SANTA CLARA General manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday there are no hard feelings between him and former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams despite an audio recording of Williams targeting specific 49ers players a day before the teams met in a January divisional playoff game.
Baalke said he called Williams earlier this month after the audio was released. Williams, who had been hired by the St. Louis Rams in the offseason, has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the bounty case against the Saints.
"I worked with Gregg," Baalke said. "And Gregg's a friend, always been a friend. It was only fitting that you reach out and speak with him, and I felt very good about the conversation."
Baalke was part of the Redskins' scouting staff when Williams was the defensive coordinator in Washington. Carlos Rogers, a cornerback on some of those Redskins squads, also has come to Williams' defense.
In the audio, Williams discusses hitting specific 49ers such as quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis. He also targets specific body parts, such as Gore's head, Crabtree's knee ligaments and Davis' ankles.
Said Baalke of Williams: "I don't view him any differently today than I did 20 days ago."
Near-perfect attendance Baalke said about 60 players arrived this week for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. That group includes new signees Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs, as well as Crabtree.
It does not include wide receiver Randy Moss, safety Dashon Goldson or Gore. Goldson has yet to sign his franchise-tag tender, while Gore traditionally works out in his native Miami.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said that he and Moss decided the 13-year veteran would arrive April 30. In fact, it was Harbaugh who suggested that Moss spend time with his family until that date.
"He's got them to take care of and I understand that," Harbaugh said. "He can work out there just as easy as he can work out here over these two weeks."
Who's No. 1? The 49ers have not talked to their four quarterbacks about the pecking order at the position. But newcomer Josh Johnson said the player at the top of the depth chart is apparent.
"Obviously, Alex (Smith) is the starter. He deserves it," Johnson said.
Johnson, who signed a one-year contract last month, said that he and the others began meeting this week with coaches, including Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst.
As for Smith's role as the starter, Johnson said it's just "common sense. It's how the industry works. Why wouldn't he be? He went to the NFC Championship last year."
Hornets sighting The 49ers' so-called local pro day included three former Sacramento State players: wideout John Hendershott, safety Joseph Larche and wideout Brandyn Reed.
"It was a great experience to put on an NFL jersey," said Hendershott, who said he's looking to play at the next level whether it's in the NFL, Canadian Football League or Arena Football League. "The 49ers have been my favorite team since I was a child."