Paraag Marathe must have a big vacation planned for mid-July. The 49ers' chief negotiator just signed another draft pick, sixth rounder Bear Pascoe, to a four-year deal. Pascoe, a prolific pass catcher at Fresno State, will step into the role of blocking tight end this season.
Most teams begin signing their draft picks in June and finish up the task as players are reporting for training camp in July. The 49ers already have four players signed to four-year deals : Pascoe, fifth rounder Scott McKillop and seventh rounders Curtis Taylor and Ricky Jean-Francois. Those who have yet to sign are first-round pick Michael Crabtree, third-round pick Glen Coffee and fifth-round pick Nate Davis.
At Fresno State in 2008 Pascoe started 12 games and recorded 40 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career year in 2007, catching 45 passes for 553 yards and four touchdowns in 12 starts. Pascoe started 12 games in 2006, finishing with 22 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns. As a redshirt freshman, he played in 13 games and caught five passes for 34 yards. After being recruited as a quarterback out of high school, Pascoe made the switch to tight end and redshirted as a true freshman.
-- Matt Barrows