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March 2, 2009
Warner watch begins

I arrived at 49ers HQ a few minutes ago (9: 51 a.m.) to find a 22-foot black Range Rover with driver parked in front of the building. It was then moved to the back entrance where pesky reporters don't have access. I can tell you it's not for Demetric Evans. The Redskins free-agent DE-DT is delayed by the snow storm that has blanketed the east coast. He won't be in until tomorrow. Moran Norris is due in to sign his contract today. But you don't rent a stretch limo for a 30-something fullback. Meanwhile, the 49ers are being very mysterioso ... Stay tuned ...

10:58 a.m. The mysterious black limo pulled up to the 49ers' building, the driver got out and waited with his umbrella. The odd thing is, no one got in and then the limo rolled away ... We are now awaiting its arrival, presumably with Kurt and Brenda Warner aboard ...

11:52 a.m. The limo just rolled in and we watched the driver escort a blond woman -- Brenda? -- to the door. I thought she was taller ... There's a metal gate that prevents anyone from entering the back parking lot. The view through the gate didn't allow us to see the other side of the car, so I did not actually see Brenda's husband with my own eyes. I'm told he's in the building and that he will be going through the same process any free-agent visitor goes through -- chat with Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan, physical with the team doctors, etc. ...

12:33 p.m. In the interest on full disclosure ... between the limo departing the 49ers' facility and arriving back again, three of us engaged in the world's most inept chase scene to the airport. Popeye Doyle it was not. We figured it would be easy to tail a 22-foot limo in the rain to the airport. Ah, but which airport? The limo gave us the slip at the light. And while we scoured San Jose International Airport (home of the never-ending construction project) for someone waiting with a handwritten "Kurt Warner" placard, the limo was at San Jose Jet Center. So much for the Yorks being cheapskates. They didn't buy the Warners "Anytime" tickets on Southwest. They flew them in a private jet. .. It's your move, Bidwills ...

1:18 p.m. Quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson just rolled into his parking spot. Must mean there's a quarterback somewhere on the premises ...

1:33 p.m. Not the big news you're waiting for, but ... Moran Norris is in the building.

1:49 p.m. SF Gate's John Crumpacker reports that Warner is currently at Stanford Hospital getting his physical. Warner has had pinky (2000), hand (2002), concussion (2003), hand (2004), groin, MCL (2005) and elbow (2007) injuries in the past, so the physical is not a routine event.

2:36 p.m. THERE'S BEEN A SIGNING!!!!!!! Yeah, fullback Moran Norris finally inked his name to his three-year contract. He'll be talking in a matter of minutes ...(Sorry, couldn't resist)

2:46 p.m. Moran Norris is officially back in the fold. Norris, of course, lost his job to Zak Keasey last summer. Now that Jimmy Raye has taken over the offense, it looks like the roles are reversed -- Norris is in, Keasey needs to be a special teams dynamo to make the team. Asked about the offense, Norris said: "They really didn't say. But I know they're looking for a fullback who will go in and stick their nose in there." He said he's scheduled to meet with Raye later today. Meanwhile, Warner Watch continues ...

3:09 p.m. Let's talk receivers. As of now, the only receivers on the 49ers roster who have started a game - and one of them has exactly one start - are ARNAZ BATTLE, Brandon Jones, Jason Hill and Josh Morgan. If the 49ers were to somehow land Warner, you would think that would be enough to coax Isaac Bruce back into the fold. Meanwhile, the Rams are reportedly shopping Torry Holt. They haven't approached the 49ers yet, but with Warner on the roster, that would be a logical team to start with ...

4:07 p.m. Kurt Warner just arrived back from a loooong physical at Stanford. Trainer Jeff Ferguson was behind the wheel of their vehicle but did not stop to allow Warner to talk to reporters. As they paused at the security gate, Warner mouthed the words -- good naturedly, of ourse -- "I'm not talking." He is now set to meet with Mike SIngletary and Scot McCloughan.

6 p.m. Warner Watch has ended. The free-agent QB met with offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson late this afternoon. Then his stretch Range Rover whisked him away, presumably to a hotel and then to dinner with McCloughan and Singletary. To read more about the tentative game plan, click here.

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-- Matt 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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