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May 2, 2007
Don't expect a Keyshawn signing

Question: Great job of updating the fans during the draft. Do the Niners have any interest in signing Keyshawn Johnson? I think he still has one or two good, not great, seasons left in him. He would be a mentor to the younger receivers and be an excellent possession receiver and security blanket for Alex Smith.

- Joey, Northridge

Answer: I don't think so, Joey. They shied away from Dwayne Jarrett in the draft because they didn't think he had the wheels to get separation from defensive backs, and Keyshawn is slower than Jarrett. He's also in his mid-30s and the 49ers generally don't touch free agents who are older than 29.

- 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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