Five teams have called to ask about Ricky Jean Francois, the 49ers' defensive lineman who is scheduled to become a free agent on Tuesday. Jean Francois' agent, Thomas Kleine, declined to say which teams have inquired, but he said they represent teams that run both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses.
He said the 49ers still are interested in re-signing the 26-year-old lineman and that they called at 1:30 a.m. (EDT) to gauge the competition for Jean Francois. The NFL this year is a allowing a 72-hour window in which teams can contact the agents of pending unrestricted free agents like Jean Francois. That window opened at midnight eastern today.
Jean Francois (6-3, 295) can begin visiting teams on Tuesday. He mostly played nose tackle at the beginning of the 2012 season but started two games at right defensive end in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme after Justin Smith suffered a torn triceps Dec. 16. He can play any defensive line position in a 3-4 scheme and presumably is being eyed as a defensive tackle by some 4-3 teams.
The 49ers likely would make an effort to re-sign Isaac Sopoaga, who also is a pending free agent, if they lost Jean Francois. The team also has several younger players, including Ian Williams, Lamar Divens and Tony Jerod-Eddie who can play the position but who have little game-day experience.
The 49ers have not tendered safety Darcel McBath, who is a restricted free agent. If there's no tender by Tuesday, McBath will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The 49ers likely figure that with a glut of free agents and a strong draft class at the position, McBath will be available if they need him.
Meanwhile, the Falcons re-signed William Moore, who would have ben one of the top safeties on the market, to a five-year deal worth about $6 million a year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The 49ers' starter at free safety, Dashon Goldson, has been seeking a deal that averages closer to $8 million a year. He is scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday and will be the top name on the market at the position.
-- Matt Barrows