Flanigan signs with 49ers

Former Packers defensive tackle Jim Flanigan signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.<p>

Flanigan, the son of former Packers linebacker Jim Flanigan Sr., started eight games for the Packers last season. The ninth-year pro had 46 tackles, tops among non-starters, and 4 1?2 sacks. He became an unrestricted free agent in March and the Packers chose not to re-sign him. The Packers also re-signed Gilbert Brown and have a number of tackles returning, including fifth-round draft pick Aaron Kampman.

Flanigan, who played for the veteran's minimum of $500,000 last year, reportedly signed a two-year deal with San Francisco that could be worth as much as $2 million if he reaches performance incentives. He received a $100,000 signing bonus and will have a 2002 base salary of $650,000 that could go as high as $1 million with incentives.

Flanigan was one of the top defensive tackles still available on the open market. A third-round pick by Chicago in 1994, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has 45 career sacks and also has demonstrated he can be stout against the run.

Flanigan visited Jacksonville on May 3 and the 49ers a few weeks later. He will challenge defensive tackle Reggie McGrew for a starting spot on the defensive line.

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