***UPDATE*** Becht has decided to re-sign with the Cardinals, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $950,000. Hmmm, what does that say in regard to his first response (below)?
On Monday tight end Anthony Becht visited the Raiders. On Tuesday the 10-year veteran drove down Highway 880 to talk to Mike Singletary and the 49ers. So far, Becht said, those two teams and his former one - the Cardinals - have shown the most interest. Becht stands 6-6 and weighs 270. He's nearly as big as an offensive lineman and blocking is his forte. Becht did not meet with GM Scot McCloughan, who was in Norman, Okla. Tuesday ostensibly to scout offensive tackle Trent Williams (and to talk shop with the other 30 team officials in attendance). Here's what Becht had to say during a brief meet and greet with reporters.
What are you looking for at this point in your career?
AB: Well, obviously winning is important. Where a team is as far as getting to that and what steps they're taking to improve. Winning games is a very important part of this whole thing, and obviously with Arizona - they've had a nice run. They're doing a good job. It's an excellent place for me to be. Oakland's trying to turn the page and do the things they're doing. Being here, obviously San Fran's on the same route of improving their team.
What are your thoughts about the 49ers having been on the opposing team?
AB: They're improving. They're an aggressive team. Obviously coach Singletary brings that attitude and it translates well for their players on the field. And they're definitely up and coming and taking the proper steps to getting their team where it needs to be. I think that they're going to have success and coach Singletary will do a good job for them.
What would your role be if you were to sign with the 49ers?
AB: Obviously the need is for a blocking tight end. That's what my skill set it. I can still catch. I can still run and do all those things. But (I'd) bring a dominating attitude to the edge and get the running game sparked and maybe give a little leeway to the other tight ends. We'll see. Like I said, I'm just enjoying the process and we'll see how it goes.
-- Matt Barrows