The Chronicle reports that 49ers FA DE Ray McDonald wants to be back with the Niners in 2011.
After spending the past two years as a backup, Ray McDonald wants to be a starter and the signs suggest the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive end will get that opportunity in San Francisco. According to a CSN Bay Area report last month, the Niners will make re-signing McDonald a top priority. The team expects nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, an unrestricted free agent, to sign a lucrative deal elsewhere.
If so, left defensive end Isaac Sopoaga could move to nose tackle, opening up a starting spot for McDonald, a third-round pick in 2007. McDonald got the indication the 49ers thought highly of him based on pre-lockout talks with first-year defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and general manager Trent Baalke. “Before we left there was a good vibe amongst me and the coaching staff and the GM,” McDonald said. “They said they liked the way I played and want me back, so I’m just going off that. I want to be back here. I’m comfortable out here.”