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Patrick Willis

31-Year-Old Linebacker – Free Agent

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There was no outlook written for Patrick Willis in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.

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HT: 6' 1"   WT: 240   DOB: 1/25/1985  College: Mississippi  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


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Agreed to a five-year extension with the 49ers in May of 2010.

March 10, 2015  –  Patrick Willis News

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Willis (toe) will announce his retirement Tuesday, the 49ers' official website reports.

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Patrick Willis NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2008 23 16 - 141 - 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - - -
2009 24 16 - 152 - 4 - 3 1 - 0 - - - -
2010 25 SF 15 128 101 27 6 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2011 26 SF 13 97 74 23 2 12 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
2012 27 SF 16 120 88 32 0.5 9 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013 28 SF 14 104 82 22 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2014 29 SF 6 34 29 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

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Year Def ST
2013 791 48
2014 306 21
Patrick Willis 2015 Game Log
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Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD

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Patrick Willis: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Willis (toe) is reportedly strongly considering retirement, reports.

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Per the report, the 49ers, who are are also poised to lose running back Frank Gore to the Eagles, are now also bracing for the possible retirement of both Willis and defensive lineman Justin Smith. The 30-year-old Willis is coming off a 2014 season in which a toe injury that required surgery limited him to just six games and 34 tackles.
Willis (toe) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

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Willis will likely need season-ending surgery on his injured toe, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.

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The 49ers figure to confirm the report soon, but it appears Willis will miss the rest of the season with the toe injury he suffered in Week 6. The 49ers will miss Willis' presence on the field, but with Chris Borland tallying 35 tackles the last two weeks and NaVorro Bowman (knee) returning soon, they do have replacements available.
Willis (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints.

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Willis (toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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Willis (toe) is trending toward doubtful availability for Sunday's game at New Orleans, after another missed practice Thursday, CSN Bay Area reports. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said as much prior to drills, when he relayed, "It's questionable. As the week rolls on, if he doesn't start practicing at some point then it starts moving to doubtful."

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Willis' ledger includes back-to-back absences from practice, leading to the belief that a third consecutive DNP is imminent. If he fails to suit up, Chris Borland is ready and willing to cover inside linebacker in Willis' place.
Willis (toe) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the 49ers' official site reports.

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Willis (toe) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Rams.

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Willis was limited in practice all week, but one DNP and the 49ers' bye week weren't enough to result in active status in Week 9. His absence allows rookie Chris Borland to earn another start at inside linebacker.

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Willis' IDP stock has taken a sizable tumble in recent years, as the former top IDP linebacker posted fewer than 105 tackles in two of the last three years. There are two reasons for the drop in Willis' value: one is injury troubles, including a groin injury and a broken hand last year; the second is the emergence of NaVorro Bowman, who piled up three straight years with at least 136 tackles. Bowman will likely miss around half of the 2014 season due to a torn ACL and MCL he suffered in January, so it's possible that Willis will have more tackle opportunities this year since he won't need to beat Bowman to ballcarriers. Willis offers solid pass-rushing stats and contributes in coverage, posting 11.5 sacks and three interceptions over the last four years, although he's only played 16 games once over that span.


Although Navorro Bowman has seemingly displaced Willis as the 49ers' top IDP, it's certainly not by much. In addition to 120 tackles (88 solo) from 2012, Willis produced two interceptions, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and a half-sack. He had two fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, two sacks and an interception despite missing three games in 2011. Bowman, meanwhile, has only one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, four sacks and one interception over the last two years. Willis has had a bit of injury trouble over that span, though, with shoulder, wrist and ankle difficulties flaring up last year and knee, hamstring and rib ailments slowing him down in 2011. Willis is 100 percent healthy at press time, however.


Once the unchallenged king of all IDPs, Willis has seen an array of players out-produce him the last two years, including teammate Navorro Bowman. It’s time for the pendulum to swing back, though. Willis is still the NFL’s best inside/middle linebacker by a safe margin, and he should get less attention from blockers in 2012 now that Bowman, Justin Smith and Aldon Smith have established themselves as terrors in the 49ers front seven. With fewer double-teams in his way Willis will find more tackle opportunities as well as better blitzing lanes. It’s worth noting, of course, that even these last two “down years” that saw Willis miss four games (three last year) resulted in numbers that project to 129 tackles (100 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games. With offensive coordinators fretting over the Smiths’ pursuit of quarterbacks and Bowman’s 143-tackle debut as a starter, Willis should see less engagement from blockers and more freedom to pursue ballcarriers, making him a good bet to regain the production he showed during his first three years in the NFL, a span that saw him average 156 tackles (119 solo) per season. The law of averages and some nagging injuries made Willis’ numbers dip the last two years, but he still hasn’t been unseated as the top IDP.


After three straight years as the clear king of linebacker IDPs, Willis' numbers fell a bit in 2010, and Jerod Mayo took the crown. But even in this "down year," Willis still totaled 128 tackles (101 solo) and six sacks in 15 games. In 2011, expect Willis to reclaim his place as the top IDP. With a rare mixture of defensive back athleticism and elite instincts, Willis is perhaps the best inside linebacker in the league. Not only does he have the ceiling of a 174-tackle season, but with 467 stops (156 per season) in his first three years, his floor is clearly unmatched. He alone is the top tier among IDP linebackers.


Tackles are king in IDP scoring, which makes Willis — the NFL’s leading tackler — an easy choice as top linebacker, and top IDP option overall. A sideline-to-sideline playmaker, Willis has averaged more than 155 tackles in his three NFL seasons. Last season, he supplemented those gaudy numbers with four sacks and a career-high three picks. Minor offseason knee surgery shouldn’t hamper Willis this season; he’s expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp. The heart of Mike Singletary’s improving Niner defense was given a five-year contract extension in May.


Patrick Willis has tallied more than 300 tackles in two seasons, which makes choosing him top linebacker – and top IDP overall – easy. But wait, there’s more. He’s got plenty of room to improve – 2009 will be his third year in the league. And he couldn’t ask for a better tutor as he continues to learn the nuances of his position – Niners coach Mike Singletary does know a thing or two about playing middle linebacker. Willis totaled 141 tackles last season, and while that was 33 tackles off his rookie pace, it was still second in the league (D’Qwell Jackson, 154). It’s all the more impressive considering the ailments he fought off to play 16 games, including ankle, hip and rib injuries. Willis, who’s big, fast and has great range, also had a sack and an interception last year. Don’t be surprised to see him get more involved in the pass rush this season – if so, treat it as a bonus.


Willis had a tremendous rookie season in 2007, totaling 174 tackles and four sacks. What's more, he played half the season with a broken hand. Willis' sack production is a bonus at a position where sacks are typically in short supply. Our main criticism (if you can call it that) is that he's not much of an interception threat, but you can't argue with this guy's nose for the ball. With tackles a prime category in most IDP leagues, you really can't do better than Willis. He's big, fast and has great instincts.


Willis, who the 49ers selected 11th overall in this year's draft, is expected to compete with Derek Smith to start at left inside linebacker in the team's new 3-4 defensive scheme. Willis is a sure open-field tackler and possesses excellent football instincts and is penciled in right now as the starting "nickle linebacker." He should thrive working under linebacker coach Mike Singletary and could also see time at the "ted" linebacking spot, which which lines up on the tight end side and has to sift through more traffic, including guards and the fullback, limiting their tackles, behind Brandon Moore. If Willis does start, look for him to contend for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.