Parrish has second visit with 49ers

The 49ers had unrestricted free-agent safety Tony Parrish in for a second visit at their Santa Clara headquarters on Tuesday, and the team continues to examine other alternatives at the position now that it appears almost imminent that Lance Schulters will leave the organization to sign elsewhere.

"We're continuing to gather more information and continuing to have dialogue with other safeties," Niners general manager Terry Donahue said Tuesday. "We're continuing to look as an organization toward the draft. We don't feel like we have to solve this (safety) problem today. We don't feel like we have to have this player lined up by the first minicamp. The way this thing is falling out, this could lead to a long, drawn-out process."

The Niners are displaying particular interest in Parrish, one of the NFL's top young veteran safeties who started every game for the Chicago Bears the past four seasons after being Chicago's second-round draft pick in 1998. Parrish was fifth on the team in tackles and second in both interceptions and fumble recoveries for the Bears last season.

Parrish previously visited the Niners' facility on March 14 along with free-agent safety Chad Cota and free-agent defensive lineman Sean Moran. This time, Parrish - who has taken a physical with the team - was brought in alone for a more intimate visit.

"We brought Tony Parrish back because I thought it was really important he spend time with (secondary coach) Brett Maxie," Donahue said. "Brett wasn't here when Tony was here the first time."


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