Notes: Even after visit with 'Saints,' Asomugha remains on 49ers' radar

Notes: Even after visit with 'Saints,' Asomugha remains on 49ers' radar
March 18, 2013, 6:45 am
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The Times-Picayune has since reported that both Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis met with Asomugha before leaving for Arizona. (AP)

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PHOENIX -- The 49ers are believed to be a strong possibility for free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, even after he paid an intriguing visit Sunday to the New Orleans Saints.

All indications are that the only person with whom Asomugha met was the one person he already knew best.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Asomugha, who made the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons while with the Raiders, did not meet with Saints coach Sean Payton or general manager Mickey Loomis. Both men were already at the NFL Annual Meeting. UPDATE: The Times-Picayune has since reported that both Payton and Loomis met with Asomugha before leaving for Arizona.

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Asomugha met Sunday with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who served as Raiders defensive coordinator for five seasons while Asomugha was with the club. Kristian Garic, the Saints sideline reporter on WWL radio, reported Asomugha and Ryan were spotted having lunch Sunday at a restaurant near the Saints practice facility.

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In other 49ers-related notes from the first day of the NFL Annual Meeting . . .

--Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis took an unsolicited swipe at the 49ers' decision to play wide receiver Randy Moss last season in comments to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Lewis responded to a Cincinnati columnist's suggestion that the Bengals need to add a veteran wide receiver.

"That's the uneducated putting dumb thoughts in people's minds," Lewis said. "It's why you have an opportunity to go after these guys and go get these guys. So you continue to make your team better. You are not a positive in making your team better when you keep adding old guys. What did Randy Moss do for those guys (the 49ers) last year? He did nothing. He got in the way of a younger player performing."

Moss played 40.4 percent of he 49ers' offensive snaps last season. He caught just 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns. The younger player to whom Lewis was referring is likely first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, who played just 35 snaps during the entire regular season and did not catch a pass.

--The 49ers do not figure to re-sign veteran wide receiver/return man Ted Ginn. The Bengals had a visit on Thursday with Ginn and quarterback Josh Johnson, who was among the 49ers' final cuts last summer. The Bengals apparently have interest in Ginn, an Ohio native.

"He had a good visit for us to get some things done and take a look at him physically and have our coaches meet with him and see if he is the right fit for us," Lewis said. "I think there are some things he can add to us. He would like to be closer to home. There are some positives to it."

--Coach Jim Harbaugh had a good visit with free agent safety Louis Delmas last week. The only problem is that the Detroit Lions put a higher dollar value on Delmas' services, Harbaugh told the Lions' official website.

"I really liked him," Harbaugh said of Delmas. "I spent some time with him. I really enjoyed being around him. He knows football. He knows the game. I can see the guy becoming a heck of a coach. Detroit offered more and got him back."

Delmas signed a reported two-year, $9.465 million contract to return to the Lions. The 49ers, meanwhile, signed former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl to a three-year, $5 million contract with $800,000 to sign.

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Harbaugh told that Dahl is a strong option to start in place of Dashon Goldson, who left the 49ers for a contract that averages $8.25 million over five years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Said Harbaugh of Dahl, "(I) certainly think he has the license and ability to be a starter, yes."

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