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March 25, 2009
Niners lose Strickland to the Jets

A 49ers' team that was light on cornerbacks over the weekend minicamp will not have Donald Strickland next season. Strickland has agreed to a three-year deal with the Jets, according to agent Peter Schaffer. Strickland also had visited with the Tennessee Titans. A San Francisco native, Strickland, 28, was a versatile and hard-nosed defensive back for the 49ers, starting 10 games in the last three seasons and seeing plenty of action in the team's nickel coverage packages. One of Strickland's starts this past season was against the Jets.

The 49ers' starting cornerbacks this season will be Nate Clements and Walt Harris. Both Shawntae Spencer and Tarell Brown were nursing injuries as the 49ers began their minicamp Friday while Reggie Smith is being converted into a safety. The backups for the minicamp were Marcus Hudson and Allen Rossum, the team's return specialist. The 49ers have looked at least two cornerbacks in free agency -- Eric Green and Karl Paymah. Both signed elsewhere.

How are the 49ers looking as far as complementory picks for next season? The NFL has a secret formula for doling those out, but it essentially examines whether a team's free-agent losses outweigh its free-agent gains.

Losses:
DL Ronald Fields
WR Bryant Johnson
QB J.T. O'Sullivan
CB Donald Strickland
(The team also could lose TE Billy Bajema)

Additions:
DL Demetric Evans
QB Damon Huard
WR Brandon Jones
FB Moran Norris

- 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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