The New York Jets made a play for cornerback Donald Strickland, but the 49ers ultimately retained the the San Francisco native. ESPN is reporting that Strickland agreed to a one-year deal for $800,000. Strickland isn't particular big and he isn't a big hitter. But he has been fearless when it comes to throwing his body in harm's way, and he has won the respect of the coaching staff because of that. Strickland had a significant role as an extra defensive back last season, and he likely will have to hold off Marcus Hudson to maintain that role this year.
-- Matt Barrows