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November 22, 2006
Lance Briggs a 49er?

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


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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