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Ray McDonald not interested in being a backup

Ray McDonald has spent his four NFL seasons playing on the 49ers’ defensive line, and he’ll soon become an unrestricted free agent, if players with four years of experience are eligible for unrestricted free agency. And he already knows what he’ll be looking for as a free agent: A chance to start.

McDonald says it won’t be money, but the ability to be in a starting lineup, that will lead him to his new team.

“I know I’m an every-down player, a starter,” McDonald told the Sacramento Bee. “And that’s what I’m looking to do this year. I’m not looking to back up anybody. I’m looking to start this year.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean McDonald wants to leave San Francisco, where he played all 32 games the last two seasons but didn’t start any. But it does mean that if the 49ers want to keep him, it won’t just be about money. It will also be about convincing McDonald that he’ll be atop the depth chart.

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9 Responses to “Ray McDonald not interested in being a backup”
  1. krow101 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:02 AM

    You’ll take the best offer … for the highest dollar … and you’ll do as you’re told. Now shut up.

  2. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:09 AM

    Who’s Ray McDonald?

  3. mattsffrd says: Jun 22, 2011 8:18 AM

    well if Franklin stays he’ll probably leave then. If Franklin walks, I imagine they’ll do all they can to re-sign McDonald and move Soap to NT.

  4. ghostrider25 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    It’d be a shame to lose him. He’s incredibly quick off the snap.

  5. airraid77 says: Jun 22, 2011 12:25 PM

    If somebody thinks he is a starter they have to pay him…….starting equals pay……..

  6. kingjoe1 says: Jun 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    No one cares.

  7. steelersf123 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:21 PM

    Yeah, his stats scream backup. I understand 3-4 DE’s don’t get as many sacks as 4-3 DE’s, but he had NO sacks last year. And, no forced fumbles ever in his career. Maybe he could have a chance to start with a team changing to 3-4, but the Texans don’t need a stater there, and the Panthers are overstacked with small DT’s that are now DE’s. I realize this guy is in his prime and ready to cash in on his first free agency, and props to him for realizing starting is more important than the money. But, who is this guy kidding ….starting 3-4 DE?!? Stay with the 49ers and hope you beat out/move to DT Isaac Sopoaga. That’s your best bet.

  8. dmackali1 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:37 PM

    niners better sign he can become a star these people realize how good he really is look up articles on ray mcdonald he can become a starter

  9. dmackali1 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:43 PM

    copy and paste it then read the article

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