Free agency looming: 49ers personnel update

With 2007 NFL free agency set to begin on Friday, here is a look at where the 49ers currently stand with all of their players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents, along with all their other player moves and designations to this point in 2007.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None

TRANSITION PLAYER: None

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
DT Anthony Adams: The four-year veteran does not fit the style of defense the 49ers hope to play. Though Adams has value and can be a productive player, the team probably will make no effort to re-sign him after he lost his starting job and saw a significant drop in playing time last season.
S Deke Cooper: He was added to the roster for final two games of season, but does not figure to return.
LB Jay Foreman: The late-season addition injured a knee in his second game with the team and missed the rest of the season on injured reserve. He could return to fight for a roster spot.
WR Bryan Gilmore: The veteran had just one catch in the final eight games and that came in overtime of the finale. But he could return to fight again for a roster berth because of his special-teams play and the team's lack of quality at receiver.
FB Chris Hetherington: He's a vested vet who saw no action on offense after losing his starting job to Moran Norris in the third week, and almost is sure not to return as the team figures to opt for a young fullback to groom behind Norris.
TE Eric Johnson: He no longer is a big factor in the offense with the addition of youngster Vernon Davis, but the 49ers would like to re-sign him as a backup. Whether they do depends on what kind of attention he receives on the open market.
DT Lance Legree: He was working on Wall Street when the 49ers signed him for the final two games. He will not return.
LB Hannibal Navies: Saw significant action after signing for the final six games, including three starts. There is no harm in bringing him back to see if he can fit in.
C Jeremy Newberry: The stalwart warrior wants to resume his career after missing 37 games the past three seasons with knee injuries, but the 49ers already have told him he does not fit into their plans and they will not offer him a deal.
LB T.J. Slaughter: The veteran linebacker's finger surgery ended his season in November. He has some versatility and could return to compete for a roster spot as a backup and special teams performer.
S Chad Williams: The veteran saw plenty of action in the team's sub coverage packages, and there's a good chance he'll be back to compete for a roster spot.
DL Bryant Young: The team's stalwart veteran leader has decided to play one more season and already has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to return in 2007 that he will sign in the next few days.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
S Mike Adams: The three-year veteran turned down an extension early in the season, then lost his starting job and did not get tendered a qualifying offer by the team.
RB Maurice Hicks: He turned down a contract extension during the season last year. The 49ers tendered him a qualifying offer at the low amount of $850,000 this week, but they will receiver no compensation if he signs with another team because the team signed him as an undrafted free agent.
P Andy Lee: The three-year veteran showed a lot of progress last season, and the club would like to keep him around for a while. The 49ers tendered him a qualifying offer at the low amount of $850,000, and they would receive a sixth-round draft pick as compensation should he sign with another team and the 49ers decided not to match the offer. Lee was a sixth-round draft choice by the 49ers in 2004.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
G/C Tony Wragge: He started four games at guard and center due to injuries and performed well while establishing himself as a guy who can play in the NFL trenches. The 49ers tendered him a qualifying offer of $510,000 to return in 2007, and he now can only negotiate with the 49ers.
LB Andre Torrey: The youngster sustained torn ACL in training camp and his return this season is in question. The 49ers did not tender him a qualifying offer to secure his exclusive negotiating rights.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
S Keith Lewis: Potential RFA; $2.935M/3 yrs, $650,000 SB; 2007 cap: $776,667
FB Moran Norris: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown
S Mark Roman: Potential UFA; $4.5M/3 yrs, $2M SB; 2007 cap: $1.417M

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None

PLAYERS LOST
CB Sammy Davis: Was released by 49ers on Monday after one disappointing season with the team.
CB Donald Strickland: Was released by the 49ers on Monday, but only because it was required by NFL rules. The team would like to have him back to compete for a roster spot in 2007 and will try to work a deal with him.


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