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February 27, 2009
Niners agree to two-year deal with Spikes

3:26 p.m. Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com reports that the 49ers have agreed to terms with inside linebacker Takeo Spikes on a two-year contract. Spikes had an excellent season in 2008, finishing second on the team in tackles and pairing well with youngster Patrick Willis. Immediately after the season ended, Spikes spoke glowingly of Willis and the 49ers and said he wanted to return in 2009. The 49ers have not groomed any young players to play the "ted" linebacker spot Spikes played in 2008.

Spikes, 32, joined the team midway through training camp last year and signed a one-year deal. The 49ers also have agreed to terms with return man Allen Rossum and former fullback Moran Norris.

2:12 p.m. The 49ers are showing interest in another defensive end -- Kenny Peterson, who was drafted by the Packers in 2003 and who spent the last three years in Denver. Peterson, 30, seems to be similar in build, experience, etc. to Demetric Evans. Peterson, 6-3, 300 lbs., started one game for the Broncos last year as a DT in Denver's 4-3 scheme and had three sacks.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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