Personnel update

The 49ers are looking to build more depth on the offensive line via free agency, coach Mike Nolan said. The offensive line is where the 49ers have already made their biggest splash in free agency, with the signing of left tackle Jonas Jennings. The move enables the 49ers to move Kwame Harris to his more natural spot at right tackle.

The 49ers have two restricted free agents they would like to re-sign. Left guard Eric Heitmann and tackle-guard Kyle Kosier, both of whom started 16 games last season, were given low-level tenders. At least one of those players is expected to sign an offer sheet in the next several weeks, which will force the 49ers' hand at that position.

FRANCHISE PLAYER

-- LB Julian Peterson (tendered at $7.288M)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--- TE Steve Bush helped the team's running game over the last five weeks of the season because he is a much better blocker than starter Eric Johnson or backup Aaron Walker.

--- WR Curtis Conway, a 12-year veteran, would like to play another season but it probably won't be with the 49ers, who need to develop some younger players.

--- OT Jerome Davis (not tendered as ERFA).

--- QB Brandon Doman (not tendered as ERFA).

--- C Brock Gutierrez started 15 games after Jeremy Newberry was injured. The 49ers need to find more stout depth at this position in case Newberry's injury problems continue.

--- FB Jasen Isom (not tendered as ERFA) is rehabilitating from surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. Will likely be brought to training camp to see if he can earn a job.

--- DT Daleroy Stewart (not tendered as RFA) is another player whose fate hangs in the balance with the club changing defenses. He probably is worth taking a look at in training camp.

--- CB Jimmy Williams started six games last season, but isn't likely to return to the 49ers after the new regime watches him on film.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--- OG Eric Heitmann (tendered at $656,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation) played fairly well for the 49ers last season. The former regime was prepared to tender him at first-rounder's money and with the low tender it's unclear how the new decision-makers will evaluate his play.

--- OT Kyle Kosier (tendered at $656,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation) is a versatile player the club would like to keep around. Kosier started all 16 games last season and can play every spot on the offensive line, except center, which makes him a valuable commodity.

--- LB Brandon Moore (tendered at $656,000 with no compensation) saw limited action on defense, but proved his worth with a team-leading 22 special-teams tackles.

--- LB Saleem Rasheed (tendered at $656,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation) has been a major disappointment while with the 49ers after entering the league as third-round draft pick. The fact the club is going to a 3-4 might save him.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--- DL Tony Brown (tendered at $380,000) played pretty well after landing with the club in the week before the season opened. He started four games and had 27 tackles.

--- S Dwaine Carpenter (tendered at $380,000) is a physically gifted player who should have been able to win the starting job at FS away from Ronnie Heard last season but did not.

--- CB Rayshun Reed (tendered at $305,000).

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--- DT Chris Cooper: UFA; terms unknown.

--- RB Terry Jackson: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--- LB Ray Wells: ERFA; $380,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--- OT Jonas Jennings: UFA Bills; $36M/7 yrs, $12M SB; 2005 cap: $1.9M.

--- PK Joe Nedney: FA Titans; $665,000/1 yr; 2005 cap: $455,000.

PLAYERS LOST

--- FS Ronnie Heard: UFA Falcons; terms unknown.

--- PK Todd Peterson: UFA Falcons; $790,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.

--- DE Brandon Whiting (released/failed physical).

--- WR Cedrick Wilson: UFA Steelers; $8M/4 yrs, $2M SB.


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