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Niners Give Tenders to DE McDonald, LB Lawson and FS Goldson

Matt Maiocco of reports that the 49ers have tendered offers to impending free agents DE Ray McDonald, LB Manny Lawson and FS Dashon Goldson. Terms of the offers were not disclosed.

A fourth scheduled free agent who falls into the category, quarterback Troy Smith, has yet to receive a tender. Indications are that 49ers have decided not to retain Troy Smith, who started six games for the club last season. New head coach Jim Harbaugh values accuracy in his quarterbacks and that is not Smith’s forte.

The contract tenders are contingent on the new collective bargaining agreement. By placing an RFA tender on a player, it could give the 49ers the right of first refusal if a player signs with another team. It might also provide draft-pick compensation if the team declines to match the offer. With a new CBA, Lawson is seemingly assured to be an unrestricted free agent with five years of service.

The 49ers placed the tender on Lawson as a formality, in case a CBA impasse means the rules of 2010 roll over into this season. However, four-year pros Goldson and McDonald could be restricted from the open free-agent market.

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