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Will James | Defensive Back

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/15/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
College: Western Illinois
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 3 (78) / NYG

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Ex-NFL cornerback Will James has been sentenced to seven months in prison for failing to file a federal income tax return for 2005.
James, formerly known as William Peterson, played ten seasons in the NFL, most recently in 2010 with the 49ers. He was a third-round pick of the Giants in 2001, and also spent time with the Eagles, Jaguars, and Lions. James made $5.5 million in 2005, the year in which he didn't file taxes. Thu, Jan 31, 2013 05:06:00 PM

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49ers CB Will James is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms, reports CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

James will meet with a doctor shortly, and is expected to sit out the Week 12 Monday Night matchup against Arizona. Phillip Adams and Tarell Brown will share nickel back duties with James sidelined.
Sat, Nov 27, 2010 05:42:00 PM

49ers CB Will James left Sunday's game in the first quarter after suffering a head injury.

The Niners' nickel back is considered doubtful to return.
Sun, Nov 14, 2010 04:27:00 PM

Will James has replaced Tarell Brown as the 49ers' third cornerback.

James would have had the role earlier in the season, but he missed the first four games of the season with a sprained ankle. The 49ers remain a plus matchup for opposing fantasy receivers.
Fri, Oct 15, 2010 12:33:00 PM

49ers CB Will James (high ankle sprain) is expected to miss "at least" the first two regular season games.

James suffered the injury in mid-August, but it sounds like it was severe. Opposing offenses would be smart to spread out San Francisco's secondary early on, because their No. 4 corner is seventh-round rookie Phillip Adams.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 10:36:00 AM

49ers CB Will James is out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain.

It's a blow to the secondary, as he was running with the first-team defense in nickel situations. Tarell Brown and Karl Paymah will have to step it up.
Mon, Aug 16, 2010 11:31:00 PM

49ers CB Will James' agent revealed that the hairline fracture his client suffered was in his pubic bone.

No wonder coach Mike Singletary declined to give details about this injury. James is expected to be cleared to return to the field when the Niners return to practice on June 7.
Wed, May 26, 2010 10:28:00 AM

Updating a previous item, 49ers CB Will James sat out OTAs because of a hairline fracture.

It was originally reported that James was a bystander simply because he didn't know the playbook yet. Coach Mike Singletary declined to say where the fracture is located. James needs to get healthy to compete with Karl Paymah for one of the final secondary spots.
Fri, May 21, 2010 09:17:00 AM

49ers CB Will James is not practicing with the team because he doesn't know the defensive playbook yet.

James' mediocre talent is a bigger concern than his ability to learn the plays. He'll be competing with Karl Paymah, who ran with the first-team at minicamp while starters Shawntae Spencer and Nate Clements skipped out.
Thu, May 20, 2010 09:34:00 AM

49ers agreed to terms with CB Will James on a one-year contract.

Coming off a poor season in Detroit, James will likely compete with journeymen Karl Paymah and Keith Smith for one spot. If James sees significant playing time in 2010, the Niners' pass defense is in trouble.
Wed, May 5, 2010 08:25:00 PM

Cardinals DBs coach Donnie Henderson has "had some conversations" recently with free agent CB Will James.

The Cards are thin at corner, and used Trumaine McBride at nickel back behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Michael Adams at their first minicamp. James, who will visit the 49ers on Monday, played for Henderson in Jacksonville two years ago when Henderson coached the Jaguars' DBs.
Sun, May 2, 2010 03:40:00 PM

The 49ers will host free agent CB Will James on Monday.

James, 31, would compete for a roster spot in San Francisco. Somewhat surprisingly, the Niners didn't come out of the draft with cornerback help.
Fri, Apr 30, 2010 06:08:00 PM

The Bears were reportedly close to signing free agent CB Will James over the weekend.

It's unclear if the team's selection of rookie CB Joshua Moore will impact the possible move. James, a 31-year-old journeyman, saw way too much action in Detroit last season. He was a liability against both the run and pass.
Sun, Apr 25, 2010 10:45:00 PM

The Seahawks met with free agent CB Will James on Thursday.

James, a size corner at 6'0/200, could help the Seahawks if they're planning to install a zone scheme in the back end. James was beat regularly as a press corner last year and is going on 31, so he won't be counted on to start.
Fri, Mar 12, 2010 02:03:00 PM

Free agent CB Will James has scheduled a visit with the Seahawks.

James started 14 games for the Lions last year in one of the worst secondaries the NFL has ever seen. If the Seahawks are expecting him to play meaningful snaps, they're in trouble.
Sat, Mar 6, 2010 12:39:00 PM

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