SANTA CLARA The 49ers welcomed back a familiar face Monday, signing offensive lineman Adam Snyder to a two-year deal.
Snyder, a third-round pick by the 49ers in 2005, was a free agent last year when he signed a five-year, $17 million contract with Arizona. The Cardinals gave up a league-worst 58 sacks in 2012; used their top draft pick in last month's draft on a guard, Jonathan Cooper; and released Snyder last week.
Snyder, 31, can play any position on the offensive line, and his versatility and familiarity with coordinator Greg Roman's offense made him attractive to the 49ers.
Snyder was San Francisco's starting right guard at the end of the 2011 season but will find a much more crowded offensive line this year. The five starting spots seem set with tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, guards Alex Boone and Mike Iupati and center Jonathan Goodwin. Two young players, Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore, back up the interior positions on the line.
Snyder started 13 games for the 49ers in 2011 and played in 107 games (69 starts) for San Francisco over seven seasons. Along with good friends Staley and Alex Smith, Snyder was instrumental in organizing and running the 49ers' player-led workouts during the lockout in 2011.
Rooting for Smith The 49ers will be cheering for Smith and his new team, the Chiefs, to be at least average this season.
Should the Chiefs finish the regular-season 8-8 or better, the 49ers will get Kansas City's second-round pick in 2014 as part of the deal that sent Smith to the Chiefs in March. If Kansas City finishes below .500, the 49ers will get a third-round pick next year.
The trade also included the Chiefs' second-round pick in last month's draft, which the 49ers parlayed into Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine. The 49ers already have 10 picks next year and are expecting one more compensatory selection.
Coach Curry Jim Harbaugh was a lowly offensive assistant on the Raiders in 2002 when Oakland drafted wide receiver Ronald Curry in the seventh round. Now Curry will begin his coaching career at the same level on Harbaugh's 49ers staff.
"The 49ers and our staff are pleased to be initiating Ronald's NFL coaching career," Harbaugh said in a statement. "Our team will greatly benefit from Ronald's athletic experiences, and we are happy that he and his wife, Stacie, are joining our football family."
Curry, 33, played seven years in the NFL, recording 193 receptions for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Raiders. He tore his Achilles' tendon in 2004 and 2005.