According to a SF Chronicle article Bryant Young is pleased with the progress the 49ers (7-9) made, defensive tackle Bryant Young said he definitely wants to return for the 2007 season.

"I feel healthy and that was key for me, to get through the entire season healthy,'' said Young, the longest-tenured 49er who turns 35 on Jan. 27. "And I like what we did in the offseason, there is a lot to build on. And with the type of guys that we bring in, it's only going to get better.''

The final two years of Young's contract voided after this season because he reached certain playing time incentives.

Young, who was a first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 1994, believes the 49ers are on track to make the playoffs next season.

"I feel that, definitely. We're headed in the right direction with this franchise,'' he said. "And I want to be a part of that.''

Young was hit in the helmet making a tackle in the second half and walked off the field a bit woozy as he was helped by trainers. He returned to the game but was feeling the effects afterward.

"I'm a little foggy right now,'' Young said. "If I say something off the wall, pardon me.''

He didn't, and now will have the offseason to recover.