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September 5, 2007
New addition to D line

*** New Info *** The 49ers have waived offensive lineman Patrick Estes to make room for Ellison. It's a bit of a surprise to me considering the team had been grooming Estes, a converted tight end, for nearly three years. The 49ers also could lose three of their starting offensive linemen in the offseason.

You might as well call the 49ers "Baltimore West." The team is expected to add another former Raven, 318-pound defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison, to the active roster. Ellison, a third-year player out of Missouri, had backed up Kelly Gregg in training camp with the Ravens. He was signed off of Baltimore's practice squad.
It is not yet known who the 49ers will release to make room for Ellison. The 49ers have not yet announced the deal because Ellison has not yet signed a contract.
The 49ers' starting nose tackle, Aubrayo Franklin, also had played behind Gregg in Baltimore before being signed by the 49ers as a free agent this offseason. Ellison likely would play behind Franklin and Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle.
Other former Ravens who have become 49ers in recent years include defensive end Marques Douglas, linebacker Roderick Green, safety Chad Williams, tight end Trent Smith and tight end Terry Jones.


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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