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January 11, 2010
Singletary to interview April on Tuesday

Coach Mike Singletary will meet with Bobby April tomorrow in Orlando to discuss the 49ers' vacancy at special teams coordinator, according to a league source. April, who opted out of his deal with the Buffalo Bills, is perhaps the most coveted special teams coordinator available. He already has interviewed with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin about Pittsburgh's opening, and he has been linked to an opening with the Redskins as well. April has been special teams coordinator of the Steelers ('94-'95), Saints ('96-'99), Rams ('01-'03) and the Bills ('04-'09).

Singletary will be in Orlando for the annual American Football Coaches Association meeting. He and former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy will be guest speakers. Singletary already has interviewed one candidate for the special teams opening, Larry Mac Duff, who ran the 49ers' special teams from 2003-2006. Al Everest took over from Mac Duff in 2007 but Singletary declined to renew Everest's contract.

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The 49ers signed another practice squadder, tight end Joe Jon Finley, to a futures contract. Finley essentially beat out Bear Pascoe, a sixth-round pick, to land a spot on the practice squad in the offseason. Coaches felt more confident in Finley should something have happened to either Vernon Davis or Delanie Walker. Given the importance of the tight end in the 49ers' offense, look for them to acquire a tight end who can block in the offseason.

-- Matt Barrows

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MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt 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 Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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