Dorsey ready to compete for spot on D-line

Dorsey ready to compete for spot on D-line
March 13, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Glenn Dorsey signed a two-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday. (49ers.com)

The 49ers announced the signing of defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract on Wednesday. The deal can be worth as much as $7 million with incentives, the AP reported.

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Dorsey is expected to take the spot vacated by nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga's departure to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. Backup nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois is scheduled to visit the Indianapolis Colts after spending Wednesday with the Eagles.

Dorsey, the No. 5 overall pick from LSU in the 2008 draft, took part in a conference call with Bay Area reporters Wednesday evening. He said when he got the call from his agent, Joel Segal, that the 49ers were interested, he was excited to get to the Bay Area and check things out.

"Just the way they play, their passion for the game and the success they had," Dorsey said. "Everybody can see they have a winning formula."

Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula greeted Dorsey up at the airport Tuesday night.

"He has a lot of energy," Dorsey said. "He's a great guy. He picked me up at airport and he was talking 100 mph. We talked about a lot of stuff. I'm excited to get an opportunity work with him."

Dorsey visited the 49ers training complex in Santa Clara on Wednesday. He met some of his new teammates, including Justin Smith.

"It's a positive atmosphere," Dorsey said. "Everybody is working hard and talking to each other. And you can feel it when you walk into the building. It's like a big family. Everybody is high-fiving each other, talking to each other. It's a different environment than what I'm used to. I'm excited about it and I'm excited to get going."

Dorsey was 6-foot-1, 297 pounds when he came out of college. That is still his listed weight. Although he appears considerably bigger, Dorsey said he is still close to 300 pounds.

While the most likely fit for Dorsey is at nose tackle, where he is expected to replace Sopoaga, the lineman said he is fine with whatever position the 49ers decide to use him.

"I'm OK with anything," he said. "Whatever coach wants me to do. I knew coming in here, I could play anywhere. So wherever they see fit and I'll try my best at that position."

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