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Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

National Football League(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has a new home as the Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers.

Martin was released by the 49ers this past Thursday. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 15 games, starting nine at right tackle. 

"Our goal is to build the strongest roster possible and add competition at every position," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team release. "Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots.''

Martin was infamously the center of a bullying scandal when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013 by now Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito.

Because of the incident involving Incognito and other Dolphins players, Martin left the Dolphins in October 2013.

As a result of claiming him off waivers, the Panthers are now on the hook for Martin's cap hit which will count around $1 million against the 2015 salary cap.

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Report: Bears Sign DE Ray McDonald

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent defensive end Ray McDonald, according to ESPN. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The San Francisco 49ers released McDonald in December after law enforcement officials in San Jose, California, said he was being investigated on suspicion of sexual assault. McDonald hasn’t been charged in the case.

Last August, McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence.  The district attorney office in Santa Clara County announced in November that he would not be charged in that case.

The 30-year-old McDonald has 210 tackles, 19 1-2 sacks and one interception in 115 regular-season games.

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Report: S.D. Chargers Sign WR Stevie Johnson

Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The Chargers and free agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson agreed to a three-year contract on Tuesday, according to the U-T San Diego. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old Johnson was released by the 49ers last week after spending just one season in San Francisco. He had 35 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

Johnson was originally selected by the Bills out of Kentucky in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft. In six seasons (2008-2013) with Buffalo, he had 301 catches for 3,832 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.  Johnson had three consecutive seasons (2010-2012) where he had more than 1,000 receiving yards.

The 49ers acquired Johnson from the Bills last May for a conditional fourth-round pick in this year’s NFL draft.

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49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- Within two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have lost two inside linebackers to retirement. 

Second year linebacker Chris Borland has decided to hang up his cleats due to fears of long term effects from head trauma. Borland delivered the news on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland explained. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

Borland, 24, was a third-round draft pick of the 49ers last season and was expected to start for the team this season after Patrick Willis retired last week.

During training camp last year, Borland believes he suffered a concussion but played through it because he wanted to make the team.

Borland was a first-team All American at the University of Wisconsin.  He plans to re-enroll in school and pursue a career in sports management.

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Reggie Bush Bound for 49ers

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, San Diego native, and former USC star Reggie Bush is set to return to California.  Bush has agreed to sign with the San Francisco 49ers.

Bush played in 11 games last season, with only 76 carries for 297 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 40 receptions for 253 yards. Bush kept trying to come back throughout the season but kept getting reinjured.

Bush was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft. Bush was a productive player when healthy and won the 2010 Super Bowl with the Saints, however, he never fully lived up to expectations in New Orleans after a successful college career with the Trojans. He won the 2005 Heisman Trophy, but later returned it after USC was sanctioned for NCAA violations during his time in college.

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Gore Signs with Colts

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Frank Gore, who was thought to be joining the Philadelphia Eagles, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Tuesday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Gore signed a three-year deal that comes with $8.5 million in guaranteed money.

The 31-year-old Gore played all ten of his previous NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. During that time, he's been elected to five Pro Bowls and rushed for over 1,000 yards eight times, four of those being the last four seasons.

Gore's former teammate at the University of Miami, receiver Andre Johnson, is also being courted by the Colts, according to Shefter.

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Report: 49ers' Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers have already lost head coach Jim Harbaugh and running back Frank Gore this offseason. According to various reports, the team will also lose defensive anchors Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to retirement.

Originally reported by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN is now reporting that the 30-year-old Willis will announce his retirement Tuesday.

One of the most dominant linebackers over the past generation, Willis was hampered by a toe injury last season that limited him to just six games.

Willis made seven Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons, and has 950 career tackles, 16 forced fumbles, and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of is reporting that 14-year veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith is set to retire as well.

Smith spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers and was consistently one of the best at his position during his career. A five-time Pro-Bowler, Smith averaged over six sacks per season during his time in San Francisco.

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Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em. According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith spent the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was also a teammate of current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Those two helped beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE. This isn't a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I'm on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later."

In 2014, Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Darnell Dockett Signs with 49ers

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent defensive end Darnell Dockett wasn't out of work long.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Dockett to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, with $4 million being paid in the first season and $2 million guaranteed, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal cannot become official under the new league year on Tuesday.

Dockett's signing comes after the Cardinals cut him after spending 11 seasons with them to create more cap space.

The three-time Pro Bowler missed all of last season after he tore his ACL during training camp last August.

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49ers Sign Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thinking outside the box, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Australian National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne to a futures/reserves contract.

Other than rugby, Hayne has no football experience.

Hayne, who was the NRL's Player of the Year in 2014, turned down deals with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions to sign with the 49ers.

The 49ers guaranteed Hayne $100,000 whether he ever makes the field or not.

He has been training since October in the United States with former NFL receiver Tim Dwight.

"He's going to have to come in and play special teams. He's going to have to learn how to rush the punt and then get back and block for a return," Dwight told last week. "He's going to have to learn how to cover a punt, but that should be pretty instinctive to him. We were trying to look at what positions he would play on the field, either offensively or defensively. Rugby, especially being a forward, you're pretty much an offensive-minded guy."

At his Pro Day, Hayne measured in at 6-foot-2, 226 pounds.

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