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Big trades steal spotlight from free agents

...leader.Two retirements also drew attention away from the chase for free agents. Five-time All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis, the heart of San Francisco's defense for eight seasons, called it quits. The 2007 Defensive Rookie of the Year...
Let's get nasty: 49ers vs. Seahawks

...hard feelings all around, even if 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis tones it down slightly."There's no question there's...Tukuafu RB 6-4/29351 Dan Skuta LB 6-2/25052 Patrick Willis LB 6-1/24053 NaVorro Bowman LB 6-0/24254 Nick...
Healthy 49ers defense ready for playoff run

...Aldon Smith returned two weeks before that after missing five games to do a stint in rehab, and All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis also missed two games during that stretch. The 49ers haven't been the same since they returned."I hope I've...
Playoff-bound Seattle Seahawks try to clinch the NFC West

...Yet that hardly matters with the high stakes on this one."It's a new game, another Sunday," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We've talked about it the last couple of weeks that every game we play from here on it out is important...
49ers regain footing, rout Rams 35-11

...footing against the team that gave them the most trouble last season. Minus cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and linebackers Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, they quieted a raucous, hopeful crowd, sending all but a few thousand home early.Kaepernick...
Seattle set to open camp amid major hype

...triceps that required offseason surgery. He anchors one of league's top defenses past two seasons, aided by stars Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Carlos Rogers. With solid lines and big-time playmakers, 49ers look to get...
Crucial time for 49ers to rediscover magic

...wraps, too. With Smith, who set a franchise record with 19½ sacks last year, out for an undetermined time and Patrick Willis troubled by a groin injury, the defense that helped propel the 49ers to the Super Bowl last season is shaky at best...
Candlestick's farewell draws mixed emotions

...field with guys who are in the Hall of Fame and guys who have won championships for this organization," linebacker Patrick Willis said.There's no debate that a dynasty was born with "The Catch." Candlestick's top-10 football moments...
Sunday's NFL Capsules

...after Sam Bradford threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 remaining.San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis was flagged for holding Lance Kendricks on third down of St. Louis' final drive, a costly mistake that kept his...
Seahawks visit 49ers in key NFC West matchup

...41-yard showing last weekend."I used to think about all that and get tied up in all that," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We still take pride in our run game. It's the National Football League, and sometimes guys are going...


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