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April 10, 2012
Williams to Washington; 49ers no longer brimming with safeties

Madieu Williams, who started three games for the 49ers last year at safety, will sign a deal with the Washington Redskins, according to his agent. Williams visited both Washington and the Atlanta Falcons recently. The 49ers never showed much interest in re-signing the eight-year veteran.

When training camp began a year ago, the 49ers had an abundance of safeties. But Taylor Mays was traded for a 2013 seventh-round pick and Williams and Reggie Smith have left via free agency. Behind starters Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner is special teams ace C.J. Spillman, who re-signed with the team in February.

The 49ers also have Colin Jones, but it's unclear whether the special teamer will be used at safety or wide receiver when training camp begins. Another safety, Mark LeGree, spent some time on the practice squad and is under contract for 2012.

The 49ers used the franchise tag on Goldson, but he has yet to sign it as the team and his agent, theoretically at least, continue to work on a long-term contract. If Goldson signs the franchise offer, he will be a free agent in 2013.

-- 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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