Prelude to passing camp
CUTS COMING: Safety Zack Bronson made it through June 1 as a member of the 49ers, but that likely was his final day with the team. The Niners did not officially release Bronson on Tuesday as expected, but that announcement is likely to come Wednesday when the team reconvenes for a three-day passing camp at 49ers headquarters. --- JUNE CAMPS: The Niners will practice once each of the next three days for approximately two hours each session. The team has the weekend off and then will be back for the major event of the spring - a four-day, full-squad minicamp that begins Monday and is the last time the team is scheduled to be together until training camp begins July 30. --- SAVING MONEY: Bronson's release will save the Niners much of his scheduled 2004 salary of $1.75 million against the team's salary cap, money the team needs to sign its rookie class. But the Niners also are attempting to free up some money to add another free-agent veteran or two in the two months leading to training camp, meaning it's possible the team will drop a few other salaries this week, though nobody stands out as a likely candidate considering how many veterans the Niners already have released this offseason. The Niners, as of late Tuesday, are approximately $600,000 below the NFL's salary cap of $80.6 million. --- BUSY QUARTERBACKS: In the three weeks since their first spring minicamp ended May 9, the Niners did not hire another quarterback, meaning Ken Dorsey and Brandon Doman will be busy boys with overworked arms this week. With seventh-round draft pick Cody Pickett forced to miss this camp due to NFL rules because his senior class at the University of Washington still is in school, Doman and Dorsey are the only quarterbacks who are scheduled to be in uniform for the Niners in a camp that, obviously, focuses on the team's passing game. --- OTHER QUARTERBACKS OUT THERE: Veteran QBs Kurt Warner and Vinny Testaverde were officially released Tuesday by their respective teams, just in case the 49ers are interested. Other veteran quarterbacks will be joining the free-agent pool this week, just in case the 49ers are interested. So far, the 49ers don't appear interested. --- LESNAR ON THE RADAR? Reports are circulating that the Niners might be interested in Brock Lesnar, the World Wrestling Entertainment star who is considering leaving multi-millions in guaranteed money from his wrestling contract to take a shot at the NFL. Lesnar hasn't played football since 1995, but he's a 6-foot-4, 290-pound dynamo who apparently has a combination of speed and aggressiveness that could make him effective along the defensive line. Lesnar, 26, is a former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion who has been preparing for NFL tryouts in Phoenix. He was to conduct a pro day workout Wednesday for several NFL teams, a list that reportedly includes the 49ers. But when Lesnar aggravated a groin injury sustained in a motorcycle accident last month, he decided to postpone workouts until he is 100 percent recovered. According to sources, Lesnar will then work out for Kansas City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Green Bay, San Francisco, Miami, Baltimore, San Diego and Minnesota in about three weeks. --- DOWNEY RETURNS: Offensive lineman Khiawatha Downey, who made a solid impression during a three-day tryout at the team's May minicamp, will return as a member of the roster for this week's workouts. Downey, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has been signed to a contract by the team, according to ESPN.com.
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