ALAMEDA — The Raiders cut ties with two former first-round picks on Tuesday by releasing starting receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive back Michael Huff.
The Raiders also cut defensive end Dave Tollefson and re-signed cornerback Phillip Adams to a one-year deal before the start of the league year. Read More
The 49ers parted ways with six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday as they released the 14-year veteran.
“He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a
In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers compiled 297 points — the most in the NFL during that span. He made 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 PATs. Read More
It appears as if Alex Smith’s tenure in San Francisco could be over. But his new destination is still a mystery.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora tweeted Sunday night that the 49ers have told other teams inquiring that a deal for the quarterback is “effectively complete.”
The trade partner is not known, but NFL.com reported that the Kansas City Chiefs, who own the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft, seem most likely. Read More
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles hired Tom Gamble to be vice president of player personnel.
Gamble spent the previous eight seasons with the defending NFC champion 49ers, including the last two as director of player personnel. The move was announced Wednesday.
Gamble will work in both the college and pro personnel departments. Read More
SANTA CLARA — Niners coach Jim Harbaugh will make it a priority to re-sign franchise safety Dashon Goldson to a long-term contract this offseason — something the defender believes he has more than earned after helping his team reach the Super Bowl. Read More
OK, we’ve had our two weeks of all things irrelevant, including an actual breakdown of the news conference attire chosen by John and Jim Harbaugh.
We’ve had our fill of filler stories. You know, the little-known tale of the trials and tribulations of the special teams gunner. Gripping stuff that you’ll never again give a second thought.
We’ve been amused by the players who just can’t help themselves. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Making the game safer is making NFL players unsure what’s a legal hit.
Players on both Super Bowl teams say they are confused about which hits are considered clean and which ones could lead to a fine. And it’s not just the guys on defense who are wondering about the future of pro football.
“I think the rules will change a lot,” 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said Tuesday. “There’s already no helmet to helmet. Might be flag football, maybe.” Read More
Soon after arriving in New Orleans for the Super Bowl late Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens found out exactly why this football game is different from all the rest.
Coach John Harbaugh and several players were surrounded by hundreds of members of the media at the team hotel, and there were still plenty of questions to be asked before Harbaugh, then the players, were whisked away by Ravens officials. Read More
Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the league’s last.
Whether the NFL’s all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. And the players gave plenty to consider on both sides of the argument Sunday. Read More
NFL coaching has changed enormously since Bill Walsh started the run of 49ers Super Bowl championships and the ability of the 49ers coaching staff to adapt to the changes has been a big factor in their success.
Walsh was his own offensive coordinator, running an offense that was unique in the NFL when he started. Similarly, George Seifert, who became defensive coordinator in 1983, made all the calls on defense. Read More