49ers taking another look at Brockermeyer

The 49ers want Blake Brockermeyer - provided he's healthy. That much is obvious. The Niners, who have had on-and-off negotiations with the free-agent offensive tackle for the past month, had Brockermeyer in for a second visit at their Santa Clara headquarters on Wednesday, and he underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam and a second physical with the team's medical staff.


Niners general manager Terry Donahue said he still was waiting to hear back from team doctors Wednesday night to evaluate the condition of Brockermeyer's right shoulder and right knee.


"I think it's fair to say we have a very strong interest and we're hoping that there's an opportunity here for us and maybe for him," Donahue said. "(But) we really are waiting until we have an opportunity to confer with our doctors and our coaches in regards to knowing exactly where we are with Blake. Really, until I talk to our medical team and get their observations on how that went in their opinion, I really don't have anything to tell you."


But the fact that Brockermeyer and his agent, Marvin Demoff, both were at the Niners' facility during the opening day of the team's three-day minicamp spoke volumes. Demoff said Brockermeyer will be ready to play by August, and the Niners indicated they'd be in no hurry to rush the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder onto the field.


"The doctors treating him are very pleased," Demoff said. "They say he's ahead of schedule."


Said Niners coach Steve Mariucci, "If we were to sign him, we would not be pressed to pencil him in as a starter in the next minicamp. That's not the case at all. We want him to get healthy, feeling good and strong. He's got some health issues that he's rehabbing right now and he needs to get those squared away. It might be a lengthy process. But we're willing to be patient. That's why he's talking with us. Because we're in no hurry. Nor is he. He can't be in a hurry, because he's not ready to be in a hurry right now. I think it's a mutual understanding that if he becomes a 49er he'll be healthy in due time and we won't rush it."


Brockermeyer, who had 101 NFL starts in seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears before Chicago released him on April 5 in a cost-cutting move, played through shoulder and knee injuries with the Bears last season. He underwent surgery earlier this year to repair a damaged rotator cuff and to alleviate an arthritic condition in his knee.


Brockermeyer, 29, also visited with the 49ers on April 11 – one day before the Niners signed free-agent All-Pro guard Ron Stone – and he underwent an initial physical with the team then. Demoff said Brockermeyer has made good progress in his rehabilitation since then, but the Niners wanted to take another look for themselves. Brockermeyer would likely compete for the left tackle position with incumbent starter Derrick Deese, though Mariucci said he's versatile enough to play both sides.


"We'd like to have him," Mariucci said. "He's another good player that helps us protect our quarterback. We have a starting front offensive line right now. We have starting tackles. We like our tackles. But if you're ever in a position to add another good player, then you look into doing that."


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