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March 15, 2013
Former teammate hints of Bay Area reunion for Woodson, Asomugha

A former Raiders teammate of Nnamdi Asomugha and Charles Woodson is hinting strongly of a Bay Area reunion.

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, who played alongside Asomugha and Woodson in Oakland from 2003-04 and who now works for the NFL Network, tweeted early Friday that the 49ers are in "serious discussion" with both players. Woodson met with Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers on Wednesday; Asomugha arrived Thursday afternoon.

San Francisco is looking at Woodson, 36, as a 2013 replacement for free safety Dashon Goldson, who signed a five-year deal with Tampa Bay earlier this week. Harbaugh on Thursday said the two sides had a good meeting - Harbaugh and Woodson, both University of Michigan products, have hosted a charity golf outing together - and that the team was "still evaluating" the veteran defensive back.

Meanwhile, Woodson's agent, Carl Poston, said Thursday the two sides hadn't begun negotiating. "I really don't know," Poston said when asked about a timeline on 95.7 The Game. "I have not talked to the 49ers yet. I know they are entertaining a couple other guys coming in. Probably this weekend, or at some point, they're going to make a decision as to which direction they really want to go."

The 49ers also hosted free-agent safety Louis Delmas, and there's still a possibility they will host Ravens free-agent safety Ed Reed.

As for Asomugha, 31, he had a physical Thursday night at Stanford Hospital. The 49ers are looking for a bigger-bodied cornerback who can match up with some of the receivers - Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones, for example - who have given them problems in the past. Asomugha's best days have come in the Bay Area, first at Cal and then in Oakland.

And he probably wouldn't mind reuniting in the secondary with Woodson. Woodson was a four-year veteran at cornerback when the Raiders drafted Asomugha 31st overall in 2002.

-- 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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