Question: Do you think with the extra salary cap space next year the 49ers will go after Lance Briggs at outside linebacker and then run the 4-3?
- Eric Abeyta, Elk Grove
Answer: That's a great question. Nolan et al. prefer the 3-4 defense but are starting to have so much success with the 4-3 that they might change their tune. Briggs will be the top linebacker on the free-agent market and the Bears, who already have paid a mint to Brian Urlacher, will have a tough time retaining him. The 49ers have a good relationship with Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and, of course, have loads of salary-cap space next season. A linebacking corps of Briggs, Moore and Lawson would be pretty sweet and I'm sure the 49ers wouldn't mind the caravans from Elk Grove.
- Matthew Barrows