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March 1, 2010
Niners tender two of three restricted free agents

The 49ers tendered one-year contracts to two of their restricted free agents, guard David Baas and linebacker Ahmad Brooks, but will let the third, cornerback Marcus Hudson, test free agency. If another team signs either Baas or Brook to an offer sheet, the 49ers would have seven days to match that contract proposal. If not, they would be compensated by the team that signs them.

Brooks got a second-round tender, which means the 49ers would be compensated with a second-round pick if he signed a deal elsewhere. Baas, meanwhile, got an original tender, meaning the 49ers would be compensated with a second-round choice, the round in which Baas originally was drafted in 2005. Brooks will earn $1.76 million in 2010 should he sign the tender; Baas, a starter at left guard, would earn about $1.2 million. Mike Singletary has said that Brooks will compete with Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson for a starting job at outside linebacker this year, although the three are likely to rotate like they did in the second half of 2009.

Hudson, meanwhile, has been one of the final players to make the 53-man roster the last two seasons. The 49ers mostly have used him on special teams, and he could return to the team depending on other moves they make this offseason.

Remember to brown bag it tomorrow. I'll be hosting a post-combine chat at noon Tuesday, about the time draft crush runners ups Javier Arenas and Earl Thomas will be running the 40. Better luck next time, boys ... Log onto www.sacbee.com/live for the chat.

-- Matt Barrows

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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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