The San Francisco 49ers took another shot to the gut this week, inside linebacker Chris Borland telling Outside the Lines on Monday he was going to retire after one season. Here’s an updated look at where the Niners currently stand after the first week of free agency in the new league year:
RB Jarryd Hayne: Australian rugby star chose the Niners, who he said gave him $100,000 guaranteed on a futures/reserve contract, over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks to begin his American football adventure and plans to play running back and special teams … if he makes the squad.
DL Darnell Dockett: Former Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowler stays in the division to fortify D-line, which will already be without Ray McDonald and possibly also Justin Smith, with two-year, $7.5 million contract.
WR Jerome Simpson: Acrobatic wideout known for his forward somersault TD for Cincinnati and his legal issues signed to two-year deal.
WR Torrey Smith: Five-year, $40 million contract with $22 million guaranteed brings big and fast deep threat who could be the yin to Anquan Boldin’s yang -- like they were in Baltimore when the Ravens beat the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII.
RB Reggie Bush: No. 2 pick of 2006 draft has reached an agreement to return to California as the San Diego native and USC product should be part of a three-headed Niners rushing attack, along with Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter.
OL Erik Pears: Eight-year NFL veteran who spent past five years with Buffalo Bills agreed to two-year agreement, purportedly to provide depth given that he has played both guard (PFF gave him a minus-25.0 grade last season, 76th of 78 guards) and right tackle in his career.
LB Patrick Willis: Spiritual leader retires at age 30 after eight seasons, seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro selections due to sore feet and a desire to move on.
WR Stevie Johnson: Released in cost-cutting move, signed three-year, $10.5 million deal with San Diego Chargers.
CB Chris Culliver: Took his career-high four interceptions from 2014 and legal issues to Washington with a four-year deal worth up to $32 million.
LB Chris Borland: Stunned Niners and NFL by announcing his retirement after one standout season, citing potential future health concerns.
QB Blaine Gabbert: Lone QB to throw a fourth-quarter TD last season agrees to two-year, $2 million deal to return as Colin Kaepernick’s backup.
TE Garrett Celek: signed to a one-year deal.
LS Kyle Nelson: signed to four-year deal.
TE Derek Carrier: signed a two-year extension.
CB Chris Cook: re-signed to a one-year deal.
DL Justin Smith: Contemplating retirement
QB Josh Johnson
WR Michael Crabtree: Has drawn interest from Washington and San Diego Chargers.
LB Desmond Bishop: Perhaps becomes more appealing to Niners with only three inside linebackers with NFL experience currently under contract.