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February 28, 2008
Vikes cornering the free-agent market

A couple of free agents who have been linked to the 49ers are taking early trips to Minnesota. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Vikings have sent the owner Zygi Wilf's plane to California to pick up receiver Bernard Berrian. The Vikings also reportedly have set up a Friday meeting with defensive end Justin Smith. The Vikings are an up-and-coming team, and they'll try to get these players to ink their names to a contract before leaving town ...

While MM is reporting that guard Justin Smiley has a five-year deal with the Dolphins, profootballtalk is reporting that Kwame Harris has a deal with the Raiders. Like I wrote the other day -- Kwame to the Raiders makes sense considering that Kwame, a Stanford grad, truly loves the Bay Area ...

-- 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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