Montana's son to attend 49ers' minicamp

Published: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 9:20 am

SANTA CLARA – Nate Montana hasn't gotten a contract offer from the 49ers, but he has received an invitation.

Montana, the son of the 49ers' famous quarterback, will attend the team's rookie minicamp May 10-12 on a tryout basis. Montana, a quarterback who played most recently for West Virginia Wesleyan, attended the team's "local" pro day earlier this month. Montana said he figured he wouldn't be drafted but hoped to be offered a free-agent contract.

That's what he and his agent, Marty Magid, are concentrating on now, and their hope is that the 49ers offer him a deal after the minicamp. Magid said other unnamed teams also have shown interest in Montana and that he was trying to secure an invitation for one of the rookie minicamps during the upcoming weekend, May 3-5.

"A couple of teams have asked about him," Magid said. "We'll find out this week."

Montana, 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, was one of 57 players at the 49ers' local pro day April 17. He has had a roundabout college career that took him from Notre Dame to Pasadena City College to Montana and finally to Division II West Virginia Wesleyan, where he played last season.

While the 49ers took Joe Montana in the third round of the 1979 draft, Nate Montana said he hoped to join an NFL team as an undrafted free agent and was eyeing the Canadian Football League or the Arena League if there are no NFL offers.

"Coming back here where my dad played, you've just got to put your head down and make your own name," he said April 17. "It's like a blessing and a curse. You just try to ignore the, 'Oh, that's Joe Montana's son. That's Joe Montana's son.' You just go work and show them that you're a different player from your dad."

The 49ers have three quarterbacks on their roster: Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien. They drafted another, B.J. Daniels, in the seventh round Sunday. Daniels will start out as a quarterback but may get practice repetitions at running back, wide receiver and punt returner, too.

The 49ers have agreed to contract terms with about a dozen undrafted rookies, including British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye and 6-8 tackle Luke Marquardt from Azusa Pacific.

The team also will sign Stanford outside linebacker Alex Debniak, who could be switched to fullback. The 49ers successfully converted another college pass rusher, Bruce Miller, to fullback in 2011.

Read Matthew Barrows' blogs and archives at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers and listen for his reports Tuesdays on ESPN Radio 1320. Follow him on Twitter @mattbarrows.

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