Mid-day 49ers free agency update

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Mid-day 49ers free agency update

This is a 49ers blog, so we provide this update on the first day of full action from the NCAA Tournament:New Mexico Lobos 75, Long Beach State 49ers 68.OK, now let's move on to football matters . . . Quarterback Alex Smith and the 49ers still have not come together to execute the document on a new contract. But despite the delay, I sense no less certainty from either side that a deal will eventually get done. . . . New York Giants unrestricted free agent Mario Manningham visited the 49ers on Thursday. Chaz Schilens and Brandon Lloyd, separate sources confirmed, came through the building earlier in the week. . . .One receiver who has not gotten much attention -- and somebody I think would be a good pickup for the 49ers -- is Arizona free agent Early Doucet. He caught 54 passes with the Cardinals, and he is not afraid to mix it up. (Remember his tussle with 49ers safety Dashon Goldson?). Doucet's agent is Chafie Fields, a 49ers draft pick from 2000.Here's a status report on some of the top free-agent receivers (2011 catches, yards, touchdowns in parenthesis):Unrestricted
Marques Colston, NO (80-1143-8) Re-signed with Saints
Reggie Wayne, Ind (75-960-4) Re-signed with Colts
Brandon Lloyd, StL (70-966-5) 49ers are his only reported visit
Pierre Garcon, Ind (70-947-6) Signed with Redskins
Vincent Jackson, SD (60-1106-9) Signed with Buccaneers
Laurent Robinson, Dall (54-858-11) Signed with Jaguars
Early Doucet, Ariz (54-689-5) No known visits
Robert Meachem, NO (40-620-6) Signed with Chargers
Mario Manningham, NYG (39-523-4) Visited 49ers, and is scheduled to visit the Rams on Thursday night, Yahoo! Sports reported. He is also drawing reported interest from Bills, Dolphins.
Harry Douglas, Atl (39-498-1) Re-signed with Falcons
Eddie Royal, Den (19-155-1) Visits to Redskins, Chargers
Ted Ginn, 49ers (19-220-0) Visited Lions
Joshua Morgan, 49ers (15-220-1) Signed with Redskins
Restricted
Mike Wallace, Pitt (72-1193-8) No hurry, has until April 20 to sign offer sheet with first-round pick as compensation.

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

PHOENIX – Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was the first of the 49ers’ 30 pre-draft visits to the team’s Santa Clara facility.

Team general manager John Lynch said the club has already met with Foster, an expected first-round draft pick and the likely top inside linebacker available in the draft.

“We brought in Reuben Foster,” Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He came in, and we had a nice visit with him.”

Foster (6 foot, 229 pounds) was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Foster had a controversial trip to the NFL scouting combine. He was sent home after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”