Douglas coming in for long look at defensive end

Marques Douglas is flying into San Francisco on Tuesday, and he could be a 49er as soon as tomorrow. Douglas will meet with coach Mike Nolan and have a workout at 49ers headquarters on Wednesday, and the team could be close to signing the quality free agent who would fit in nicely at end in the Niners' switch to a 3-4 defense this year.

Douglas started all but one game the past two seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, where Nolan was his defensive coordinator.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has ideal size to play end in Nolan's defensive scheme and is stout against the run and also a solid pass rusher. He had a total of 10 sacks the past two years in Baltimore, even though the scheme does not lend to big sack numbers from his position.

Douglas, whose name has been linked to the 49ers since the free-agency period began because of his association with Nolan and the team's needs along the defensive line, already has visited with Denver and Cleveland so far in his free-agency pursuits.

"We're talking about the contract" with Douglas, Nolan said Tuesday. "Obviously, I want to get to visit first and see how that goes. If that goes well on our part as well as Marques' part, then things might be worked out between the two."

It certainly appears Nolan would like that to be the case.

"He would be valuable to us first and foremost as a football player who would upgrade our football team because Marques is a very good football player with a very good work ethic," Nolan said. "He does know the language to what we do, so he would fit in from that standpoint right away. But we will continue along the philosophy of doing what our players do best. He just happens to fit what that is at this time."

Besides signing a smattering of their own second-tier free agents, the 49ers have been quiet in free agency since signing offensive tackle Jonas Jennings to a $36 million deal in early March, then acquiring kicker Joe Nedney on a one-year deal a week later.

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