Saturday Niners Tidbits

According to Pro Football Weekly’s valuable “Whispers” column, the Niners are so desperate for wide receiver help, even after the Isaac Bruce signing, that they are considering bring back Antonio Bryant. However, the volatile receiver would have to prove to the Niners brass that he will be accountable for his actions and that he can coexist with quarterback Alex Smith…

Head coach Mike Nolan had this to say about Tully Banta-Cain, one of the Niners’ prominent free agents from last offseason: “Tully got better as the year went along, as our defense did, because we added about six new guys to the roster. Some of it was getting familiar with the scheme. Tully was one of those players, and as the year went along, he got better and better. His strength is in the pass-rush area, and whether he got sacks, he still gave us pressure.”…

ESPN.com’s Todd McShay picked James Hardy for the Niners in his most recent mock draft. Here is his explanation: “The 49ers need a playmaker at wide receiver to take the attention away from TE Vernon Davis and pressure off QB Alex Smith. Hardy comes with some baggage and he needs some polishing, but no receiver in this class possesses a more imposing combination of size and natural athleticism.”…

After the almost two days of free agency, here is the Niners’ haul: QB Shaun Hill, LB Roderick Green and DT Isaac Sopoaga return. QB J.T. O’Sullivan, RB DeShaun Foster, WR Isaac Bruce, “CB” Allen Rossum, LB Dontarrious Thomas and DE Justin Smith become branded with the SF on their helmets.
The Niners are definitely more active than general manager Scott McCloughan had said they would be.

The only new impact player seems to be Smith. The rest solve depth issues, with Bruce potentially becoming an impact player. More indepth coverage will be done once the main portion of the free agency period is concluded.

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