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January 22, 2009
49ers to give Williams a shot at safety

The 49ers on Thursday signed defensive back Jimmy Williams, a former second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons who sat out the 2008 season. Williams spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons in Atlanta, recording 40 tackles, one interception and three passes defensed in 27 games played with starts at both cornerback and safety. The 49ers will give him a shot at free safety, where they are in need of a playmaker.

Williams ran afoul of the Falcons in 2008, reportedly showing up for offseason workouts overweight at more than 230 pounds and missing two of three days of a voluntary minicamp. He had a workout with the 49ers before being signed.

In other 49ers news, Scott Linehan is reportedly interested in the Raiders offensive coordinator position. If that BS detector inside your head isn't going wild right now, I have some newspaper stock I'd like to sell you ...

-- 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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