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March 2, 2013
Report: Ex-Eagle Jenkins to visit 49ers Tuesday

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Cullen Jenkins' busy free-agency tour will stop in Santa Clara. The former Packers and Eagles defensive linemen already has visited the Giants and will continue to Seattle (Monday) and Santa Clara (Tuesday) early next week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

The 49ers are eying Jenkins, who turned 32 in January, for depth along a defensive line that saw Justin Smith go down with an injury last season and which could be without soon-to-be free agents Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois in 2013.

Jenkins, 6-2, 305, seems to fit the defensive end/defensive tackle role that Smith and Ray McDonald play for the 49ers. Jenkins had a career-high seven sacks for the Packers in 2010 before moving onto what was billed as Philadelphia's "dream team" the next season. He played in all 16 games and finished with 22 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble in 2012. He was released earlier this week, which allow him to shop himself before the league year and free agency officially begin March 12.

As for Jean Francois and Sopoaga, both appear poised to make it to free agency. Jean Francois, in particular, will be a hot commodity at age 26. The 49ers are hesitant to pay him more than starter McDonald, who signed a five-year, $20 million with $7 million guaranteed in 2011. If Jean Francois departs, the 49ers likely would sweeten their offer to Sopoaga ... if he's still on the market.

-- 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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