Question: Lance Briggs? First of all would he be a good fit at weak outside LB in our 3-4, or maybe at one of the two inside spots? I know we have multiple third and fourth round picks, what would be a fair price? Would such an offer entice the Bears to move him? Are the Niners even interested? If so it would make sense as to why they didn't pursue the older A.Thomas as much. Any rumors?
-- Jason, Sacramento
Answer: London Fletcher-Baker recently fetched a five-year, $25 million deal (more than $10 million of it guaranteed) from the Redskins. Fletcher-Baker is about to turn 32. Lance Briggs is 26 and is very much in the prime of his career. Heíll want a lot more than Fletcher-Baker got, and the 49ers say they arenít throwing any more big money at free agents. Besides, they probably would have to pry him from the Bearsí grasp with a high draft pick, and thatís not something theyíre willing to do.
-- Matt Barrows
Question: What second day WR would best suit the offense? I hear a lot about David Ball? Any others worth noting?
-- Scott, Sacramento
Answer: David Ball certainly would be appropriate considering he was the most prolific 1-AA receiver since Jerry Rice. He seems like an overachiever, a la Wayne Chrebet, which isnít a bad thing at all. However, heís not that strong and not very fast. A Day 2 guy that could catch the 49ersí eye is James Jones out of San Jose State. He followed up a good combine with a solid pro-day workout that included 21 reps of 225 lbs - not too shabby for a wideout. Heís certainly not blazing fast (4.59 40) but heís a big body with soft hands.
-- Matt Barrows