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April 3, 2012
Report: 49ers to host another free-agent guard

Add former Ram and Raven Jason Brown to the list of veteran guards the 49ers will look at for their vacancy on the right side of the offensive line. Adam Caplan reports that Brown will visit the 49ers this weekend.

If the 49ers' overall free-agent approach is to slow-play the market, that has been doubly true for right guard. At least three guards, including Leonard Davis, Geoff Schwartz and Deuce Lutui already have visited. Schwartz, the youngest of that group, signed with the Vikings. The 49ers' intent is to have a veteran compete with second-year player Daniel Kilgore for the starting job this summer.

Unlike the other veterans, Brown also has extensive experience at center. Last year's starter at right guard, Adam Snyder, was the 49ers' backup center, and it's not clear who will fill that role in 2012.

Last year Brown, 28, started eight games for the Rams at center, four at left guard and two at right guard. But he was benched for two games, and St. Louis released him on March 12.

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Meet the new uniforms, same as the old uniforms? The new 49ers duds by Nike look an awful lot like last year's unis to me, but some of you guys and gals pay closer attention to that stuff than me. (See: Alex Smith's facemask, Aug. 2011). The guys at 49ers Webzone have assembled some pictures, including a few of Smith in his No. 11.

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If it seems as if I'm being lazy this week, I am. I'm taking a workation on the coast of Maine. My sister bought a house, and I'm helping her set it up. If you need an Ikea bed (Malm) assembled, I'm your man. Also I'm in possession of several dozen Allen wrenches.

-- 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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