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August 10, 2008
Clocking ticking on Spikes deal

It wasn't Friday night's defensive performance against the Raiders that has prompted the 49ers to rekindle their interest in free-agent linebacker Takeo Spikes. Instead, it was a sense that if Spikes were to be ready for the Sept. 7 opener, he ought to join the club now. The 49ers for months have wanted to sign the 31-year-old linebacker to play the "Ted" position. Apparently that interest is reciprocated by Spikes, although his asking price the last few months has been too high for the 49ers. Mike Nolan is expected to discuss Spikes when the team's walk-through ends in a matter of minutes.

Spikes visited the 49ers in March and also visited the Lions last month. I'm told the Raiders, Buccaneers and Patriots have been among his most ardent suitors ...

-- 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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