 passes for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He was never able to recapture that level of production and fell out of favor with the organization. They felt he was expendable after trading up to select Sammy Watkins with the 4th overall pick last year.

Last season he played in 13 games, catching 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers entered the offseason with just over $6 million dollars in cap space.  Releasing Johnson carries no dead money and will free up another $6 million.

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Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told "The TK Show," a San Jose Mercury News podcast on Friday that he wanted to return as the 49ers head coach, but it was their choice to move on.

Harbaugh led the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance during his time in San Francisco.

"I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh said. "And then ... you can call it 'mutual,' I mean, I wasn't going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn't want anymore."

"But that's the truth of it," Harbaugh continued.  "I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."

Harbaugh was 49-22-1 in four seasons and he admitted in the podcast that others inside the organization began treating him differently.

"I wasn't reading anything that was on the Internet, I was really focused on doing my job, but definitely walk down the halls and people look away or they look at you and you know something's going on," Harbaugh said.

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ESPN: 49ers Name Mangini Defensive Coordinator

ESPN: 49ers Name Mangini Defensive Coordinator

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed Eric Mangini to a three-year contract as their new defensive coordinator, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Mangini served as the 49ers tight ends coach last season, but has experience coaching defenses. He served as the New England Patriots' defensive backs coach from 2000 to 2004 before becoming their defensive coordinator in 2005.Mangini takes over for Vic Fangio, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.Mangini also has five years' experience as a NFL head coach. He spent three seasons with the New York Jets and two with the Cleveland Browns, compiling a 33-47 record while making one playoff appearance.

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49ers Introduce Jim Tomsula

49ers Introduce Jim Tomsula

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The San Francisco 49ers introduced their 19th head coach in team history on Thursday, Jim Tomsula.

"I believe it takes a village," Tomsula said of his new role. "No one man does anything by himself."

Tomsula said he understands that expectations are high after San Francisco failed to make the playoffs following three straight NFC Championship game appearances.

"I clearly understand the expectation of the ownership, on and off the field," Tomsula continued.

The 46-year-old Tomsula spent the last nine seasons as the 49ers defensive line coach. He also was the team's interim coach for one game in 2010 after Mike Singletary was fired. Before that, he was the head coach of Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 2006.

"I understand my journey is an unusual one," Tomsula said. "I've taken my family on three continents. Nothing has been the norm. I'm used to not normal."

Tomsula's next task will be finding an offensive coordinator that can work with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Promoted: Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach

Promoted: Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers named Jim Tomsula as their new head coach on Wednesday.The 46-year-old Tomsula spent the last nine seasons as the 49ers defensive line coach. He also was the team's interim coach for one game in 2010, after Mike Singletary was fired.

"Our organization is excited to have Jim Tomsula leading this football team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons. He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team."The 49ers had interviewed their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Mike Shanahan, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now-Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan, Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and the Jets' brand-new head coach Todd Bowles.Next up for the Niners is finding an offensive coordinator to replace Greg Roman, who left for the same job with Buffalo.

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Report: Jim Harbaugh Signs with Michigan

Report: Jim Harbaugh Signs with Michigan

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jim Harbaugh has signed an agreement to become the University of Michigan's new football coach, according to the Detroit Free Press.Harbaugh, who just left his job as the San Francisco 49ers head coach Sunday, heads back to Michigan, where he played quarterback and led the Wolverines to the 1987 Rose Bowl.Harbaugh has had success wherever he's been a head coach: from 2007 to 2010 he coached Stanford, turning around a program that had won only one game the season before he arrived, to a team that won 12 games the season he left. He then spent four years as the 49ers head coach, taking the team to three straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. According to the Detroit Free Press, Harbaugh will be introduced as Michigan's next football coach at a news conference at noon Tuesday.

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49ers, Jim Harbaugh, Part Ways Following Win Over Cardinals

49ers, Jim Harbaugh, Part Ways Following Win Over Cardinals

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh parted ways after their 20-17 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Harbaugh spent the last four years in San Francisco and led them to three NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance.

Harbaugh has an offer from Michigan on the table and could take the job, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

"Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions," said 49ers CEO Jed York. "We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best."

Harbaugh said during the post-game press conference that it has been the "time of my life" coaching the 49ers.

"For the last four seasons I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football," said Harbaugh. "We accomplished many great things together as a team during this period, which is a tribute to the incredible efforts of some of the most dedicated players and coaches in the NFL. I will miss competing alongside this group of players and coaches, I have the utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and support. It has been my honor to share the sideline with these mighty men. I will always appreciate and remember fondly, the passion and support of our faithful fans, and want to express my particular thanks to them."

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Report: Harbaugh Will Accept Michigan Job

Report: Harbaugh Will Accept Michigan Job

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi) -- Jim Harbaugh has decided to return to the college coaching ranks.

According to Dave Feldman of CSN Bay Area, Harbaugh will return to his alma mater to revive the University of Michigan football program.

Harbaugh is technically still the coach of the 49ers but after the relationship between the fiery head coach and General Manager Trent Baalke turned sour it has long been rumored that there would be a change.

Harbaugh was 43-19-1 while with the 49ers, including three NFC championship appearances and a 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Michigan has struggled over the past seven years under the leadership of Rich Rodriguez and most recently Brady Hoke, mounting a 46-42 record in that span. 

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49ers’ Michael Crabtree Looking Forward to Free Agency

49ers’ Michael Crabtree Looking Forward to Free Agency

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There could be massive changes to the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff and roster, and that could include wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

After six seasons with the team, Crabtree is set to become a free agent. With the future of head coach Jim Harbaugh in doubt as well as other members of the team, he's looking forward to testing the free agent market.

"I’ve grown a lot, seen a lot,” Crabtree said, via CSNBayArea.com. “I feel like we’ve done a lot as a team. I feel like I’ve contributed a lot to the team. Feel like the sky’s the limit for me, and I’m taking it one day at a time. I can’t wait to see what's next, the next chapter in my career. I’m going to go hard every day. I’m going to go hard every year, try to get better. Try to maximize my talent.”

Crabtree was the 10th overall pick by the 49ers back in 2009. While he's been a solid player, he never quite lived up to the expectations put on him after a stellar career at Texas Tech.

In 15 games this season, Crabtree has 64 catches for 657 yards and four touchdowns.

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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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