49ers offseason roundup

Now that the 49ers are in the midst of their summer vacation, here's a detailed look at the team's personnel entering July with the beginning of training camp looming on the horizon at the end of the month, with all the offseason moves that have shaped San Francisco's 2007 roster with comments on every player coming, going and staying along with the free agents who still are currently in limbo.



UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers in June)
LB Jay Foreman: The eight-year veteran joined the team in December but got injured in his second game and ended the season on injured reserve. Had a chance to be brought back to contend for a backup/special teams role in training camp, but the team opted for other veterans to contend for those jobs.
FB Chris Hetherington: Began last season as the team's starting fullback, but hardly saw the field after September and is reaching the end after 11 seasons in the NFL. Moran Norris' emergence last season made Hetherington expendable, and the 49ers will now look to groom a young backup for Norris.
LB T.J. Slaughter: Made contributions on both defense and special teams before a finger injury ended his season in late November. Still could get a summer call from the team if he remains unemployed, but that doesn't appear likely after the 49ers re-stocked at the position in the spring.
LB Andre Torrey: Was a long shot to make the roster before he tore knee ligaments in training camp last year and spent 2006 on injured reserve. The team's upgrades at linebacker left little reason to offer Torrey a deal to return.



WR Bryan Gilmore: UFA; $595,000/1 yr. Impressed 49ers with his professionalism and versatility last year despite producing marginal results as the team's No. 3 receiver with just eight receptions. But he averaged 18.8 yards per catch, rushed for 94 yards on seven reverses, contributed on special teams and gives the team an experienced veteran who will fight to keep his roster berth in the team's upgraded mix at receiver.
RB Maurice Hicks: RFA: $850,000/1 yr. Was disappointed that he didn't get a better offer on the market, but is a legitimate talent who can help the 49ers in several ways at running back, returning kicks and making plays on special teams.
P Andy Lee: RFA; 49ers matched Steelers offer $7.1M/6 yrs, $1.66M SB. The 49ers made Lee their punter for the long haul after he blossomed in his third season with a 44.8 net average – the best by a San Francisco punter in the past 41 seasons – and also continued to develop in the finer aspects of the position.
S Keith Lewis: Potential RFA; $2.935M/3 yrs, $650,000 SB; 2007 cap: $776,667. Was rewarded for fine 2006 performance with contract extension after earning a core role on team for the immediate future with his stellar play on special teams and defensive contributions after joining the starting lineup near midseason.
LB Hannibal Navies: UFA; $720,000/1 yr. Ninth-year veteran showed the team something with his versatility after joining roster in late November, and he will get a prime opportunity to earn a roster niche among the team's beefed-up linebacker corps this year.
FB Moran Norris: UFA; $3.285M/3 yrs, $915,000 SB; 2007 cap: $1M. Agreed to terms of deal during season last year but couldn't sign until March due to the terms of the one-year deal he signed with 49ers as a free agent in 2006. Had an impact season after grabbing the starting duties at fullback, quickly convincing the 49ers to make him a part of their future.
S Mark Roman: Potential UFA; $4.5M/3 yrs, $2M SB; 2007 cap: $1.417M. Progressed steadily after moving into starting lineup last season ahead of Tony Parrish, and team locked him up with an extension, feeling Roman would be one of the better veteran safeties available on the open market had he hit free agency.
CB Donald Strickland: FA; had been released by 49ers; $595,000/1 yr. Cover corner has skills to win on edge in man situations and was brought back to fight for a roster spot at another of the team's highly upgraded positions.
G/C Tony Wragge: ERFA; $1.34M/2 yrs; 2007 cap: $600,000. One of team's pleasant surprises of 2006 showed he could get the job done filling in as a starter at both guard and center. Enters 2007 with top backup status on a highly competitive line.
DL Bryant Young: Potential UFA; $4.25M/1 yr. The 49ers welcomed back the four-time All-Pro when he decided to return for a 14th season in San Francisco. At age 35, Young remains an integral part of what the team wants to accomplish on defense.

LB Tully Banta-Cain: UFA Patriots; $8.9M/3 yrs, $2.9M SB; 2007 cap: $2.17M. Looked good during the spring and locked down the starting position at ROLB, where he gives the team the size, versatility and outside pass rushing it's looking for in its 3-4 defensive scheme.
LB Colby Bockwoldt: Not tendered as RFA by Titans; terms unknown. Special teams warrior also has the size and skills to contribute in 3-4 system.
CB Nate Clements: UFA Bills; $64M/7 yrs, $10M RB/$10M OB 2008; 2007 cap: $11.1M. Seventh-year veteran enters prime of his career as the team's secondary centerpiece and looked the part this spring after the 49ers made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history while luring him to San Francisco.
DT Aubrayo Franklin: UFA Ravens; $6M/3 yrs, $3M SB; 2007 cap: $1.416M. The new anchor of the team's 3-4 defense is a 335-pound space eater who occupies blockers and potentially gives the 49ers what they've been lacking on the nose to make their new scheme successful.
WR Darrell Jackson (trade with Seahawks): Another key offseason acquisition could give the 49ers the legitimate No. 1 receiver they've been lacking over the past three seasons. As Mike Nolan said, the Niners never would have found a receiver of Jackson's caliber and experience with the fourth-round draft pick that was used to obtain him.
WR Ashley Lelie: UFA Falcons; $4.3M/2 yrs, $2M SB; 2007 cap: $3.2M. Talented speedster gets another chance to show his worth with the Niners after ultimately bombing out with both the Broncos and Falcons despite twice leading the NFL in average yards per catch during his four seasons in Denver.
S Michael Lewis: UFA Eagles; $30M/6 yrs, $9.8M guaranteed; 2007 cap: $4.195M. 2005 Pro Bowl starter moves in as the starting strong safety and brings a physical, in-the-box presence, but questions remain about his coverage skills.
DE Sam Rayburn: FA Eagles; terms unknown. Late June addition helps fill void left on roster by Melvin Oliver's season-ending knee injury; veteran might have inside track toward earning berth in team's defensive line rotation.

DT Anthony Adams: UFA Bears; 4 yrs, terms unknown. High-character, team-first individual has starting NFL skills but was a poor fit for 49ers' 3-4 system; he should fare better in Chicago's 4-3 scheme.
S Mike Adams: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; 2 yrs, terms unknown. Had swift fall from grace with 49ers after turning down a contract extension early last season when he was the team's starting free safety. By end of season, had worked his way out of both the lineup and the team's plans.
WR Antonio Bryant (released): Volatile talent couldn't show the discipline or common sense necessary to make it within the positive team structure offered by the 49ers; team ultimately was forced to cut its losses and dump one of its top offensive weapons after he spent just 14 games in a San Francisco uniform.
S Deke Cooper: UFA Panthers; terms unknown. Veteran was added to roster for final two weeks of season last year, but there was no place for him after team bulked up at the position during the offseason.
CB Sammy Davis (released): Was not up to the standard the 49ers were looking for from their No. 3 cornerback last season and was unlikely to make roster in 2007 after the team's offseason upgrades at the position.
TE Eric Johnson: UFA Saints; $2M/1 yr, SB unknown. Both sides showed interest in the six-year veteran returning to San Francisco, but Johnson ultimately opted for the chance at a featured role in New Orleans' high-powered passing game. With Delanie Walker waiting in the wings behind Vernon Davis at tight end, Johnson's opportunities with the 49ers would have been limited.
DT Lance Legree: UFA Buccaneers (subsequently released); terms unknown. Veteran NFL journeyman was inactive during his two games on the San Francisco roster last season.
C Jeremy Newberry: UFA Raiders; $1.5M/1 yr, no SB. The 49ers made the decision early this year to move forward without Newberry and the knee trouble that ultimately could prevent him from ever playing another down. Somehow, it seems like poetic justice that the tough-guy Bay Area native will end his career with the 49ers' cross-bay rivals from Oakland.
S Chad Williams: Not tendered as UFA/Chiefs; terms unknown. Was a contributor on defense and special teams last year in his only season with the team, but Niners feel they got better at safety during offseason without him.

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