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Niners sign Brett Swain

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The 49ers held a Gong Show workout for receivers on Tuesday, and a former member of the defending Super Bowl champions won the check for $516.32.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Niners signed former Packers wideout Brett Swain.

Swain beat out T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Chris Chambers, Brian Finneran, Joe Hastings, and John Matthews for the job.

Swain appeared in all 20 games last year for the Packers, catching six passes for 72 yards.  He also started a Sunday night game against the Patriots.

The addition of Swain was necessitated by the loss of Josh Morgan in garbage time of Sunday’s 48-3 win over the Buccaneers.

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  1. trbowman says: Oct 11, 2011 6:05 PM

    TJ and Chris, this is your career – and this is the fork.

  2. tatum064 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:06 PM

    Wow, how far have T.J. Housmandzadeh and Chris Chambers fallen? I get the “Gong Show” reference , too. them losing Josh Morgan to some garbage time plays was equally puzzling and strange.

  3. orangeflh says: Oct 11, 2011 6:08 PM

    Swain will be a good addition for the Niners. He seems to have a lot of potential, just got caught up in the numbers with the Pack. There are just too many great receivers in Green Bay.

  4. nineroutsider says: Oct 11, 2011 6:12 PM

    Who? I guess they are starting some advanced scouting on the Packers…

  5. Nevis says: Oct 11, 2011 6:20 PM

    Never heard of him, but in Harbaugh I trust.

    He was criticized for some of his draft picks, but with the exception of a late rounder, they have all done extremely well (Hunter, Aldon Smith, Culliver, etc.)

    He was criticized for having a “quiet” FA period. Carlos Rogers might be the best FA signing of the year and their 4-1 record shows no sign of roster deficiency.

    Bottom line, as of now, Harbaugh and his staff cannot be questioned.

  6. ninersforlife15 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:25 PM

    T.J.’s career has been over for a while. If the 49ers signed him I would of been pissed. Josh Morgan on one good foot is better than T.J. ever was. It would of been a waste of money to sign him. I like Swain out of those group of recievers that tried out.

  7. severs28 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:35 PM

    As a Lions fan I’m terrified.

  8. rogeliocgb says: Oct 11, 2011 6:41 PM

    WOW… big names looking for a job…. T.O. is not alone after all.

  9. garyman1 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:46 PM

    Swain was a decent special teams player at Green Bay and as previous posts pointed out, got caught up in the numbers game with the Packer receiving corp. Once the Pack drafted Cobb, his days were numbered. He’s not half bad.

  10. trabovski says: Oct 11, 2011 6:54 PM

    I love how Lions fans are coming out of the woodwork with confidence.

  11. needateam says: Oct 11, 2011 6:58 PM

    Off the subject, but, does anyone know where there is a list of people who have “auditioned” at teams around the league? Anyone?

  12. cytofed says: Oct 11, 2011 7:04 PM

    Relax, losing Morgan might be the 49ers biggest win. Morgan is a great player and will be missed on the field. But did anyone see the comraderie when Morgan went down with the way that Davis carried him off the field? This is just the begin of something special, something that the two mikes was not able to put together last 7 years. In Harbaugh we trust!

  13. mjjoe76 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    Swain didn’t make a big impact on the field for GB, but by all accounts he is a classy guy. Good to see him land somewhere. Hope he does well in San Francisco.

  14. phelbin says: Oct 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    One of Morgan’s greatest strengths is as a run blocker, which I really didn’t see Housh doing much of. Does anyone know how Brett Swain does in this aspect?

  15. sonoco says: Oct 11, 2011 7:34 PM

    severs28 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:35 PM

    As a Lions fan I’m terrified.

    **************************************

    You should be more terrified of how average the Lion offense has looked against good 3-4 defenses under Linehan. See ya’ll Sunday.

  16. nineroutsider says: Oct 11, 2011 7:39 PM

    Not sure what this guys is about, but if Harbaugh likes him it is all good…everything he touches turns to gold.

    Detroit fan – glad we got your opinion on the subject. I’d be more worried about Smith, Willis, Bowman, Brooks, Haralson, A. Smith, or McDonald breaking your china doll…

  17. severs28 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:56 PM

    Alex Smith is your quarterback. I am not concerned.

  18. romoscollarbone says: Oct 11, 2011 7:58 PM

    Great QBs (Rodgers) make marginal WRs (Swain) look better than reality. Swain is a gamer and good ST player, but there is a reason he wasn’t on an NFL roster.

  19. severs28 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:58 PM

    BTW, I love how all the 49er fans are coming out of the woodwork with confidence. Why exactly should Lions fans not be at least as confident as 49er fans?

  20. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Oct 11, 2011 8:07 PM

    TJ is wondering why if this guy is rated higher than him in Madden

  21. ccous says: Oct 11, 2011 8:30 PM

    good for him!

  22. scudbot says: Oct 11, 2011 8:48 PM

    If the 49ers want to build a solid team for now and for the future with a decent locker room culture, Swain is a way better pickup than Braylon Edwards.

  23. savannahrose44 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:49 PM

    “Swain beat out T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Chris Chambers, Brian Finneran, Joe Hastings, and John Matthews for the job.”

    How many teams is T.J. Houshmandzadeh going to have to be rejected by before he realizes he’s done?

  24. tangysizzl says: Oct 11, 2011 9:08 PM

    Well the 9ers just improved their special teams at the very least and probally found a pretty good WR to boot.

    Swain is now in his 3rd year and thats when WRs tend to breakout. If not for the re-signing of James Jones and the drafting of Cobb, Swain might still be a Packer though they did have like 8 or 9 pretty good WR options in camp this year.

    Good luck Brett, stay healthy and have a good rest of the season.

  25. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 11, 2011 9:09 PM

    @savannahrose44 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:49 PM

    “How many teams is T.J. Houshmandzadeh going to have to be rejected by before he realizes he’s done?”

    Roughly 30, I think.

  26. pappysarcasm says: Oct 11, 2011 9:14 PM

    severs28 says:

    BTW, I love how all the 49er fans are coming out of the woodwork with confidence. Why exactly should Lions fans not be at least as confident as 49er fans?

    LOL….because were talking about the LIONS! LOL

  27. forever8young says: Oct 11, 2011 9:22 PM

    It’s gonna be a barnburner up there in Detroit.

    May the best car, er…team, win.

  28. discosucs2005 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:28 PM

    I’ve read from two different people (albeit both commenters) that Swain is a really good special teams player. I’m guessing this is why he beat out the bigger names. Neither Morgan nor Braylon Edwards is expected to miss significant time (last I heard at least) so Swain will probably either be a special teamer giving one of the other WRs time to commit to the WR position completely, or move back into special teams once Morgan or Edwards are back.

  29. therhino44 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:42 PM

    C’mon Lions fans….really? You want to talk trash after one quarter of a good season???? You’re team has been in the same situation as our team the last ten years. Theres just one difference……we have 5 super bowls plus countless division championships and playoff appearances. Is this how you’re going to act if you make the post season? I’d expect that from Cowboy fans.

  30. bmfwest says: Oct 11, 2011 10:00 PM

    I’ve read from two different people (albeit both commenters) that Swain is a really good special teams player. I’m guessing this is why he beat out the bigger names. Neither Morgan nor Braylon Edwards is expected to miss significant time (last I heard at least) so Swain will probably either be a special teamer giving one of the other WRs time to commit to the WR position completely, or move back into special teams once Morgan or Edwards are back.
    ——————————————————–
    dear discosucs2005,

    Morgan is gone for the year. It remains to be seen if he will ever run fast enough to play in the NFL again.

  31. judsonjr says: Oct 11, 2011 10:06 PM

    Not a bad signing. He was a solid ST guy (3 tackles in the Superbowl).

    Didn’t really get much of a chance at WR, think most of his snaps came when they went 4 or 5 wide and they didn’t really look his way then. He had a key drop in the Superbowl, but I don’t recall him being terrible by any means.

  32. fasteddy415 says: Oct 11, 2011 10:09 PM

    Exactly what I expected harbaugh/balke would do. Pick up a low level name from the scrap heap. Bump up the wr depth a notch and slide swain at # 4 till Edwards gets back. The smart thing – they picked up a guy who is useful and will make the special teams more solidified than it alread is.

    Here is the kicker – To account for the loss of Morgan – Harbaugh will use Vernon Davis and Walker as hybrid’s wr/te – the niners have TE than can catch and run better than a lot of WR in the NFL – so thats how to gonna play it out for a week and hope Edwards is back by end of month.

    Morgan a huge loss – but niners have talent to fill the void.

  33. blueintown says: Oct 11, 2011 10:12 PM

    Stop looking at me, Swain.

  34. jeffe43 says: Oct 11, 2011 10:23 PM

    Swain is a Special Teams signing. Next man up is Ginn then Kyle Williams. The Lions will have their hands full with Crabtree, Ginn, Walker and Davis. Not to mention Gore and Hunter. Congrats Detroit, good start at 5-0, we’ll see you at 5-1. Then who knows, maybe again later this season.

  35. sf49erguy says: Oct 11, 2011 10:41 PM

    Lol @ the Lions… Barry Sanders will do a less than inspiring opening for them on mnf but retired rather than have to keep playing for them… I can’t wait until week 15 mnf to see real legends & winners introduce a proud franchise.. Not a flash in the pan..btw Stafford won’t finish the season.. too fragile….

  36. pantherpro says: Oct 11, 2011 10:45 PM

    Hey Detroit two years ago you were drawing 30,000 and your roar was weak. After ten years of sucking and high draft picks you are now decent. We have five rings bitch and you have a dump of a city. Let’s hope your baseball team doesnt gag! Oh ya we are world champs there too!

  37. cosanostra71 says: Oct 11, 2011 10:46 PM

    TJ Houshmanzadeh and Chris Chambers tried out? What happened? We couldn’t get Joey Galloway in?

  38. travisblink619 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:16 PM

    I have a really good feeling that with the loss of Morgan (hopefully not 4eva), people are going to learn the name Kyle Williams real quick. Brett Swain will make a decent number four in the interim, but by end of month will bring back Edwards. This should give the Niners formidable weapons at all the skill positions.

    I have a good feeling about 5-1, for the Niners and the Lions.

  39. bpup33 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:29 PM

    Haha! Beaten out by Stokley in NY and Swainn in SF = CAREER OVER!!

  40. m2karateman says: Oct 11, 2011 11:52 PM

    I love how some of you people continue to rag on the Lions. Who is 5-0 this season? Other than the Packers? That’s right, the “lowly Lie downs”.

    So all of you who want to continue to bash the Lions, go right ahead. Tampa fans did, Minnesota fans did, Dallas fans did, Chicago fans did…..and where are they know? Home, licking their wounds. They are all pretty quiet on these subjects now. Learn from their recently gained wisdom.

    Every week I hear about how Stafford is a China doll, and how some defensive player is going to knock him out of the game and end his season. Did Jaren Allen? No. Tamba Hali? Uh-Uh. Demarcus Ware? No siree. Surely Julius Peppers did for the second year in a row…..but, NO..he didn’t even register a sack. He barely got to sniff Matt’s cologne.

    Who have you got on your team that is better than those four?

    So keep talking, fans of our future opponents. Because deep down, you’re terrified of what will be the outcome of the contest. Your talk is simply your meager attempt at trying to overcome that fear. Good luck with that……..

  41. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 12, 2011 12:04 AM

    For a second I thought it said Niner sign Brett Favre.

  42. jasncondit says: Oct 12, 2011 1:27 AM

    Sorry 49er fans who take the Lions lightly. You’re going to get smoked on Sunday. Written in stone! And ya our offense looked average with an 80 yard run by best and a 70 yard TD catch by Megatron and sandwiched in between was a TD pass to TE Pettigrew. It was an off day ok? :) haha!

  43. danospleasanton says: Oct 12, 2011 1:34 AM

    WOW!! I don’t get these Detroit fans beating on their chests like this game is already in the books. Didn’t they once start 6-2 and not make the playoffs? I believe we just BEAT DOWN the Bucs allowing only 3 points. The same “rolling” Bucs that hung 20 points on these same Lions. A Bucs team with a so called “BEAST” of a RB, a savior in Josh Freeman and a young fast defence. Even if the 9ers spotted the Bucs 44 points they would have lost…that sounds cool.

    In reality 49ers mashed LeCheapshot Blount, confused their savior and shredded the “tough” defence with much better effort and a FANTASTIC SCHEME. To me the Bucs and Lions look very similar. I know the Lions have an edge in CJ but every Lions fan better hope Dashon Goldston doesn’t get a clean shot on his fragile back or their QB who has never finished a full season. All Lions should watch Dashon’s highlights over the past few weeks. Just remember how brittle your beloved QB,RB and WR have proven to be in their young careers.

  44. dstep24 says: Oct 12, 2011 2:00 AM

    Beloved ‘Niners Secondary,

    Miracle grow only works on plants.

    Wanted to save you the time.

    Hugs,

    Calvin

  45. dstep24 says: Oct 12, 2011 2:06 AM

    Dear Alex,

    Let me know if I get too dirty for you on Sunday. We’ll have plenty of time to chat.

    Cheers,

    NDamukong

    #ifineverthrowtheballmyratingwillbehigh

  46. dmackdaddy says: Oct 12, 2011 2:31 AM

    The only winning team the Lions have beaten are the Bucs and we (49ers) trampled them Sunday. Vikings, Bears, Cowboys, KC all losing teams they’ve beat.

    49ers 1st real test. Both teams will be 5-1 on Monday.

  47. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 12, 2011 5:22 AM

    Some people enjoy displaying their ignorance. Swain was in the Super Bowl and his play was involved in the red flag challenge.

    He is a hardworking guy who is deserves to be on an NFL roster. He may best be known for his ability to tackle on kick and punt coverage.

    Ideal depth guy. Very wise move by the 49’ers in getting him at no cost.

  48. jimmysee says: Oct 12, 2011 5:55 AM

    Good signing! Brett got caught in the receivers numbers game in Green Bay — he has the talent and the work ethic.

    Also, good contributor on Special Teams.

    Congrats to the ‘Niners on their season to date!

    Welcome back to the fight! It’s great to see the team in the hunt.

  49. mattsffrd says: Oct 12, 2011 8:25 AM

    Green Bay fans in this topic: classy
    Lions fans in this topic: delusional

    thanks for the well wishes GB fans, Swain seems like a good pickup for us

  50. go9ers says: Oct 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    I’m shocked — SHOCKED — that the Niners didn’t try out TO for the spot.

  51. P_Willy says: Oct 12, 2011 10:26 AM

    m2karateman says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:52 PM

    Every week I hear about how Stafford is a China doll, and how some defensive player is going to knock him out of the game and end his season. Did Jaren Allen? No. Tamba Hali? Uh-Uh. Demarcus Ware? No siree. Surely Julius Peppers did for the second year in a row…..but, NO..he didn’t even register a sack. He barely got to sniff Matt’s cologne.

    Who have you got on your team that is better than those four?

    So keep talking, fans of our future opponents. Because deep down, you’re terrified of what will be the outcome of the contest. Your talk is simply your meager attempt at trying to overcome that fear. Good luck with that……..

    _________________________

    Hey, hey now… be humble.

    Both of our teams haven’t shown much to brag about in a long time. There is plenty of football left and despite of what our records say, a lot of games could have gone either way and both of us could be @ 1-4.

    Don’t buy your playoff tickets just yet. I would think a team that’s been in the league basement the last several years would show some more class with a 5-0 record. It should go without saying that both teams have a lot of room for improvement, so wisen up.

    I’ll be @ Ford Feild this sunday in my Ronnie Lott jersey.. this should be a good game and in my opinon i feel that both squads haven’t played anyone better than one another up tp this point in the season.

    Tampa x 2
    Vikings
    Chiefs
    Bears
    Seahawks
    Bengals
    Eagles
    Cowboy’s (damn that OT loss stings)

    Instead of getting defensive, appreciate the fact that in Week 6 – the Niners/Lions game actually means something for once.

    Let’s hope no one gets injured and maybe we can catch this on NFL Replay.

  52. ninernation49 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:58 AM

    Hey Lion fans! Wait until your WR’s meet our secondary! Just look at the last few teams to meet them…..Cowboys (Romo-broken ribs/lung Austin-Hammy, Felix-collarbone, Vick-Hand) those are just the ones I can think of. I have no doubt that if MNF had the “Jacked up” videos still rolling Calvin would be the number one spot! He is going to get Jacked UP! MegaWhat is all I have to say! Get ready for a beat down by our D, and just like the Bucs we will not let up!

  53. axespray says: Oct 12, 2011 10:59 AM

    Great Kid, Awesome effort on Special Teams, can be a little ‘iffy on his consistency as a WR, but he’s young, fought back from a knee injury in 09 and came back and helped us win a superbowl….

    he ain’t great, but his work ethic should inspire the rest of the team (think Kyle Vanden Bosch).

  54. nyyankeedave says: Oct 12, 2011 4:29 PM

    Correction – Like some of the Packer fans, but like the MAJORITY of the Cowboys fans.

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