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The San Francisco 49ers have continued their slide down the NFL futures betting odds during the off-season, tumbling to 40/1 in Super Bowl 50 betting at the online sportsbooks after opening with strong 16/1 odds, following the New England Patriots’ 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX.

A number of off-season departures by key personnel have taken their toll on the Niners’ prospects for the upcoming NFL season.

The recent retirement of veteran defensive linesman Justin Smith further compounds concerns about San Francisco’s thinning defensive line.

49er fans and management were rocked by the unexpected retirement of linebacker Chris Borland, who ended his career after just one NFL season, citing concerns that a prolonged NFL career could impact his long term health.

Borland joins veteran lineback Patrick Willis, who also called it a career during the off-season.

Experts at Betting Sports are keeping an eye on their offshore odds when it comes to Fog City. With the 49ers scrambling to plug roster holes and division rivals, and the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams showing signs of improvement, San Francisco has also fallen to +800 longshots to win the NFC West in NFL divisional betting at the online sportsbooks.

San Francisco endured a disappointing campaign in 2014, losing four of their last five contests to finish third in the division, ending a three-year run of consecutive NFL playoff appearances.

The Seahawks are once again favorites to claim the NFC West title, with strong -250 odds, followed by the Cards at +500, and the retooled Rams, who sports intriguing +650 odds.

Seattle also remains perched as favorites in Super Bowl 50 betting. The Seahawks, who earned their first championship at Super Bowl XLVII, top the betting odds at 6/1.

The Green Bay Packers, who came up short in last season’s NFC Championship game, dropping a 28-22 overtime decision to the Seahawks, remain close on Seattle’s heels, with 4/1 Super Bowl odds.

It has been a busy off-season for the Indianapolis Colts, who have been active on the free agent market, signing WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore.

While it remains to be seen whether the retooling will earn the Colts their first Super Sunday berth in the post-Peyton Manning era, oddsmakers have liked what they have seen, and made Indy a strong 8/1 Super Bowl bet.

Pending a possible show of leniency by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the New England Patriots will be without QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the NFL season following his suspension for his role in last season’s Deflategate scandal.

Brady’s suspension initially sent the Pats’ Super Bowl odds to 12/1 after opening closely trailing the Seahawks.

But sports bettor confidence appears unshaken, with New England’s odds quickly recovering to an appealing 17/2.

The Dallas Cowboys will be without last season’s Offensive Player of the Year, DeMarco Murray, who defected to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles during the off-season. But that has not dampened the Cowboys’ Super Bowl futures odds, which have held steady at a solid 10/1.

49’ers Veteran OT Anthony Davis Announces His Retirement

at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

at Levi’s Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

49ers veteran offensive tackle Anthony Davis has delivered a late Friday afternoon shocker, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Davis announced he’s stepping away from the NFL indefinitely. He didn’t say he’s retiring, but Davis might as well have.

Here’s his full statement:

“After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s ok.

“I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. I’m simply doing what’s best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.

Sincerely,

Anthony Davis”

Wife of 49’ers DT Suing Company For Antics Based After “Wolf of Wall Street”

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A disturbing report was published today in the New York Post that talks in detail about the wife of 49’ers DT Lawrence Okoye who worked in a real-life “Wolf of Wall Street’’ office.

The story is about 27-year-old Philippa Okoye, who worked at deVere Group office in Manhattan.

Here’s a portion of the story talking about the outlandish exploits at the office, and how higher-up Benjamin Alderson “made it known that he wanted to model [their] office on the ‘Boiler Room’ and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ films,’’ Philippa’s suit says.

Here’s part of the story:

“How many cheerleaders has your boyfriend f–ked today?” Philippa Okoye, 27, who is white, said her boss sneered at her at their deVere Group office in Manhattan, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Referring to Okoye’s now-husband, British Olympic athlete and San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye, the boss allegedly added, “He’s probably f–ked the whole cheerleading squad by now.’’

Higher-up Benjamin Alderson “made it known that he wanted to model [their] office on the ‘Boiler Room’ and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ films,’’ Philippa’s suit says.

“In those films, employees of male-dominated investment firms used highly offensive language and engaged in extremely inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment and drug and alcohol use in the workplace.”
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Philippa says she was the only woman in the Midtown office when she was hired as a senior investment adviser in October 2013.

Surrounded by about 21 male co-workers, she was exposed to sexist antics the first day, she said.

“So can you handle the banter or are you going to be a woman about it and be sensitive?’’ Alderson snipped, she said.

Philippa said that another time, a worker near her announced, “I think it’s disgusting when white women go out with black guys.’’

The story ends with Philippa being demoted and fired. She is suing for damages.

The link to the entire story can be read HERE

Veteran DE Justin Smith Announces His Retirement

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The 49ers have announced to retirement of veteran defensive end Justin Smith.

Smith had been undecided about returning for a 15th NFL season and had been meeting with team officials to determine his future. There is no doubt the 49ers and new head coach Jim Tomsula wanted Smith back but the former University of Missouri star ultimately decided he was ready to hang up his cleats.

Drafted fourth overall in 2001 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Smith was a stalwart on the Bengals defensive line but did not achieve real NFL stardom until signing with the 49ers as a highly-coveted free agent in 2008. He went to five consecutive Pro Bowls as a 49er. Perhaps Smith’s most impressive accomplishment was the streak of 185 consecutive starts from his rookie season through December of 2012.

“Justin is the consummate professional whose impact on this organization can never be measured by statistics alone,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “His durability, competitiveness, work ethic, strength and rare stamina helped set him apart over his 14-year career. Cowboy will go down as one of the best to ever wear a 49ers uniform and his candidness, work ethic and pure passion for the game will be missed. We wish the very best for him and his family!”

Smith’s retirement adds another rotating element to a 49ers team that has gone through many changes since last season. The Niners will open up this year at home on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.  Tickets begin at $105, according to TiqIQ.com. 49ers fans looking to for travel accommodations should use Hipmunk.com as a resource for all information on flights to San Francisco. In addition, Hipmunks provides information on hotels in San Francisco which typically start from $109 in the Bay area.

49ers Four Round Draft Preview

 

The 2015 NFL draft is of the utmost importance to the entire San Francisco 49ers organization, but in particular it is a pivotal point in the tenure of General Manager Trent Baalke. Baalke has outlasted his foes within the organization and is now the unquestioned boss. Owner Jed York might sign the checks, but Baalke is the person who calls the shots in all matters relating to football. This off season has seen a great deal of upheaval and, for good or bad, the eventual results will be attributed directly to Baalke. The overhaul is almost complete, with only the draft remaining as the final piece of the puzzle.  So far this year the 49ers have lost several players who were key contributors in recent seasons. Baalke’s philosophy is strongly focused around building through the draft. Over the next three days the 49ers have a chance to fill the holes left by departed veterans as well as add players who can step in to replace the team’s pending free agents in 2016 and 2017.
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49ers to Talk to LB Lance Briggs Monday

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Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com he has a Monday visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers.

Briggs just completed his 12th and final season with the Chicago Bears. The Elk Grove, California, native grew up 1 ½ hours from Candlestick Park and was a 49ers fan.

The 49ers are in desperate need of help at linebacker following the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. The team only has three experienced inside linebackers on the roster.

Briggs, who turns 35 in November, said he strongly believes he can “still perform at an elite level” as he looks to continue his career. He played in just eight games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Niners Expected to Release WR Stevie Johnson

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The 49ers are expected to release wide receiver Stevie Johnson on Wednesday, but both sides are keeping the door open for a possible return at a reduced salary, a source told Matt Maiocco of CSN BayArea.

With the release of Johnson, the 49ers will clear an immediate salary-cap savings of $6.025 million – the amount Johnson was scheduled to make in 2015. There is no “dead money” involved in the transaction because Johnson was acquired last year in a trade from the Buffalo Bills.

The 49ers have expressed an interest in re-signing Johnson at a lower salary. However, Johnson will become available to any team as a free agent once he is officially released.

The 49ers on Tuesday signed free-agent wide receiver Torrey Smith to a reported five-year, $40 million contract. Smith is expected to replace free-agent Michael Crabtree in the 49ers’ starting lineup and provide the offense with a needed deep threat.

The addition of Smith makes Johnson expendable at his scheduled salary.