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Wide receiver Antonio Bryant is currently visiting Santa Clara and may be interested in joining the team. He will likely visit with the 49ers on Sunday.
Bryant spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns and was drafted in 2002 by the Dallas Cowboys. Known throughout his career as a troubled player, Nolan and the team may be willing to take a risk on him. Statistically, last season was his best year when he amassed 1009 yards receiving on 69 catches with 4 touchdowns.
Bryant may be able to improve a weak 49ers receiving group.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the team is interested in Antwaan Randle El. Randle El has spent the past 4 seasons in Pittsburgh and has 2012 total career yards and 7 touchdowns on 162 catches.
This would help the team since they traded wide receiver Brandon Lloyd today to the Washington Redskins. The 49ers received a 3rd round pick in 2006 and a 4th round pick in 2007.
The team is also interested in acquiring another Pittsburgh Steeler, safety Chris Hope.
According to the Boston Herald, the San Francisco 49ers have spoken with wide receiver David Givens' agent regarding the possible signing of the former New England Patriot. However, the Houston Chronicle reports that Givens has cancelled a scheduled visit with the Houston Texans and decided to re-sign with the Patriots.
Lloyd was not popular with the 49ers defense
Brandon Lloyd had angered many players on the 49ers. The following is from the San Francisco Chronicle:
Defensive players particularly found him unsavory and a few of the defensive leaders, during a meeting between Nolan and selected veterans, told Nolan the locker room would be better off without Lloyd. Lloyd also alienated teammates when he refused to take any blame after backing off a pass at the goal line in the 17-9 loss to the Bears in Chicago in November. Lloyd repeatedly said quarterback Cody Pickett "threw the ball too early."
Other 49ers news
The 49ers had also hoped to sign former Seattle Seahawks receiver Joe Jurevicius. However, he signed with Cleveland today.
The Redskins are also pursuing 49ers linebacker Andre Carter and he visited with the team today. Word is that the Redskins may be close to a deal with Carter and that he spent today with the team owner and other available free agents. While the Redskins have admitted to be interested in linebacker Julian Peterson as well, according to the Washington Post, they have stated that they will not be a major player in the race to sign the free agent.