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December 29, 2006
Let's look at Bennett

Question: Yo Matthew! Have you heard any whispers from inside the organization that they may pursue Berkley native Drew Bennett in free agency? I think he would be the perfect compliment to Bryant and Battle, help alleviate the attention on Gore, and let the Niners focus primarily on D in the draft. Drafting WR's has not been good for the Niners - Woods, Maxwell, Marshall, Hamilton, Williams, etc.

-- Lebowski, Los Angeles

Answer: No whispers yet, Lebowski, but I agree that Bennett would be a good fit. The 49ers love big receivers and at 6-5, Bennett would be well within their wheelhouse (Think of the 49ers as Jacksonville West). Some reasons they may pass on him: 1.) The free-agent market is light on receivers, which would drive up his asking price. 2.) The 49ers will spend their salary-cap dough on defensive players. 3.) The draft will have some good, big-bodied guys in Jarrett, Manningham, C. Johnson, etc.

-- Matt 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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