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March 18, 2009
Niners to contemplate Marvel Smith

Offensive tackle Marvel Smith is getting ready to fly back home to Los Angeles this evening after what his agent characterized as a good visit with the 49ers today. Smith, 30, met with coach Mike Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan, toured the team facility and, of course, had a physical. Agent Kenny Zuckerman said Smith came away with a very good impression of Singletary and said he felt at home in the Bay Area. Smith grew up in the East Bay and went to high school at Skyline High in Oakland.

If it weren't for recent injuries to his back, adding Smith at right tackle would be an easy decision. He is a former Pro Bowler who has two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers. The 49ers will mull over the results of today's physical before making a decision. Zuckerman said Smith feels as good as he has in years and would be able to take part in the 49ers' upcoming minicamp if a deal is reached before Friday.

-- 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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