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Erik Pears | Guard | #71

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/25/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 316
College: Colorado State
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49ers released RT Erik Pears.
They also cut tight end Rory "Busta" Anderson. Pears started all 16 games for the Niners last season but couldn't hold off Trent Brown in camp. The 34-year-old should land a backup gig in relatively short order despite his struggles last year. Sun, Aug 28, 2016 02:44:00 PM

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49ers RT Erik Pears isn't a lock to keep his starting job.

Pears repped with the first team at OTAs, but his role is far from secure despite starting all 16 games last year. Trent Brown will push Pears in training camp.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 08:40:00 PM

Erik Pears is working with the 49ers' first-team offense at right tackle.

Fan favorite Trent Brown, who stands 6-foot-9, 355, is working with the twos. Pears has been bouncing around the NFL since 2006. Last year, he started all 16 games for San Francisco and struggled across the board. The 49ers' weak offensive line is one of the main concerns for the team's 2016 fantasy outlook.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 02:21:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee projects Erik Pears as the 49ers' starting right guard this season.

Pears, 33, was PFF's No. 76 guard among 78 qualifiers last year with the Bills. From left to right, beat writer Matt Barrows projects the 49ers' O-Line to shake out as LT Joe Staley, LG Brandon Thomas, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Pears, and RT Alex Boone. Pears isn't good, 2014 "redshirt" pick Thomas has never played an NFL snap, Kilgore is coming off a broken leg, and Boone would be converting from guard to tackle. This is the fallout of losing LG Mike Iupati (free agency) and RT Anthony Davis (retirement). It's a concern for Carlos Hyde's fantasy outlook.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 12:55:00 PM

Erik Pears is a candidate for the 49ers' open right tackle job.

Anthony Davis' "retirement" opened up a big hole on the right side of the 49ers' line. Of the several in-house options to replace Davis, The San Jose Mercury News' Cam Inman believes Pears could be the "front-runner" based on his 58 career starts at right tackle. Pears is experienced, but he has struggled to be anything more than a mediocre blocker throughout his career. Current RG Alex Boone and second-year LG Brandon Thomas are also in the mix.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 09:03:00 AM

49ers signed OL Erik Pears to a two-year, $4.7 million contract.

Pears was PFF's third-worst rated guard last season, but has been a right tackle for the majority of his career. He'll give the 49ers offensive line depth after losing Mike Iupati. Brandon Thomas remains the in-house favorite to start at left guard.
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 02:30:00 PM

Free agent OG Erik Pears is drawing interest from the Broncos and Jets.

The Broncos have explored several possibilities at guard since losing Orlando Franklin to the Chargers. Our advice would be to keep looking. Pears was third from the bottom in Pro Football Focus' 2014 guard ratings.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Free agent OG Erik Pears will visit the 49ers.

Pears, 33 in June, has started 55 games for the Bills the past four seasons, but was thoroughly abused in pass pro and as a run blocker last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' 76th-ranked guard out of 78 qualifiers.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Erik Pears has won the Bills' starting right guard job.

Pears started 39 games over the past three seasons at right tackle. He was mentioned as a player on the roster bubble heading into training camp. Pears has unseated veteran Kraig Urbik at right guard. Rookie Seantrel Henderson will handle right tackle. The Bills' line from left to right projects as LT Cordy Glenn, LG Chris Williams, C Eric Wood, RG Pears, and RT Henderson.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 07:28:00 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo believes Bills OT Erik Pears could be the odd man out on the 53-man roster if rookie Cyrus Kouandjio has a strong preseason and camp.

Pears has started 39 games over the past three seasons, but was a well-below average right tackle in 2013. Kouandjio is the favorite for starting duties, though a shaky August could leave the door open for Pears to remain on the roster as an insurance policy.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Erik Pears is expected to open the season as the Bills' starting right tackle.

Chris Hairston would be the pick if not for a foot/ankle injury that has sidelined him all of training camp. His return date is unknown. A journeyman, 31-year-old Pears graded out 62nd among 80 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 2012 tackle ratings. Buffalo's shaky O-Line is more of a concern for its passing than ground game because C.J. Spiller can create his own running room.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Bills RT Erik Pears resumed practicing at OTAs Tuesday.

After battling groin problems dating back to last season, Pears has been doing individual position drills for a few weeks. Finally healthy, he rotated in with the first-team at right tackle. Although Pears was considered a release candidate before OTAs, his presence is needed since the Bills have been hit with a rash of injuries at tackle. Chris Hairston remains the favorite to start.
Tue, May 28, 2013 10:16:00 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo calls Bills RT Erik Pears a cap casualty candidate this summer.

Pears, 31 next month, has two years left on a four-year, $9.8 million contract, and he is set to count $2.8 million against the cap in 2013. He's an above-average pass protector, but Pears, at 6-foot-8 and 314 pounds, doesn't move many bodies in the run game. Chris Hairston is likely to take over at right tackle.
Fri, May 3, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Bills placed RT Erik Pears (hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Pears was sent to see a specialist last week after developing complications in his surgically-repaired hip. Coach Chan Gailey confirmed that he will undergo another surgery on the hip. Pears started the first seven games, but struggled in particular as a run-blocker while playing at less than 100 percent. Chris Hairston will step in as the starter opposite Cordy Glenn.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 05:08:00 PM

Bills RT Erik Pears (hip) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Pears won't even make the trip to Houston with his teammates. Buffalo has been one of the most banged up offensive lines in the league this season. LT Cordy Glenn (ankle, questionable) is expected to return this week though, so Chris Hairston will slide over to right tackle.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 01:16:00 PM

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