Former running back Chuck Muncie, a three-time All-Pro has died at the age of 60 from a heart attack.
A star at Cal, Muncie finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior, then was the third overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 1976 NFL Draft.
He was traded to the San Diego Chargers during the 1980 season. In 1981, he scored a league-leading 19 touchdowns. Read More
Now that the smoke has cleared and the NFL draft, all that’s left this offseason is to ponder who has positioned themselves the best to win Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014. According to Bovada.com, the 49ers are clearly the team to beat. The 49ers were listed as the 6-1 favorite to win next year’s championship.
During the offseason, the 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. They signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and kicker Phil Dawson. Read More
Minnesota went all in with three first-round picks.
Super Bowl champion Baltimore went for replacements for Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
The New York Jets added to their quarterback uncertainty by taking Geno Smith in the second round.
Teams loaded up on linemen, making the big and beefy guys this year's stars.
The 2013 NFL draft was light on glamour at the skill positions, but heavy on intrigue (when would Manti Te'o go?) and burly bodies able to either get after or protect all those pricey passers. Read More
On a night that made a mockery of all the draft projections, the Raiders and 49ers both used trades to achieve their objective.
The Raiders were first to make a move, trading their No. 3 pick to the Miami Dolphins and moving back to No. 12 but also picking up the Dolphins’ second-round pick, making up for the one they had given up in the Carson Palmer trade. Read More
For only the second time in the past 16 years, the debate at the top of the NFL Draft doesn’t involve a quarterback.
“This is a really a meat and potatoes draft, certainly early in the first couple of rounds with linemen, which is exciting,” said Howie Roseman, general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, who hold the fourth overall pick. “It may not be the flashiest thing, but it’s exciting.” Read More
ALAMEDA — For seven straight years starting in 2004, the Oakland Raiders had a top 10 pick in the NFL draft only to end up disappointed in the outcome.
Six botched selections and one misguided trade later, the results from those years add up to no playoff berths, no winning records, no Pro Bowl invitations and only oft-injured Darren McFadden left on the roster. Read More
As Dan Fouts was introduced to a standing ovation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback experienced a trip down memory lane. Read More
The NFL schedule is filled with return visits and intriguing matchups, beginning with a road game for the defending Super Bowl champions.
And Peyton Manning will be part of that, as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Denver for the now-traditional Thursday night opener on Sept. 5. The Orioles are home that night and Major League Baseball could not move their game.
So $121 million quarterback Joe Flacco and his fellow champs were sent to Denver — to face Manning and the team they beat in double overtime on their way to the Super Bowl. Read More
Because of the way they’ve been run the last few years, the 49ers and Raiders will face very different scenarios in this year’s NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.
Adroit personnel moves have netted the 49ers extra draft picks, so they’ll have 13 to use or trade for future usage. Their first round pick is next-to-last, but trading Alex Smith to Kansas City netted them the Chiefs’ second-round pick, second in that round, so they’ll have two picks in four choices in that segment. Read More
The bargain-bin makeover by general manager Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen is nearly complete, with the NFL draft providing the finishing touches to a franchise in transition.
It’s apparent based on offseason maneuvers the new regime has identified the reasons for its 4-12 season after back-to-back 8-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011.
While the entire team got an overhaul, the Raiders have determined offensive problems had a lot to do with scheme, while the defensive issues had to do with personnel. Read More