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March 15, 2014
Update: Edelman retained by Patriots; Thurmond mulling options

It probably should come as no surprise that receiver Julian Edelman, who visited the 49ers Friday, reached a deal with the Patriots Saturday. Edelman was Tom Brady's favorite target last season, catching 105 passes for 1,056 yards. He simply had more value to New England than he did the 49ers, who will start Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin at wideout and who only use three wide receivers about 20 percent of the time.

Edelman, who is from the Bay Area, took to Twitter to confirm the deal.

Meanwhile, another receiver who drew the interest of the 49ers, Hakeem Nicks, signed with the Colts on Friday. A third receiver, Steelers free agent Emmanuel Sanders, is visiting the 49ers today. Sanders has multiple suitors, including Kansas City and Jacksonville.

Seattle cornerback Walter Thurmond is weighing his options after visiting with the 49ers Friday. He would be a good fit on the 49ers because he plays the nickel cornerback position and because his loss would hurt their division rivals. Thurmond, however, also has multiple suitors, including Jacksonville, where former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is now the head coach.

-- 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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