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