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After spending the first two seasons of his NFL career at left tackle, Kwame Harris has no reservations about making the switch to the right side.

"It's going to help us win," Harris said, "and turn that 2-14 season around."

After the 49ers signed free-agent left tackle Jonas Jennings in early March, coach Mike Nolan told Harris he would be moving back to right tackle, where he played in high school and college. Harris takes over for Scott Gragg, who was released June 2 in a move that saves the 49ers $3 million in salary-cap space.

Harris said he was initially taken aback when the move from left tackle was explained to him. After all, he had hopes of developing into a reliable starter at the most important position on the offensive line.

"In terms of being a marquee position, it's usually the left tackle," said Harris, the 49ers' first-round pick in the 2003 draft. "But who's to say we can't turn that into the right tackle?"

Harris underwent right shoulder surgery in early February and returned to the practice field for the final week of organized team activities to get re-acclimated to playing right tackle.

"That was really, really important to get out there before training camp and take some light reps and move within the offense," Harris said.

Some believe Harris was a reach as a left tackle because he seems to lack a feel for the pocket. His strength in his first two seasons was his run blocking, a skill that can be utilized more effectively on the right side.

THE 49ERS MADE AN immediate strike in free agency in March, signing Jennings to a seven-year, $36 million contract. But since then the organization has focused its energy elsewhere.

Some of that, coach Mike Nolan said, was because the 49ers did not have anyone running the pro personnel department. That all changed with the hiring of Tom Gamble as director of pro personnel. Gamble will be in charge of all aspects of the pro personnel department. One of his jobs is to evaluate every roster in the league.

The 49ers continue to be in the market for veteran help at defensive back and along the offensive line.

Within days of Gamble's hiring, the 49ers brought in receiver Javin Hunter (Ravens), and defensive backs DeWayne Washington (Jaguars), Tony Dixon (Cowboys) and Roosevelt Williams (Browns) for visits.

The team then bolstered its inexperienced receiver corps on Tuesday by signing veteran free agent Johnnie Morton.

"Tom will be instrumental in putting together our team from a pro personnel standpoint," Nolan said. "He comes from a football family and has a great deal of both pro personnel and college experience."

Gamble spent seven seasons as an area scout for the Colts under Bill Polian. He is the son of former Eagles president Harry Gamble.

Also, the 49ers named Trent Baalke and Roylin Bradley area scouts. Baalke joins the 49ers after serving the past four seasons with the Redskins as a national scout. Bradley worked 2004 under Scot McCloughan with the Seahawks. McCloughan is now the 49ers' vice president of player personnel.

TEAM OWNER JOHN YORK has angered many players in the team's locker room with comments he made two weeks ago on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," according to one veteran player.

When discussing the team's positive reaction to a video that contained nudity and what many believed were unflattering portrayals of gays and Asian-Americans, York said, "You have to remember that they are young. They have a lot of talent on the football field -- that doesn't mean they have a lot of talent beyond that."

In speaking with a group of Asian-American leaders in San Francisco's Chinatown, York said, "I'm not here to try to protect the players, but you have to remember they are young and they're still learning. It is our job to teach them the right message. We failed them and we failed you."

THE 49ERS ARE SCHEDULED to open training camp Friday, July 29, at their Santa Clara, Calif., practice facility. During camp, Nolan said the club would have two practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with Tuesdays and Thursdays consisting of a full-squad practice in the morning and special-teams practices in the afternoon.

THE 49ERS ARE ONE of five nominees for the Rozelle Award, which the Pro Football Writers of America gives to the league's most helpful public relations staff. The 49ers' PR department has come under scrutiny because of a media training video former PR director Kirk Reynolds showed to the team nearly a year ago.

NOLAN SAID HE AND Scot McCloughan have discussed the possibility of being active in the supplemental draft on July 14, but the team is not going to make any selections.

WITH THE EXPECTED MOVE of Mike Rumph to free safety, the 49ers will be in need of a third cornerback behind starters Ahmed Plummer and Shawntae Spencer. Nolan said the competition right now is between second-year player Rayshun Reed and rookies Derrick Johnson and Daven Holly. The 49ers are also intent on adding a veteran player to the mix before training camp.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "One of the things I've seen is that it was a 2-14 team, but it had good character. Two-and-14 had to be difficult, but I feel good about the guys" - 49ers coach Mike Nolan on the veterans he inherited.

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