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April 24, 2010
Niners land free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount

Teams are burning up the phone lines trying to land what they call priority free agents -- talented players who went undrafted over the last three days. The 49ers already have landed a whopper, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who was famously suspended for three months this past season after striking a Boise State player following a Ducks' loss the opening week.

Blount's troubles overshadowed his production. A big, physical back at 241 pounds, he ran for more than 1,000 yards the previous season and scored 17 touchdowns that season. It certainly is odd that Blount, one of the more sought-after free agents, would choose to come to San Francisco after the 49ers used a draft pick on Mississippi State's Anthony Dixon. But it fits a pattern for the 49ers. Last year they brought in Alex Boone and Kory Sheets, two talented players with character concerns that kept them from being drafted in 2009.

* The 49ers have a deal with LeRoy Vann, a cornerback-punt returner from Florida A&M. Vann has returned eight punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns. He was one of the players Mike Singletary scouted at A&M's pro day in March.

Agents also have confirmed contracts for:

* Patrick Stoudamire a cornerback from Western Illinois.

* Chris Maragos, a free safety from Wisconsin.

* Jarrett Brown, a quarterback from West Virginia.

* Jared Perry, wide receiver from Missouri.

* Shay Hodge, a wide receiver from Ole Miss

* Scott Long, a wide receiver from Louisville

I'll add more names to this thread as they become available ...

-- 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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