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May 11, 2010
Bly, Harris on wrong end of numbers game

The 49ers officially announced the signing of cornerback Will James, 30, to a one-year deal today. And if that wasn't enough to signal the end of the Dre Bly era, consider this: James was given No. 31, the number Bly wore last season for the 49ers. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie cornerback Patrick Stoudamire has been given Walt Harris' No. 27. Of course, the fact that their numbers have been usurped isn't a sure sign that Bly and Harris, both of whom are free agents, will never be 49ers again. But it's not a good sign, either.

-- 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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