Ayodele would provide depth

Free-agent linebacker Akin Ayodele, whom the Dolphins recently released, is visiting with 49ers coaches and officials today in Santa Clara.

Ayodele has been a starter at inside linebacker since 2003. He played four seasons with the Jaguars, two with the Cowboys and the past two years with the Dolphins.


The 49ers have been clear with Ayodele that they envision him as a backup to Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis. Currently, the 49ers have veteran Matt Wilhelm and Scott McKillop, a fifth-round draft pick last year, as the backup inside linebackers.


The Saints and Cardinals have also expressed interest in Ayodele, who is not expected to make a decision today.


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