Chris Borland

San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams will be returning to the team in 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Niners reach deal to keep free agent nose tackle

Free agent nose tackle Ian Williams has reached a new five-year deal…

 

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula before an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

After year of change, 49ers move on under Tomsula

SANTA CLARA — Jim Tomsula has been tested so many times already…

 

Since announcing his retirement in March, former 49ers linebacker Chris Borland has had a less-than-friendly relationship with the NFL and his former team. (David Seelig/AP)

Football learns nothing from Borland

Football, in all its life-and-death savagery, has carried on after Chris Borland,…

 

QB Colin Kaepernick, left, drops back to pass alongside Blaine Gabbert at 49ers mini-camp last month. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Trade Kaepernick? He might be only reason to watch

For months, a rumor has circulated that the 49ers were shopping Colin…

QB Colin Kaepernick, left, drops back to pass alongside Blaine Gabbert at 49ers mini-camp last month. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Julio Cortez/2014 AP file photoFormer 49ers linebacker Chris Borland knew he was going to retire — before he played his first and only season in the NFL — due to concerns about his health.

The Borland effect: Powerful decision shows that if football is to end, fans must stop watching

Please understand the disconnect: A football fan will not stop watching football…

Julio Cortez/2014 AP file photoFormer 49ers linebacker Chris Borland knew he was going to retire — before he played his first and only season in the NFL — due to concerns about his health.
Julio Cortez/2014 AP File PhotoNiners linebacker Chris Borland’s choice to retire — choosing health over an NFL career — should be followed by others because of the unlikely chance of making the NFL.

Looking out for health is smart with NFL a pipe dream for most

Niners linebacker Chris Borland’s decision to retire after just one NFL season…

Julio Cortez/2014 AP File PhotoNiners linebacker Chris Borland’s choice to retire — choosing health over an NFL career — should be followed by others because of the unlikely chance of making the NFL.
Michael Zito/2014 AP file photoThe surprising retirement of 49ers’ linebacker Chris Borland was a decision made because of research on the dangers of playing football

Borland’s choice was strictly his own, no other forces involved

We’re in the business of labels here. Two specifically: Good for Ball…

Michael Zito/2014 AP file photoThe surprising retirement of 49ers’ linebacker Chris Borland was a decision made because of research on the dangers of playing football
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoSeattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) runs from San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland (50) during the first quarter in Santa Clara

Chris Borland's rookie 49ers season likely over

SANTA CLARA -- Linebacker Chris Borland's stellar rookie season for San Francisco…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoSeattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) runs from San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland (50) during the first quarter in Santa Clara
Tony Avelar/ap file photo49ers linebacker Chris Borland (50)

49ers rookies shine in big roles, out of necessity

SANTA CLARA -- Seattle Seahawks, meet Chris Borland and Carlos Hyde. Aaron…

Tony Avelar/ap file photo49ers linebacker Chris Borland (50)
Bill Kostroun/AP file photoThe Niners’ defense

Despite personnel changes, defense leads way for 49ers

Only Vic Fangio and his defensive coaches saved the 49ers from another…

Bill Kostroun/AP file photoThe Niners’ defense
Bill Kostroun/APNiners rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch

49ers' defense rises up in win over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Every time the San Francisco offense opened the…

Bill Kostroun/APNiners rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch
AP Photo/Ben MargotSt. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason

Rookie Chris Borland making big plays for 49ers’ ‘D’

SANTA CLARA -- As one of the smallest kids with five brothers…

AP Photo/Ben MargotSt. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason
Billy Hurst/AP file photoNiners linebacker Patrick Willis

49ers' Willis out for season with toe injury

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will miss the remainder of the…

Billy Hurst/AP file photoNiners linebacker Patrick Willis
David J. Phillip/APRookie receiver Bruce Ellington (3) scored a touchdown in the second quarter to help the 49ers extend their lead Thursday.

Borland returns pick for TD, 49ers beat Texans

HOUSTON -- Chris Borland made one more big play to convince the…

David J. Phillip/APRookie receiver Bruce Ellington (3) scored a touchdown in the second quarter to help the 49ers extend their lead Thursday.