Chris Borland Returns Three Quarters Of His Signing Bonus

Last week,San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland surprised everyone by retiring from the NFL at the age of 24 due to long-term health concerns. Today, he told CBS’s Face the Nation that he’ll be returning three-quarters of his signing bonus (roughly $463,077) to the Niners voluntarily, after fulfilling only one season of his four-year rookie contract. While you may think that that’s already a sign of head trauma, the franchise had the rights to reclaim a pro-rated chunk of Borland’s bonus anyway. Still, Pro Football Talk points out a route many of his contemporaries may have gone.

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Cowboys Plan To Franchise Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed to FOX Sports Southwest that the team indeed expects to apply the franchise tag to wide receiver Dez Bryant by Monday’s deadline.

“I still think that it’s probably, you know, would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline,” Jones said. “Looks like we’re eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won’t stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal.”

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Two Irish Men Snag $25,000 Superbowl Seats

While hundreds wallowed over their Super Bowl ticket deals falling through on Sunday, two Seattle Seahawks fans from Ireland managed to sneak into University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and snag $25,000 seats for free.

“Our game plan was to be super confident,” Richard Whelan, who attended with friend Paul McEvoy, told RTE Radio One Morning Ireland (via theIndependent). “We just thought if we pretend we belong there, nobody will question us.”

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