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February 20, 2008
Sopoaga the last DT standing?

The Green Bay Packers effectively kept defensive tackle Corey Williams off the free-agent market today by designating him their franchise player. The Tennessee Titans did the same with Albert Haynesworth. If the tag sticks, both stand to make at least $6.363 million for the upcoming season. Why should you care? It means that Isaac Sopoaga, scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 29, suddenly has even less competition on the open market. It's a supply-and-demand issue. The demand for a good DT is sky high; the supply is quite low. Which means that Sopoaga will be haggling from a very strong position. The 49ers have said they will make one final push to re-sign Sopoaga before the 29th. But if you were him, would you commit before free agency begins?

-- 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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