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March 27, 2012
What the Deuce? 49ers work out ex-Cardinal Lutui


The 49ers lost their starting right guard from 2011, Adam Snyder, to the Cardinals in free agency. Now they are considering replacing him with a former Cardinal, Deuce Lutui. The team worked out Lutui, 28, this week, according to his agent.

Right guard is the one piece of the free-agency puzzle the team has not filled. The intent is to have second-year player Daniel Kilgore compete with a veteran for the starting job. So far the 49ers have looked at Leonard Davis and Geoff Schwartz. Davis is recovering from offseason foot surgery while Schwartz signed last week with the Vikings.

Lutui, meanwhile, was a second-round choice (41st overall) out of USC for Arizona in 2006, and he started all but one game for the Cardinals from 2007-10. Last year the Bengals signed him to a two-year deal. But Lutui, listed at 338 pounds, failed his physical because he was overweight, and the Cardinals ended up taking him back on a one-year contract. He appeared in 15 games last season but did not start any of them.

-- 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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