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March 21, 2008
Report: 49ers retain Strickland

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


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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