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February 4, 2008
Shaun Hill ready to sign 3-year deal

Agent Bob Lattinville just confirmed a MM report that quarterback Shaun Hill has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the 49ers. The two sides had been exchanging proposals for the last few weeks and Lattinville said the negotiations with Paraag Marathe were smooth and amiable throughout. Hill had been scheduled to hit the free-market later this month. Instead, he will compete against Alex Smith -- and likely a third candidate -- for the starting job in San Francisco. Lattinville said he could not provide the details of the contract but that the amounts would increase if Hill were to win the starting job.

Hill is now in the midst of rehabilitating the broken index finger on his throwing hand that required offseason surgery. He is concentrating on regaining the flexibility in the finger and should be ready for the team's first minicamp. As for the yet-to-be-named third contender in the quarterback derby, that candidate likely will be added in the coming weeks when the free-agent market opens. The 49ers are not interested in bringing back Trent Dilfer for a third season.

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Draftnik David Fucillo has updated his mock draft site to include the players the experts see the 49ers choosing in the second round of the draft. Lots of Mario Manninghams (yay!) and Quentin Groveses (meh) on the list. To check it out, click here.

-- Matt Barrows



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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