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April 20, 2010
Niners sign LaBoy to a one-year deal

The 49ers and OLB linebacker Travis LaBoy have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to a league source. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the one-year contract is for $1.6 million. LaBoy sat out the 2009 season with a foot injury and also has dealt with a biceps tear in recent years. He was courted by four teams - the 49ers, Dolphins, Patriots and Jets - and had a workout with the Patriots today.

Adding LaBoy gives the 49ers four experienced players at outside linebacker - Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson, Manny Lawson and LaBoy. The starters last year were Haralson and Lawson with Brooks having a prominent role in third-down situations. Lawson, who is entering the final year of his first contract, is seeking an extension and did not take part in the 49ers' OTA practices last month.

LaBoy had a better chance to start with the Dolphins, who have an opening at outside linebacker. However, he preferred to play for his home-town team, the 49ers. LaBoy grew up in Marin County and over the weekend was inducted into Marin Catholic High School's hall of fame. For more on LaBoy, click here.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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