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San Francisco 49ers Announce Practice Squad

Santa Clara CA.– The San Francisco 49ers announced today that they have signed nine players to the team’s practice squad. All nine players spent the 2015 training camp with the 49ers.

Pos.        Name
WR       DiAndre Campbell
CB         Marcus Cromartie
RB         Kendall Gaskins
DT         Kaleb Ramsey
LB          Marcus Rush
NT         Garrison Smith
QB         Dylan Thompson
G             Andrew Tiller
S             Jermaine Whitehead

San Francisco 49ers Release 14 Players, Set 53-Man Roster

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Santa Clara, CA. – The San Francisco 49ers announced on Saturday they have released 14 players. The team also placed tight end Busta Anderson and running back Kendall Hunter on the Injured Reserve List. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson has also been placed on the Reserve/Suspended List.

The 49ers also acquired center Nick Easton from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick. Easton must pass a physical for the trade to be executed.

Easton (6-3, 305) originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 2015 out of Harvard University. He appeared in 24 games for the Crimson where he earned First-Team All-Ivy League honors twice in his career (2013-14). As a senior in 2014, he earned Academic All-Ivy League honors and started all 10 games as Harvard went undefeated on the season. A 23-year-old native of Lenoir, NC, Easton attended Hibriten (Lenoir, NC) High School.

The following players have been released and the roster now stands at 53 players:

Pos.            Name

WR     DiAndre Campbell

CB      Marcus Cromartie

G/C    Dillon Farrell

RB      Kendall Gaskins

TE       Xavier Grimble

CB      Leon McFadden

LB       Nick Moody

DT      Kaleb Ramsey

OL      Justin Renfrow

DL       Marcus Rush

NT      Garrison Smith

QB      Dylan Thompson

G          Andrew Tiller

S           Jermaine Whitehead


Courtesy of 49ers Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Release Six Players

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have released the following six players:

Pos.                 Name

WR         Issac Blakeney
S               Craig Dahl
DT           Darnell Dockett
G              Joe Looney
OL           Patrick Miller
LB            Philip Wheeler

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Devon Wylie

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Devon Wylie, the club announced Tuesday.

Wylie was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He appeared in six games during his rookie campaign, recording six receptions for 53 yards. In 2013, he played in two games with the Tennessee Titans, handling kick and punt return duties. Last season, he spent time on the practice squads of the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. For his career, Wylie has played in eight games and totaled six catches for 63 yards, 14 kickoff returns for 285 yards (20.4 avg.) and seven punt returns for 30 yards (4.3 avg.).

Wylie played collegiately at Fresno State, appearing in 44 games and totaling 98 receptions for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 41 punt returns for 553 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 185 pounder is a native of Roseville, Calif., and attended Granite Bay High School.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived WR Austin Willis.

Player Signing Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Legends Announced As Project Manager For New Sacramento MLS Stadium

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Nationally renowned firm will lead development of proposed downtown stadium for Sacramento Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) announced today, the hiring of Legends as project manager for the development of a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento. SSEH is the parent company of USL franchise Sacramento Republic FC.

The announcement represents a significant step forward in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise. Plans for a new, privately-financed stadium are 100 percent on track, pending the award of MLS expansion rights to Sacramento, and can be ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Legends to Operation Turnkey,” said Mayor Johnson. “Sacramento is laser-focused on bringing MLS to our community, and today’s news shows just how serious we are about putting the ball into the back of the net.”

“A strong team just got stronger,” said Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “Legends brings tremendous credibility, expertise, passion and commitment to our group. They understand our market and share our vision for building a world-class stadium worthy of both the MLS and our incredible fans.”

The Legends team will bring both global reach and local expertise to the stadium effort. Current partners include the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City FC. Locally, Legends partnered in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers to launch Levi’s Stadium and in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings on a groundbreaking food and beverage program for the upcoming Golden 1 Center. Both the York Family of the 49ers and Kings are key investors in Republic FC on the MLS-level..

“We are extremely excited to have been hired to manage this project,” said Shervin Mirhashemi, President and COO, Legends. “We look forward to working closely with all of the key stakeholders to deliver the visionary stadium that befits all that the City of Sacramento and Republic FC stand for.”

Industry veteran Dale Koger, Legends Senior Vice President of Project Development, will lead Legends’ work on the stadium. Koger and his team will provide extensive experience in key areas of design, planning, engineering, and related activities in stadium predevelopment.

For more information, please visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Trindon Holliday, Waive/Injured Andre Debose

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR/RS Trindon Holliday, the club announced Wednesday. To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived/injured WR Andre Debose with an Achilles injury.

Holliday joins the Silver and Black after stints with the Houston Texans (2011-12), Denver Broncos (2012-13), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014) and San Francisco 49ers (2014). He has appeared in 33 career games, totaling 82 punt returns for 769 yards (9.4 avg.) and 54 kickoff returns for 1,455 yards (26.9 avg.), with a total of four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). In four postseason appearances with Denver, the 5-foot-5, 170pounder has added 90 yards on three punt returns (30.0 avg.) with one score and 12 kickoff returns for 344 yards (28.7 avg.) with one touchdown.

Originally a sixth-round pick (197th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft, Holliday played four years (2006-09) at LSU, where he contributed at running back and led the SEC as a senior in punt return touchdowns (one) and average yards per punt return (18.1). With four career rushing touchdowns in college, Holliday also amassed four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). The Zachary, La., native also won the 2009 NCAA title in the 100-meter dash.

Press Release Courtesy of The Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Veteran Wide Reciever Michael Crabtree

April 13, 2015 8:57PM PT

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent wide receiver  Michael Crabtree, the club announced Monday.

Crabtree joins the Raiders following six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, during with he helped the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. Crabtree’s career totals include 79 games played with 77 starts, 347 receptions for 4,327 yards (12.5 avg.) and 26 touchdowns. Additionally, he has posted 40 catches for 516 yards and four touchdowns in eight postseason games.

Last season, Crabtree started all 16 games, producing 68 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns. In San Francisco’s Week 3 game at Arizona, Crabtree posted a career-high 10 receptions.

In 2012, the 6-foot-1, 214-pounder set career highs with 85 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, helping the 49ers capture the NFC Championship. In Super Bowl XLVII, he posted five receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown.

The Dallas, Texas, native was originally drafted the 49ers in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Texas Tech. Crabtree was at two-time winner (2007-08) of the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given the nation’s top wide receiver. The two-time All-American finished his two-year career at Texas Tech with 231 receptions for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Linebacker Chris Borland Is Retiring

March 16, 2015 8:33 PM PT

Berkeley, California – Rookie linebacker Chris Borland,  of the San Francisco 49ers, announced that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland, one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told “Outside the Lines” on Monday.

Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, and studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told “Outside the Lines.” “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

Borland: “I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been, for me it’s wanting to be proactive,” said Borland. “I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late. … There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise.”

After the retirement last week of All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis. Borland was expected to be a key part of the 49ers defense this season.

Borland had a four-year contract with the 49ers worth just under $3 million.

The decision to retire had nothing to do with the 49ers, Borland said. He said that his feelings toward the team and his teammates marked one of the hardest aspects of the decision.

“It’s an incredible organization, and they truly looked out for players’ best interests,” he said.

Borlands’ move to retire is a shocking one and it adds to a long list of quality 49ers players that have moved on from the team since  Jim Harbaugh’s departure.

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Former 49ers Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson To Visit Patriots On Monday

March 15, 2015 3:15 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

The former 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson will visit the Patriots on Monday.

The New England Patriots lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to the New York Jets.  It makes sense that the Patriots would be interested in a receiver who traditionally does well against Revis.

Johnson was cut by the 49ers on Thursday, and he visited the San Diego Chargers on Friday.

The Jets also have interest in Johnson, which makes sense given that his former coach in Buffalo Bills coach is now the offensive coordinator of the Jets.

The San Francisco 49ers Snag Former Detroit Lions Running Back Reggie Bush

March 14, 2015 5:49 PM PT

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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – The number two overall pick in the 2006 draft, legendary USC Running Back Reggie Bush, agreed to undisclosed terms with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.  After visiting with  the 49ers on Wednesday and then the New England Patriots on Friday. Reports said that he left New England without a deal offered.

Bush is now a 30-year-old veteran who’s recently had a problem staying healthy in his last couple  seasons. He has missed 8-games over the past two seasons.  He has only played a full 16 game schedule twice in his NFL career. Bush joins a 49ers backfield that could use his multitalented skill-set. Possibly play the role of a 3rd-down running back and in most passing situations.

“The best is yet to come,” Bush posted on his Twitter account, 

Bush rushed for 297 yards and also had 253 receiving yards in 11 games last season for the Detroit Lions.  He was slowed by an ankle injury. He’s spent two years with both the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins after playing his first five seasons with the New Orleans Saints who drafted the Heisman Trophy winner. 

After visiting with Bush, general manager Trent Baalke called him a “great guy, great guy. We had a very good conversation.” 

Baalke envisions a running back-by-committee approach.

Bush will complement Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter in a 49ers backfield that will be without Frank Gore for the first time since 2004. Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher, signed a three-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts last week after pulling away from the Philadelphia Eagles offer.

The 49ers lost a sixth starter from last season: cornerback Perrish Cox, who agreed to join the Tennessee Titans (three years, $15 million, according to the Baltimore Sun).

The 49ers also added veteran cornerbacks Chris Cook and Shareece Wright who agreed on one-year deals.

Wright led the league in pass interference penalties during his final season with the Chargers. He spent the last four years in San Diego.  He reportedly got a $4 million deal that includes $1 million in incentives.