Trent Baalke rarely makes big splashes in free agency as the list from last year shows. Safety Antoine Bethea -- who eventually was named the 49ers' MVP -- signed what can be described as a moderate deal. The rest of the additions were league-minimum-type contracts.
The 49ers and Seahawks are two of the teams who have called to inquire about pass rusher Trent Cole, whom the Eagles released on Wednesday, according to a league source. Cole, 32, is visiting with the Buccaneers today and the rest of his free-agent itinerary is in the process of being set up.
Ray McDonald's agent has informed teams that he will be cleared in the police investigation that prompted the 49ers to cut him in December, according to an NFL.com report. However, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office, which is reviewing the matter, said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.
The 49ers today inked long-time nemesis Darnell Dockett, a defensive lineman, to a two-year deal, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reported on Twitter. The ex-Cardinals player met with the 49ers Wednesday, a visit that also included a medical examination of the ACL injury that forced Dockett, 33, to miss all of the 2014 season.
A 49ers team looking for speed at wide receiver will visit Wednesday with one of the fastest free agents available, Ted Ginn Jr., ESPN reported. Ginn, who played last season in Arizona, also met with the Titans and is expected to draw interest from his hometown Cleveland Browns.
The Jarryd Hayne signing was a LeBron-chooses-Miami-size event in Australia that included a packed, mid-afternoon news conference in the nation's largest city, during which Hayne punctuated his choice by donning a red, 49ers baseball cap.
Veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith, who still is contemplating return to the 49ers for his 15th NFL season, will meet with coach Jim Tomsula on Wednesday. The team also plans to talk to veteran Darnell Dockett, who was recently released by the Cardinals.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.