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Why the 49ers like Fred Warner, with or without the Reuben Foster situation

John Lynch dismissed the notion that the 49ers drafted linebacker Fred Warner simply as an insurance policy for Reuben Foster.

San Francisco's general manager discussed the 49ers' draft, the Warriors and Sharks in an interview with Bay Area sports radio station 95.7 The Game on Wednesday morning.

Just past the 11-minute mark of the 13-minute interview, Lynch is asked about Foster's legal situation and how much of a role Warner – a linebacker out of BYU selected in the third round – played into it.

"I think we knew that we better have an answer there," Lynch said, adding that the team also addressed depth at the position through free agency. "Fred Warner probably would have been drafted by us had Reuben not had any situation at all. We wanted to continue to improve at that position, but I think Reuben’s situation probably put even a little more emphasis on, 'We need to find someone there.'

"We're just pleased. We think Fred Warner is a good football player ... we were excited to grab him."

As for Foster, the hearing for his domestic violence case was delayed Monday for a week while prosecutors review video evidence that purportedly suggests he's not responsible for injuries his girlfriend suffered. Charges were filed against Foster on April 12, and despite the woman recanting her story about the linebacker hurting her, the case is ongoing.

The 49ers are being patient as the legal proceedings play out, but have made it clear that Foster will not be with the team if he's found guilty. San Francisco re-signed Brock Coyle and Mark Nzeocha during the offseason and also brought in Korey Toomer from the Los Angeles Chargers.

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