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February 19, 2008
Team tenders tight end Billy Bajema

The 49ers tendered a contract offer today to their lone restricted free agent, tight end Billy Bajema. The tender is the lowest one possible, meaning that if another team were to steal him away, the 49ers would be compensated with a seventh-round pick, which was Bajema's draft position in 2005. One long-time 49ers observer -- he shall remain nameless -- insists that when Bajema came trotting onto the field this past season, it was a sure sign that something bad was going to happen. He was like William H. Macy in "The Cooler." Maybe that's because Bajema's presence was a tip-off that the 49ers were going to run. After all, Bajema has gone without a single reception in each of the last two seasons ...

-- 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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