Wide receiver Torrey Smith signs five-year deal with 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith has finalized his new five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal includes $22 million in guaranteed money and could be worth as much as $40 million, a person with direct knowledge of the contract said, speaking on condition of anonymity because details[…]

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[…]

AP Source: Cardinals, Iupati agree to 5-year deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Arizona Cardinals and free agent guard Mike Iupati have agreed on a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed. The person asked not to be identified because the deal has not officially been announced. Announcement of the agreement is pending a physical,[…]

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[…]