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Golden Nuggets: Is this goodbye to Ian Williams?

San Francisco 49ers links for October 28, 2016

If you haven’t already heard, the 49ers released Ian Williams yesterday with an injury settlement. It may be the end of the 49ers relationship with Ian Williams. Maybe the 49ers are tired of carrying him and don’t think he will ever recover fully or maybe Ian has given up and called it quits. I am not sure.

I think there may be another explanation. Maybe the 49ers want to bring him back this year. If the 49ers and Ian Williams agreed to a three week settlement they would have to wait an additional three weeks before the NFL would allow Ian to sign with the team again. That means he would be able to sign again on December 8, giving him four weeks to practice with the team. That is four weeks that would be very valuable in evaluating whether Ian will be able to continue to play for the 49ers in the future.

Maybe the 49ers received some good news yesterday from Ian and his doctors that they are choosing not to share for obvious reasons? We will have to wait to find out.

I think we need to bring in another nose tackle this offseason regardless but this may be the difference between whether we decide to go with a free agent in order to give us more experience on the defensive line or use a pick in the 2017 draft.

Now for the links:

Whether it's Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick, 49ers' offense remains the same Nick Wagoner

Poll finds fans think anthem protests hurting NFL ratings Darren Rovell

49ers release NT Ian Williams with injury settlement Matt Barrows

49ers 2016 rookie report card: Highs and lows Chris Biderman

49ers release Ian Williams Matt Maiocco

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense Matt Maiocco

Aldon Smith applies for NFL reinstatement after year-long ban Chris Biderman

Winners (seriously) and losers from 49ers' 1-6 start Chris Biderman

49ers 2017 NFL draft 101: Introduction to quarterback class Chris Biderman

Chip Kelly: Slower offense fits 49ers' personnel Conor Orr

Ain't that a shame: 49ers threatening to join bad company Eric Branch

For Torrey Smith, bye week is chance to reconnect with Baltimore youth Dave Sheinin