Stone wanted by 49ers

<P>Free agent Ron Stone was courted by the 49ers on Monday at the team's Santa Clara headquarters.

The two-time Pro Bowl guard represents the team's final bit of unfinished business before the April 20 NFL Draft as San Francisco's focus begins to turn from free agency to the upcoming college lottery.

The Niners are set with starters for the 2002 season at every position except left guard, where the team would like to replace 39-year-old Ray Brown with Stone, who is rated by several observers as the top guard available on the open market.

The team's pursuit of Stone likely will be San Francisco's last dalliance in free agency until the Niners see how their roster shakes out after the two-day draft, in which they currently have nine picks.

"We feel like the only position that we don't have a bona fide established starter in today - if Ray Brown doesn't return to the team - is guard," Niner G.M. Terry Donahue said. "So that has got to be one of our concerns.

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