NFC West Blog
Unrestricted free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals will retire, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via his Twitter account Saturday night.
Jim Harbaugh said re-signing Boldin was a top priority this off season, and he meant it. The 49ers re-signed Boldin to a two year, 12 million dollar extension on Monday, with nine million guaranteed. Boldin wanted to be the first to break the news of his return, and did so via Twitter, "@49ers fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you I'm returning to San Francisco."
In an effort to free up cap space, the Seattle Seahawks released WR Sidney Rice and DE Red Bryant. Rice would have cost the Seahawks 7.3 million against cap this coming year; Bryant 5.5 million. Both of the veterans were informed of their impending release on Feb. 21, a week before they were officially cut.
It's a slow news day, so let's take an trip inside the mind of Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall.
Mendenhall wrote a blog entry for The Huffington Post on Tuesday in which he describes a vision he had the day after he tore his right ACL during the Steelers' regular-season finale of 2012.
Mendenhall writes that his vision consisted on swimming in dark, cold, dangerous waters late at night. As he moved through the waters, Mendenhall, who is not Catholic, writes that he saw the mother of Christ.
"Through it all, I knew that after much toil ... that undoubtedly I would reach her," Mendenhall wrote. "And that once I had, this particular journey would be over for good. I would finally be at peace. Soon after to embark on a new voyage, hardened from the experience, and no longer alone, but with light by my side
"The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow. And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead."
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a horrendous knee injury in 2012 while playing of the University of South Carolina -- torn right ACL, MCL and PCL along with a kneecap dislocation. As a rookie in 2013, he was in no shape to play. But 2014 should be a different story.
Lattimore told the Associated Press that his knee feels close to 100 percent and he is eagerly awaiting April 21, the date the 49ers open offseason workouts and Lattimore says he'll be allowed to run at full bore.
"The left knee, it feels like nothing ever happened," Lattimore said. "The right knee, it feels great. Both feel balanced. I've got my speed and I rarely get any soreness ...."
Lattimore tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011.