Chris Borland Returns Majority of $617,436 Signing Bonus To 49ers

With San Francisco 49ers ILB Chris Borland abruptly retiring after only one season with the team, he told CBS Face The Nation this morning that he has agreed to return 75 percent of his signing bonus.

A bonus he agreed to once he signed the mandated four-year rookie contract, Borland immediately was $617,436 richer. However, it looks like he will return the prorated amount as he left the team with three years left on his deal. Under the CBA, the 49ers had the right to recoup the prorated amount.

With the 49ers continuing to mold their roster, it will be interesting to see which direction they go in with their first-round pick as the team holds the 15th overall pick.


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