On Sunday news broke that the longtime 49ers running back would be headed to Philadelphia on a three year deal. But as of Tuesday morning, the day NFL free agents can actually sign new deals – Gore had a new likely destination, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
Patrick Willis, the man considered the heart and soul of the San Francisco 49ers defensive unit announced his retirement from football Tuesday with an emotional speech where he spoke of the challenges to stayng healthy and his happiness of looking forward the next chapter in his life.
The Coach talks about NFL free-trade talk that goes before players are signed, the trade rumors of 49er QB Colin Kaepernick, the signing of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and loss of Frank Gore.
Mark Purdy suggested in this morning’s San Jose Mercury-News that yesterday might go down as the worst day in 49ers’ history, unless today is even worse. At least when it comes down to off-the-field news, he might be right. Free agents Gore, Crabtree, Iupati and Skuta are gone, or presumed gone (hours before the free agent signing period begins); Patrick Willis confirmed that he’s retiring, amid an NBC report that Justin Smith will do the same; and Santa Clara police confirmed Bruce Miller was arrested last week on a domestic violence charge.
Forty Niner fans everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE, are wondering what in the world is going on down in Santa Clara. One year ago the stadium was nearing completion, the 49ers were Super Bowl favorites and the only concern was where season ticket holders would set up their tailgate.
Fullback Bruce Miller of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested last week on suspicion of spousal battery in Santa Clara, according to police.
When Frank Gore arrived the 49ers were coming off a 2-14 season and there was no real reason for hope among the 49er faithful. Gore’s consistent performances provided that that hope on offense. A few years later the addition of Patrick Willis gave the defense a stout, punishing identity. The duo helped tick the win-loss record higher until Jim Harbaugh arrived to put all the pieces together. It’s clear now that any future success for the franchise will come without any of them.
The 2015 San Francisco 49ers will look much, much different that the team that appeared in the Super Bowl just a couple of seasons ago. Multiple sources report the team will lose two the mainstays of their NFC championship defense: Patrick Willis and Justin Smith.
According to ESPN, the Eagles will sign 49ers free agent running back Frank Gore to replace LeSean McCoy, who was traded to the Bills recently for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
The Raiders will be staying in Oakland for another NFL season, but where they’ll play after that is still very much up in the air.
Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes when KPIX 5 produced a pregame show on the field before the San Francisco 49ers played their first exhibition at the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.