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April 14, 2009
Niners shoot down Quinn rumor

The 49ers say they are not the "mystery team" offering a first-round draft pick for Brady Quinn. The 49ers have the No. 10 in this year's draft. Quinn, the 22nd pick of the 2007 draft, has been the subject of trade rumors because the Browns have A.) a new coach and B.) another starting-caliber quarterback in Derek Anderson. Quinn and the 49ers were linked today in ESPN's "rumor" section.

Quinn made his NFL debut in the final game of 2007 against the 49ers. Last year he played in three games, completed 50.6 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns against two interceptions. He had a 66.6 percent passer rating. The 49ers' quarterbacks currently are Shaun Hill (career 90.5 career passer rating), Alex Smith and Damon Huard. They are also taking close looks at several quarterbacks who may be available in the draft: Georgia's Matthew Stafford, USC's Mark Sanchez, Kansas State's Josh Freeman and Ball State's Nate Davis.

When I was writing yesterday about the local players who will work out Friday for the 49ers I omitted Cal defensive end Rulan Davis. Davis stands nearly 6-5 and weighs 283 pounds. Some teams are looking at him as a 3-4 linebacker, but most see him as a defensive end. The 49ers probably would use him as a pass-rushing 3-4 end, a la Justin Smith and Demetric Evans who have similar dimensions.

-- 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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