49ERS CHAT EXCERPTS
Bee staff writer Matthew Barrows hosted a chat Friday about the 49ers, their recent workouts and the NFL lockout. Here are highlights:
B SIZZLE: Any chance of the Niners landing Nnamdi Asomugha?
BARROWS: Let's get this one out of the way early. Yes, I think there's a chance because there's a need at cornerback and because Asomugha already is settled in the Bay Area. But I don't foresee the 49ers getting in a bidding war with the likes of the Cowboys or Redskins or Eagles over him.
JDINSACTOWN: Will Colin Kaepernick be letting loose at Camp Alex Dos?
BARROWS: Si. That will be one of the things to look for next week. Kaepernick yielded to Smith and (David) Carr earlier this month not because because he wasn't familiar with the offense. It will be interesting to see how many reps he gets next week.
CHRIS NY: What is the most interesting non-Alex Smith-related storyline going on right now?
BARROWS: I'm intrigued by wide receiver Kevin Jurovich, who has been Smith's most constant target this offseason.
NATE: Which free agents do you see the 49ers actively pursuing?
BARROWS: Is this Nate Clements asking the question? I think it will depend on whether the 49ers think Clements will agree to a reduced salary. If the answer is no, then I think a starting cornerback must be a target.
GUEST: Takeo Spikes has said on his Twitter that he'd be willing to come back if the Niners are interested. Do you think he'll be re-signed or is Navorro Bowman ready to play?
BARROWS: Spikes had his best year as a member fo the 49ers last season. He was outstanding, and he started all 16 games. Throw in the fact that he's the locker room leader and an excellent mentor/teammate/friend for Patrick Willis, and it's a no-brainer to bring him back.
INDO: Whats the update on the 49ers' stadium plans?
BARROWS: I don't think lenders are too eager to lend until they see the new rules, especially how revenue is divided and how much teams must spend. Also, a new stadium loan program is expected to come from the new CBA. That also will be key in terms of moving the ball down the field.
49ERFANS: How about bringing home wide receiver James Jones?
BARROWS: The 49ers certainly have had plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with him. He's there almost every day at San Jose State. He'd be an excellent addition given his knowledge of the West Coast offense and the fact that he's local. I don't see Green Bay letting him go without a fight, however.
GUEST: Why not bring Terrell Owens back? He's cheap and a little more calmed down. He's a playmaker at 36 and the 49ers need that bad.
BARROWS: From a journalism/story telling standpoint, I'd love that. He's obviously well-versed in the West Coast, and judging from last season, still effective. However, he burned so many bridges when he left San Francisco in 2004 that they are still smoldering seven years later. There are people on the team that would rather swallow a bucket of nails than see Owens in the 49ers locker room again.
Check out a replay of Friday's entire chat.