Action on Jackson?

Darrell Jackson was in town looking for a new job Saturday, and the 49ers might just be the team to give it to him. But Mike Nolan said it hardly was imminent the veteran receiver would be joining the San Francisco roster, and even if he does, it won't affect how the team proceeds in the NFL draft, as evidenced by the Niners' selection of Jason Hill in the third round.

Nolan confirmed that the 49ers have loosely agreed on a fourth-round pick as compensation for Jackson, a seven-year NFL veteran who led the Seattle Seahawks with 63 receptions for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Jackson has been a big-play receiver for Seattle since joining the Seahawks as their third-round selection in 2000, recording 47 career touchdowns and a 14.6 average on his 441 career receptions.

Jackson traveled with his wife from their home in Florida to the San Francisco Bay Area and took a physical exam with the team Saturday afternoon. Jackson has battled injuries the past two seasons - he missed 10 games in 2005 with a knee ailment and three games last season with a hyper extended toe - but Nolan said he had no problem passing the team's physical.

"He did well," Nolan said. "We're going to talk about it a little bit more tonight just to finalize our decision on it. Nothing's been finalized right now. And it's 50-50 at best (that the team will sign Jackson). That's really where it's at right now. It's not only up to us, saying what the compensation is, but also (Seattle) agreeing to it."

Nolan said he would not communicate with the Seahawks again until Sunday morning. The trade, since it involves a fourth-round pick, must be completed before the fourth round begins at 8 a.m. (PST) Sunday.

Nolan visited with Jackson and his wife after the physical and said the veteran seemed eager to find a new NFL home with the 49ers.

"He was real excited to be here, and it sounded like he has plans to be here," Nolan said. "But it's not up to him, so we'll see. We haven't really finalized anything. We have not gone back to (Seattle) since the physical."

Jackson has become expendable in Seattle after the Seahawks paid big money last year to obtain free-agent receivers Deion Branch and Nate Burleson. The 49ers have been an interested party in acquiring Jackson's services since Seattle began shopping him around the league last season.

Nolan would not say which of San Francisco's fourth-rounders the team was offering Seattle, but it is believed to be the third of the team's initial four fourth-rounders, the No. 24 overall. On Saturday afternoon, the 49ers traded the second of those fourth-rounders - the No. 110 overall - in the deal to acquire a first-round selection from the New England Patriots that the team used to select offensive tackle Joe Staley.

"That's what we're offering," Nolan said. "We've had conversations with Seattle, but right now it's yet to be complete. We haven't agreed on anything yet."

"If we get something done," Nolan continued, "I would expect for him to make our football team better. Will he change our direction in the draft? No, he will not. It will not change at all what we are looking for in this draft and wide receiver is something we're looking at."

True to Nolan's words, the 49ers landed a quality receiver prospect in Washington State standout Hill - a San Francisco native - with their No. 76 selection in the third round. Nolan reiterated Saturday evening that will not impact the team's approach with Jackson.

Jackson is under contract with the Seahawks through the 2009 season with salaries scheduled at $3.25 million for this season, $4 million for 2008 and $4.75 million in 2009. The 49ers still have plenty of cap room at this juncture with the team more than $13 million under the league's cap.

Jackson is a proven NFL commodity, but the receiver prospect that actually did join the team Saturday said he is coming into the league with a certain hunger to prove himself against any receiver on the 49ers roster - now or in the future.

"D-Jacks … you know, I'm coming from Washington State, so I know a little bit about D-Jacks," Hill said Saturday evening. "He's been in the league a little while, and I'm new to it. So I definitely think my motivation will set me apart from anybody the Niners have now."

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