Category Archives: Free agency

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.

49ers schedule visit with veteran inside linebacker

The 49ers have set up a Monday free-agent visit with linebacker Akin Ayodele, whom the Miami Dolphins released last week. The Saints and Cardinals have also expressed interest in Ayodele, 30, an eight-year veteran.  

Closer look at ‘restricted’ market

Some of the best free agents on the market are considered untouchable because of the level of compensation that a new team would have to provide. Draft picks are valuable currency in the non-salary cap NFL, as teams that draft well have a better chance of creating a winning nucleus while adhering to their budgets.

Regardless what’s said, there will be 49ers QB competition

When I asked 49ers coach Mike Singletary (several times) at the NFL Scouting Combine whether Alex Smith would be the team’s starting quarterback in 2010, he finally said yes.   “The thing for me is I’m always going to use words like ‘probably’ and all those other things because I like competition,” Singletary said. “I […]

Free-agent Becht visits 49ers

Free-agent tight end Anthony Becht, a 10-year veteran a blocking specialist who caught seven passes for the Cardinals last season, is visiting the 49ers this afternoon, a league source said.

RFAs are bad strategy for 49ers

There have been some names thrown out there of players – such as Jared Gaither and Leon Washington – that the 49ers might be pursuing in free agency. But if the player is a restricted free agent, it just doesn’t make sense for the 49ers to go strong after a player.

Hill in limbo with 49ers

It’s “business as usual” for 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill, who plans to return to the Bay Area on Sunday to take part in the opening of the team’s offseason conditioning program, said Bob Lattinville, his agent.

Battle agrees to deal with Steelers

Free-agent wide receiver Arnaz Battle has agreed to a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a league source said.

Carr signed to take over as 49ers’ No. 2

No player on the 49ers’ roster was more responsible for the team’s second-half 2008 surge that resulted in the “interim” title removed from Mike Singletary’s job description.   Shaun Hill helped steady the 49ers after Singletary would not tolerate J.T. O’Sullivan’s stream of turnovers. Hill rode that momentum to the starting job at the beginning […]

49ers are not Carr’s only option

Free-agent quarterback David Carr had dinner last night with 49ers coach Mike Singletary and is spending time again this morning with coaches and club officials in Santa Clara, a league source. The 49ers have the first opportunity to sign Carr, but three other teams remain interested in his services, according to the source.