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August 7, 2009
Niners sign new receiver, Chris Francies

With Brandon Jones out for eight weeks and Michael Crabtree not budging on his contract demands, the 49ers added a wideout today, Chris Francies, who played at UTEP. Francies (6-1, 193) was picked up by the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and he played in seven games that season. He was cut a year ago and spent time on the Saints practice squad. He's wearing No. 9. ... To make room, the 49ers cut DE Babatunde Oshinowo, who was brought in before training camp. Ricky Jean-Francois' return to practice made Oshinowo expendable.

-- 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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