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Report: Ray McDonald’s agent tells teams client will be cleared

Ray McDonald, shown here sacking Washington quarterback Robert Griffin Jr., became a free agent when the 49ers released him in December.
Ray McDonald, shown here sacking Washington quarterback Robert Griffin Jr., became a free agent when the 49ers released him in December. The Bee

Ray McDonald's agent has informed teams that he will be cleared in the police investigation that prompted the 49ers to cut him in December, according to an NFL.com report. However, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office, which is reviewing the matter, said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.

"The District Attorney's office has made no decision on the most recent Ray McDonald matter," according to a statement. "When the investigation is complete, this office will release our findings publicly or through publicly filed charges."

McDonald has not been arrested or charged in the investigation, which began in December when a woman told police she "possibly" was sexually assaulted by McDonald in his San Jose home. McDonald also was the subject of a domestic violence case in August involving his then-fiancee, but no charges ultimately were filed in that matter.

In December, the 49ers released McDonald for what they said was a pattern of poor decision making. The NFL.com report says that agent Tom Condon notified teams that McDonald's attorney has been informed that no charges will be filed against McDonald. The 30-year-old defensive end could face discipline from the league even if he is cleared of criminal charges.

The 49ers on Thursday signed another veteran defensive end, Darnell Dockett, to a two-year deal.

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