Borland joins Willis in retirement
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (TheSpread) – With Patrick Willis already electing to retire, the San Francisco 49ers took another blow on Tuesday as first-year linebacker Chris Borland has elected to retire as well.
Borland was a third-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and he had a great rookie season, actually filling for Willis during last season. Borland had 107 tackles with one sack and two interceptions in his rookie season. However, on Tuesday, Borland elected to step away from the game over concerns about the long-term impact of head trauma.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the 49ers are currently listed with 33/1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2016. Seattle is currently listed as the favorite with 6/1 odds while Green Bay and New England each have 7/1 odds.
San Francisco is coming off an 8-8 season. The 49ers elected to cut ties with coach Jim Harbaugh after the season, hiring defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to replace him. The 49ers have already lost three players to retirement, which could impact the defense. San Francisco allowed just 321.5 yards per game last season.