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49ers to host free agent Jason Brown

Adam Caplan reports that free agent offensive lineman Jason Brown has a visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers for the upcoming weekend.

Brown is entering his age-29 season and was considered one of the top interior offensive linemen on the 2009 free agent market. The Rams signed him to a five-year, $37.5 million contract that February, but Brown was benched last season and released by St. Louis on March 12.

The 49ers have a need at guard, where Brown played early in his career with the Ravens. He can also play center.

Brown was the No. 84 overall player on the PFT Hot 100.

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12 Responses to “49ers to host free agent Jason Brown”
  1. jeremywflores says: Apr 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    I don’t mind if it’s a 1-year “prove it” deal.

  2. chawk12thman says: Apr 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    What is the reason that he was benched? Hurt? If just for talent degrading, why would you want him over a young draft choice?

  3. jikkle49 says: Apr 3, 2012 2:15 PM

    Brown would provide the 9ers with a possible starter at RG or at the very least depth at G and C since they lack both right now.

  4. LoCoSu@%s says: Apr 3, 2012 2:43 PM

    Given the niners FO MO this offseason, it will be a 1 year deal, if at all it happens

  5. sonoco says: Apr 3, 2012 3:20 PM

    He’s worth a shot. The 49ers still have 15 open roster spots on the 80 man offseason roster. Sign him and throw him out there to compete for one of the five or six interior line spots on the final 53 man roster.

  6. sj39 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    He wasn’t hurt, just major drop off in talent. Should fit right in with the Niners.

  7. southsidesteve86 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    Tomorrow, the 49ers sign Vince Young to be the 3rd string backup to complete Dream Team 2.0

  8. rolltide510 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:28 PM

    Hmmm, if one of the top offensive linemen in free agency was benched by the Rams, I’m thinking it’s not an especially deep free agent class.

  9. schmitty2 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:34 PM

    sj39 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:28 PM
    He wasn’t hurt, just major drop off in talent. Should fit right in with the Niners

    From one Ram’s fan to another..I really hope that wasn’t a dig on the Niner’s because we have no room to talk smack about any other team at this point IMO

  10. canjura says: Apr 3, 2012 4:48 PM

    Seeing Jason Brown last season, he wasn’t as awful as his “benching” would suggest. He definitely didn’t live up to the HUGE contract he got being the highest paid center in the league, but he definitely wasn’t awful. He was a top 20 center, but, top 20 doesn’t deserve to be paid like the best. With that said, his benching last season completely baffles me unless part of his contract was based on starts/snaps taken like bonuses.

  11. time2speakup says: Apr 3, 2012 4:51 PM

    A number of varied opinions hereon – from folks who have a right to air them. However, when the dust settles, if the Niners do in fact sign this player, he will contribute. I will not speak to any occurrences with the Rams and him (because I don’t know what they were).

  12. longerlasting says: Apr 3, 2012 8:03 PM

    Yet another Ravens player who leaves Baltimore for a big contract and doesn’t live up to expectations.

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