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The Conversation the NFL Does Not Want to Have

Is the spate of surprising retirements by 49ers players this offseason an outlier or the start of a trend? The league hopes it's the former because it's unprepared to deal with the latter. Plus, thoughts on the NFL's antiquated stance on gambling

On Trades, Retirement and the Winston-Goodell Chat

Jimmy Graham’s a Seahawk, Sam Bradford’s an Eagle, and NFL fans are dizzy. The opening of the 2015 league year brought a frenzy of headlines—including likely No. 1 pick Jameis Winston’s surprise meeting with the NFL commissioner

Don’t Panic, Niners Fans

The reaction to what’s happening with the 49ers ranges from outrage to despair, but remember—there are no winners or losers in March. Let’s allow the process play out, and see the on-field product, before making any final judgments

49ers Preview: S.F. eyes 4th NFC title game in row

Can a potentially more potent offense offset what might be a decline on defense? San Francisco will find out as Colin Kaepernick and company aim to keep pace with their Super Bowl champion, NFC West neighbors to the north

49ers Report: Likely Aldon Absence Puts S.F. in Bind

Aldon Smith's looming suspension hangs heavy over a team looking to finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy after three straight near-misses. Can the defense—also without injured Navorro Bowman—keep up its torrid pace of seasons past?

Video: Getting Ready for a Grudge Match

49ers linebacker Patrick Willis looks ahead to this weekend's battle with the Seahawks, and the potential for a NFC title game rematch

49ers Preview: Don’t Crown Them Yet

They were the darlings of 2012, but—despite boasting talent and good coaching—more than a few warning signs point to a regression in San Francisco