49ers personnel update

With free agency set to begin in four days, here's a look at the 49ers' player moves so far in 2008, along with the designations for free agents currently on the San Francisco roster, including a look at each of the team's unrestricted and restricted free agents along with players already signed and already lost so far in 2007.

FRANCHISE PLAYER
None

TRANSITION PLAYER
None

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
G Larry Allen: The future Hall of Famer is expected to be leaning toward retirement, but the 49ers would consider bringing him back for another season at compensation reduced from the $2.6 million base salary he earned last year.
DE Marques Douglas: The seven year veteran had a very good season last year, probably the best of his career, but the 49ers are concerned about his ability to continue to play at a high level. It appears the team will allow him to test the open market without offering him a deal first.
WR Bryan Gilmore: The final player cut from the final 53-man roster in September, Gilmore came back to the team at mid-season and performed adequately in a backup role. But the 49ers are looking to upgrade at receiver, so gaining a roster spot this year should get even more difficult, and Gilmore figures to be around later if the 49ers would like to ask him back at a future date.
OLB Roderick Green: He's a good pass rusher - something the team is sorely lacking - but his lack of versatility might limit his chance of returning, since he's basically a situational player in a 3-4 defense.
T Kwame Harris: The team's 2003 first-round draft pick lost his starting job last season and will look for a place to play elsewhere on the open market.
RB Maurice Hicks: A versatile player who the 49ers will consider retaining for his rushing/pass-catching ability in the backfield and his standout play on special teams. Hicks, however, had just 21 carries last season behind Frank Gore and Michael Robinson, so he may look for an opportunity for more playing time elsewhere.
WR/RS Michael Lewis He did an acceptable job after being acquired early in the season, but the 49ers recently signed veteran Allen Rossum to handle their return duties, so Lewis won't be asked back.
G Justin Smiley: Though the 49ers like Smiley and he likes the 49ers, he appears headed for the open market as the team does not want to pay big money for a guard.
NT Isaac Sopoaga: After displaying some development and consistency last season, the four-year veteran is in position for a big payday on the open market, but the 49ers won't let him get away cheaply.
DB Donald Strickland: Had a solid 2007 season and contributed in secondary packages. He has versatility and attitude, so the team probably will look to re-sign him.
QB Chris Weinke: San Francisco signed him late in the season last year due to injuries and he started the season finale, but the team is unlikely to consider him as an option for the No. 3 quarterback the 49ers will bring to training camp this summer.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
TE Billy Bajema: The three-year veteran was tendered at the low amount ($927,000) with a seventh-round pick as compensation.
CB B.J. Tucker: He wasn't tendered an offer by the team and no longer appears to have a future with the 49ers.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
QB Shaun Hill: The potential unrestricted free agent signed three-year deal worth $6 million with the team that included a $1.95 million signing bonus. After winning both of his starts late in the season last year, Hill will be given an opportunity to compete for the starting job at quarterback this year with incumbent Alex Smith.

PLAYERS LOST
LB Derek Smith: Was released last week so that the 49ers wouldn't have to pay a 2007 base salary of $3.28 million to a player who was expected to be nothing more than an aging reserve this season.
DE Bryant Young The distinguished 14-year veteran already has announced his retirement.


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