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The Pro Football Talk Rumor Mill reports that Adam Snyder may get the start over Justin Smiley.
From Pro Football Talk:
The San Francisco 49ers gradually are shifting away from players added to the team during Terry Donahue's tenure as G.M., a league source tells us.
The latest example? We're told that 2005 third-round selection Adam Snyder, an offensive guard, would start in front of 2004 second-rounder Justin Smiley, if the season were to begin today.
Donahue served as General Manager through 2004. He was fired on the same day as former coach Dennis Erickson in January 2005.
Smiley is signed through 2007, at salaries of $425,000 and $460,000 over the next two seasons. His tenuous status in San Fran already is prompting speculation that he might be available via trade.
The reliability of Pro Football Talk's Rumor Mill has been hit and miss in the past. Of course, that's why it is called the Rumor Mill.