Interesting item from The Sporting News' Albert Breer. The 49ers have given safety Mark Roman permission to seek a trade. The 49ers have been open about wanting to upgrade at the position. Mike Singletary said as much at his end-of-season press conference. The problem for the 49ers -- and a benefit for Roman -- is that this is a down year for free safeties in both free agency and the draft.
Roman's agent, Albert Elias, said that the process of shopping Roman only began today. "This is the very early stages and teams are just getting the information about him," Elias said. Elias said that the shopping process could extend through the draft. He said that if it gets to June and Roman hasn't found a home, he'd return to San Francisco. "He doesn't want to leave," Elias said. "He'd like to stay with the 49ers. But he wants to be a starter."
Elias said that Singletary was up front with Roman about having Roman in a backup role this year, presumably to third-year player Dashon Goldson. "They were honest with me and with him and to their credit, they were accommodating in allowing Mark to test the market," Elias said.
-- Matt Barrows