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Tuesday Round-Up: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland to retire from NFL

Posted Mar 17, 2015

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Good morning, 12s, and happy St. Patrick's Day.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, March 17 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Borland Retires

The biggest news from yesterday came from one of the Seahawks' NFC West rivals.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland revealed to ESPN's Outside the Lines that he is retiring from the NFL due to concerns over the long-term effects of head trauma.

Borland, 24, was one of the League's top rookies last season. His one tackle for every 4.5 snaps played was the best mark in the NFL and his 128 takedowns led the Niners while playing in place of injured starter Patrick Willis, who also announced his retirement from the NFL this offseason. San Francisco confirmed Borland's decision and wished him the best moving forward.

“While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “From speaking with Chris, it was evident that he had put a great deal of thought into this decision. He was a consummate professional from day one and a very well respected member of our team and community. Chris is a determined young man that overcame long odds in his journey to the NFL and we are confident he will use the same approach to become very successful in his future endeavors. We will always consider him a 49er and wish him all the best.”

Borland, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin who played one collegiate season with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, said he has had two concussions in his life - one while playing soccer in eighth grade and another while playing football during his sophomore year of high school.

"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been," Borland told ESPN. "For me, it's wanting to be proactive. I'm concerned that if you wait 'til you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long, healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."

Borland joins quarterback Jake Locker and linebacker Jason Worilds as players under the age of 30 to walk away from the game - for various reasons - this offseason.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Wilson, who reacts to his former teammate's decision to leave the game of football.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth wonders which current Seahawks could be named to the club's 40th anniversary team.

Former Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson signed with the Washington Redskins in free agency.

Defensive end Cliff Avril is one of 20 current and former players that will attend the NFL's inaugural Finance Camp this week at the University of Miami.

The Seahawks' 2010 wild-card win over the New Orleans Saints is part of the NFL's "bracketology" feature asking fans to vote for the greatest game of all-time. You can cast your ballot right here.

The social media platform Hootsuite shares how the Seahawks digital team tackled Super Bowl XLIX.

Doug Farrar at SI.com breaks down how you can expect the Seahawks to utilize newly-signed tight end Jimmy Graham.

Terry Blount at ESPN.com reviews the Seahawks' free agency moves to date.

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com gives the Seahawks a 'B' grade for their moves in free agency so far.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are playing the waiting game as the "second wave" of free agency opens.

And Jim Moore at 710Sports.com recaps a conversation with free-agent addition cornerback Cary Williams.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto

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