NFL trades, retirements, and Revis Island back to NJ

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL’s business season began with a bang. Several actually: trades, retirements and, yes, even some big free agent moves. It wasn’t until mid-evening Tuesday that the first huge star took advantage of free agency: Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets for five years and $70 million. There were plenty of[…]

Fast-changing 49ers making waves on and off the field

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made a splash before free agency even began. Franchise rushing leader Frank Gore is gone. A former Australian rugby star is here. Star linebacker Patrick Willis announced his retirement Tuesday and fellow defensive stalwart Justin Smith might follow. And Colin Kaepernick is still the quarterback despite[…]

49ers’ Patrick Willis retires after injury-shortened season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — His eyes filling with tears, seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis bid farewell to football and called it one of his happiest days yet because he is leaving on his own terms. His tender size-13 feet — “12½ when they’re bent” — can no longer handle the grind of NFL[…]