Barry Sims is officially a 49er having signed his one-year contract today. Sims said he met his new offensive line coach, Mike Solari, for the first time today and hung out with his linemates for the first time since the 2009 season ended. Those linemates, he said, were the primary reason he decided to return to San Francisco. "You have to establish relations with everybody," he said of moving to a new team. "I would really miss the guys in San Francisco because we have such a great group of guys."
Sims, 35, made a visit to Washington on Friday where his former position coach, Chris Foerster, now resides and where he is familiar with the incoming members of the front office. With Chris Samuels' retirement, the Redskins' situation at tackle is more tenuous than even the 49ers', and Sims indicated he thought he had a good chance at beginning the season as a starter. "My expectation would have been to go in as a starter and help develop a younger guy," he said.
He said he assumed he would be the "swing tackle" - a backup who can play both right and left tackle - with the 49ers this year. And he said he hopes to be a mentor should the 49ers, as expected, draft an offensive tackle in April. If Sims earns all of his incentives, he could make $2.1 million this year with the 49ers.
-- Matt Barrows