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March 28, 2008
Bajema signs one-year tender

Tight end Billy Bajema, who became a restricted free agent on Feb. 28, signed the one-year tender offered him by the 49ers. The tender was believed to be the lowest tender possible. Bajema was a seventh-round pick in 2005 and has been used exclusively as a blocker the last three seasons. In fact, Bajema hasn't caught a pass since his rookie season, which makes you wonder how he'll be utilized in Mike Martz's offense.

With SpyGate looming over the league, officials believe this finally will be the year that team owners approve of placing a radio inside the helmet of a defensive player. (Currently, only the quarterback can hear play calls through his helmet). Under the rule proposal, before every game teams would designate two defenders who can have the radios. If the primary defender gets hurt, then the secondary defender can go to the sideline and grab the helmet with a radio inside. Just like the quarterback, the defensive player with the radio will be identified by a lime green dot on his helmet.

So who wears the dot for the 49ers? Good question. It would have to be a defensive player who is on the field for downs 1-3, so my best guess would be safety Mark Roman or perhaps even Patrick Willis. You have to wonder, however, how long a delicate electronic device would remain in tact inside Bam-Bam's helmet.

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-- 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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