NFL Almanac – 1/21-22

Items of note

San Francisco – speaking at the NFL Combine on Friday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said it was “unlikely” that San Francisco will release now backup QB Alex Smith. “That will be a process that plays out,” said Harbaugh. “I mean Alex Smith continuing to be a 49er, or if a trade occurs in the next weeks or months, those are the two most likely possibilities.”

Washington – the man who operated on Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said Friday his patient’s recovery is way ahead of schedule. “We don’t have to do much but try to hold him back, if you want to know the truth,” said Dr. James Andrews.

Transactions

  • Baltimore – center Matt Birk announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the league; the 36-year old Birk was a 6th-round choice in 1998 by Minnesota out of Harvard. He played in 210 games, with 187 starts and 6 trips to the Pro Bowl.
  • Tennessee – signed SS George Wilson to 2-year contract for $4 million; Wilson played for Buffalo from 2005 to last season, when he started all 16 games for the Bills. He had 98 total tackles.

College & front office moves

  • Chicago – hired Mike Groh as wide receivers coach; Groh held the same job at the University of Alabama during the 2012 season.
  • Detroit – hired Terry Heffernan as assistant offensive line coach; he spent the last 6 years coaching the O-Line at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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