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March 19, 2012
49ers free-agent news NOT involving Peyton Manning

As the world waits for Peyton Manning to come down from the (Smokies) Mountain and announce his decision, here's what's happening with the mere mortal free agents as it pertains to the 49ers.

• Guard Geoff Schwartz, who is being eyed as a replacement for Adam Snyder at right guard, plans to visit the 49ers on Tuesday after a stop in Minnesota today. Schwartz, 25, also has visited the Lions. The 49ers' search for a guard also has included former Cowboy and Lion Leonard Davis, 33.


• Running back James Davis, 26, writes on Twitter that he'll work out with the 49ers today after doing the same with the Raiders Sunday. The 5-11, 218-pound running back has had a bit role with the Browns, Redskins and Lions over the previous four years. The 49ers are eying running backs, but they may wait until after the draft to make any moves. Former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs also has been discussed.

• Tight end Matthew Mulligan will visit today. Mulligan, 27, played all 16 games as a blocking tight end for the Jets last year. He also was on special teams and was the squad's backup longsnapper. (If signed the 49ers would have four players who can long snap). Mulligan (6-4, 265) also has a visit with the Rams and the Jets are interested in having him back. With Nate Byham's return from an ACL tear, the 49ers don't appear to have a need here. However, Jim Harbaugh never can have enough tight ends.

• 49ers free agent safety Reggie Smith has drawn interest from the Buccaneers and Dolphins. Shawntae Spencer has visited the Raiders and has another set up today.

One more item: Manning has not given the three teams pursuing him an indication of when he will make a decision. At this point, there's only a sense that it will be made early this week. But it certainly could drag on ... and on ... and on ... just like all big NFL storylines seem to do. (See: Favre, Brett; lockout, NFL).

-- 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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