Dec 26, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed (81) prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Oft-injured TE Jordan Reed retiring after 7 seasons

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Former Pro Bowl but oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed is retiring after seven seasons in the NFL, ESPN and NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Reed, 30, never played a full slate of games and missed the entire 2019 season due to complications from a concussion. It was the seventh documented concussion dating back to his college career at Florida.

Knee and toe injuries also often sidelined the 6-foot-2 Reed.

Reed played in 10 games (one start) last season in San Francisco after six seasons with the Washington franchise, which drafted him in the third round of the 2013 draft. Reed made the Pro Bowl in 2016 despite playing just 12 games. He caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns.

His best statistical season came in 2015 when he had 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 TDs, all career highs. He played in 14 games that season, also a career best. Three seasons he played in 10 games or fewer.

Reed finishes with 28 career TDs in 75 games (36 starts).

–Field Level Media

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Alex Smith retires from NFL after 16 seasons

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Alex Smith, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, announced his retirement on Monday in a video posted to Instagram, 16 years after he was the first pick in the NFL draft.

Smith led the Washington Football Team into the playoffs more than two years after the devastating injury he sustained in Week 11 of the 2018 season. He required 17 surgeries to save his leg, repair the injury and fight a life-threatening infection.

Washington released him last month. Smith became a free agent, and the move saved the club nearly $15 million against the 2021 salary cap.

Smith, who turns 37 next month, started the 2020 season as Washington’s third-string quarterback. The team turned to Kyle Allen after Dwayne Haskins was ineffective, and Smith took over after Allen suffered a season-ending injury in Week 9.

He played in eight regular-season games, starting six, and completed 168 of 252 passes (66.7 percent) for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns. He was unable to play in Washington’s wild-card loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a calf injury.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by San Francisco, Smith was 99-67-1 as a starter and passed for 35,650 yards and 199 touchdowns in 174 games with the 49ers (2005-12), Kansas City Chiefs (2014-17) and Washington.

–Field Level Media

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In big odds shift, Ohio State QB Justin Fields favorite for third pick

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields jumped ahead of Alabama’s Mac Jones and is the heavy favorite to be the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The San Francisco 49ers hold the No. 3 pick after a trade with the Miami Dolphins and had previously been connected to Jones, the quarterback who led the Alabama Crimson Tide to the 2020 national championship.

But DraftKings Sportsbook pulled a 180 on Thursday and Fields is now the favorite to be picked third at -121.

Fields was +175 to go third overall with Jones favored at -150 on Wednesday before he held his second pro day workout. The 49ers were in attendance and a photo of Fields laughing with San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan was widely circulation on social media.

Jones is the second favorite for the third pick. His odds are now +100, ahead of North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance (+300).

FanDuel made a similar move Thursday, slotting Fields at -125 and in the favorite’s role with Jones +105 and Lance +650.

–Field Level Media

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QB3? 49ers set to attend second pro day of Justin Fields, Trey Lance

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With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, are the San Francisco 49ers locked in on a new quarterback?

Signs point that way as multiple reports indicate the team brass of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be in attendance for the second pro day workouts of prospects Trey Lance (North Dakota State) and Justin Fields (Ohio State).

Fields has his second pro day on Wednesday and Lance is scheduled for his second showing April 19 (Monday), just 11 days before the draft.

Fields is staging another workout in part because the 49ers were in Tuscaloosa, Ala., watching the Crimson Tide draft class that could produce a record number of first-round picks later this month. That includes quarterback Mac Jones.

Interest in the 2021 quarterback class is through the roof and speculation points to the top three or four selections in the draft being spent on QBs, starting with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DraftKings lists Lawrence as a -10000 favorite to be the top pick in the draft.

Lynch was in attendance for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day right before the franchise acquired the No. 3 pick in the draft from the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins secured the 49ers’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 as well as first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They also received a third-round selection in 2022.

That 12th overall pick didn’t stay with the Dolphins for long. Miami sent it, along with the 123rd overall pick and a 2022 first-round selection, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Nos. 6 and 156 overall picks in 2021.

The Dolphins initially acquired the third overall pick as part of the trade that sent left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

While Miami has Tua Tagovailoa as its starter, the trade put the 49ers in play to land one of the top-tier QBs of the draft.

Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 pick, while the New York Jets traded their own starter, Sam Darnold, and at No. 2 would have a choice from among Wilson, Fields, Lance and Alabama’s Jones.

Drafting a quarterback third overall could create additional draft dominoes considering the 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo in the fold.

Garoppolo, 29, was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and guided the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2018, and his cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Former NFL player Phillip Adams kills five, himself

Former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams shot and killed five people in South Carolina before committing suicide, according to multiple reports Thursday. Adams was 32.

The Herald of Rock Hill, S.C., citing unnamed sources, reported Adams killed Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife, Barbara, 69, two of their grandchildren — Adah, 9, and Noah, 5 — and James Lewis, 38, on Wednesday in Rock Hill, S.C.

The York County Sheriff’s coroner’s office said Dr. Lesslie and his wife were pronounced dead at the scene, and that Lewis, who had been working at the home, was found shot to death outside.

The Herald reported that police tracked Adams to a home near the shooting site, where law enforcement officials said Adams is believed to have killed himself once police had him surrounded.

Per The Associated Press, Adams had been treated by the doctor prior to the shooting.

A sixth person, reportedly a maintenance person from the Lesslie home, was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” per The Herald.

Adams starred in football and basketball at Rock Hill High School, then attended South Carolina State. The San Francisco 49ers selected him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Adams played in 78 career games (11 starts) in the NFL and recorded 128 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, then-Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and 49ers.

Adams last played in 2015 with the Falcons.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Dolphins trade No. 3 pick to 49ers, get Eagles’ No. 6 pick

The San Francisco 49ers acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from the Miami Dolphins, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Per reports, the Dolphins secured the 49ers’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 as well as first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They also received a third-round selection in 2022.

That 12th overall pick didn’t stay with the Dolphins for long. Miami sent it, along with the 123rd overall pick and a 2022 first-round selection, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the No. 6 and 156 overall picks in 2021.

The Dolphins initially acquired the third overall pick as part of the trade that sent left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

While Miami has Tua Tagovailoa as its starting quarterback, the trade now puts the 49ers in play to land one of the top-tier QBs of the draft. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the New York Jets (at No. 2) will have a choice between BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance or Alabama’s Mac Jones.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch was on hand Friday for Wilson’s pro day.

ESPN reported that the 49ers plan to keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the fold.

Garoppolo, 29, was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and guided the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2018, and his cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

Philadelphia’s decision to trade away the sixth overall pick likely means it will stay with second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts as their starter. Veteran Joe Flacco signed a contract with the team this week.

The 2021 NFL Draft begins on April 29.

–Field Level Media

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DE Kerry Hyder reaches three-year deal with Seahawks

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Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Kerry Hyder is signing a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks, his agent announced Tuesday.

The bump in pay is a significant one for Hyder, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the 49ers prior to the 2020 season.

Hyder, 29, made the most of his playing time last season, recording career-high totals in tackles (49) and sacks (8.5). He started 14 of the 16 games in which he played.

Hyder has collected 108 tackles, 18.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in 56 career games (16 starts) with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and 49ers.

–Field Level Media

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49ers sign C Alex Mack to three-year deal

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Center Alex Mack signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

The 35-year-old former Cal star is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and his deal is worth $5.5 million per season, according to ESPN.

“We are excited to add another Pro Bowl player to our offensive line,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a release. “Throughout his career, Alex has been a model of consistency. His leadership and high character will be felt throughout our team and community.”

Mack was a first-round pick (21st overall) in 2009. He has 179 career regular-season starts and five playoff starts.

Mack spent the past five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons — including reaching the Super Bowl with current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator — and played for the Cleveland Browns from 2009-2015.

–Field Level Media

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49ers make Trent Williams NFL’s top-paid OL

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams is set to become the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL to kick off free agency on Wednesday.

Williams, 32, agreed to a six-year deal worth up to $138.1 million with the 49ers — the richest deal for an offensive lineman in league history. He’ll receive $55.1 million guaranteed and $30.1 million as a signing bonus, according to multiple reports.

Williams was the top-rated free agent offensive tackle available.

The eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle was acquired by the 49ers from the Washington Football Team after sitting out the entire 2019 season in what Williams said was a health-related contract situation.

He played 14 games for the 49ers last season and has played in 134 games (133 starts) in his career.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) intercepts a pass intended for Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims (89) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: CB Jason Verrett agrees to deal with 49ers

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Cornerback Jason Verrett agreed to terms on a contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

Multiple media outlets reported the one-year deal is worth $5.5 million. The NFL Network noted that worth of the pact escalates to $6.5 million should Verrett make the Pro Bowl.

Niners general manager John Lynch took to social media to recognize the deal.

The move comes with the 49ers expecting to lose veteran cornerback Richard Sherman to free agency.

Verrett, 29, recorded a career-high 60 tackles to go along with two interceptions in 13 games last season.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2015, Verrett has totaled 140 tackles and seven interceptions in 39 career games (35 starts). He was selected by the then-San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media