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February 16, 2012
Shawntae Spencer switches agents

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Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who said last month he expected to part ways with the 49ers, has switched agents. Spencer's agent had been David Dunn, who represents coach Jim Harbaugh and is someone who also has represented general manager Trent Baalke. Spencer has switched to Peter Schaffer, according to NFLPA records.

Spencer, 29, started 72 games over his career, including all 16 games at right cornerback in 2009 and 2010. However, he suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp this past season, fell behind others on the depth chart and never was able to regain his former position. In fact, Spencer only was active for nine games this past season and was inactive during the playoffs.

Spencer speculated that his lack of use, coupled with the $3.2 million in base salary he is scheduled to earn in 2012, would prompt the 49ers to release him. "It's like dating the same girl all through junior high and high school and then come senior year, she's dating another guy. I've played right corner since I got here," he said last month. He said the best advice was from his brother, who picked up on the lady-with-another-man theme. "There's plenty of women out there," Spencer said.

-- 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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