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March 4, 2009
Niners sign Huard, officially sign Spikes

Damon Huard passed his physical and was officially signed this afternoon. The 49ers now will have at least two quarterbacks when they assemble for their first minicamp later this month. Whether they have a third, Alex Smith, depends on if the team can re-sign Alex Smith before the camp begins. The 49ers have said they have not been in contact with Smith recently because he was recently married and on his honeymoon. (What? Did Tom Condon join the happy couple?) At this point, the two sides are not believed to be close, although that could change quickly as other teams solidify their quarterback position.

Also, linebacker Takeo Spikes officially signed his two-year deal. Of all of the 49ers' own free agents, Spikes was the one the team really needed back. As I've written before, the 49ers have struck out several times in trying to develop a young linebacker to play next to Patrick Willis. Spikes filled that role well last season, but the 49ers still could stand to bring in a young linebacker either through free agency or the draft.

-- 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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