The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday agreed to a five-year contract with defensive lineman Ray McDonald according to an insider close to the teams player negotiations.
The contract is just a rumor at this time as contract announcements for free agents are not suppose to be released until Friday.
The 26-year-old has only started in nine games during his four year career, all starts came in 2008, however McDonald was said to be high on general manager Trend Baalke's list of players to sign.
The Sacremento Bee McDonald is coming back as a starter:
The contract is considered "starter's money," which likely means that McDonald's days of a backup are over. McDonald started nine games for the 49ers in 2008, but did not start any games the past two seasons.Last season Ray had 19 tackles with San Francisco and scored his first career touchdown on a 31 yard interception.
The team is also expected to announced a one-year contract deal with quarterback Alex Smith who was drafted as the No. 1 pick in 2005 and started "Camp Alex" during the lockout to ensure his teams players would be ready for the new season.
On Wednesday the team also announced signings for rookie draft pick Bruce Miller and guard Daniel Kilgore, both of whom received four-year deals.
Also rumored to be in signing mode is Barry Sims who showed up early at the teams headquarters, a good sign that he'll re-sign.
Other signings released by the San Francisco 49ers include the following undrafted free agents:
C Chase Beeler, WR Tyler Beiler, WR Dontavia Bogan, DE Brian Bulcke, DE Demarcus Dobbs, OL Donovan Edwards, T Derek Hall, WR Joe Hastings, WR Chris Hogan, CB Corey Nelms, TE Konrad Reuland, LB Kenny Rowe, NT Sealver Siliga, RB Seth Smith, DB Anthony West, T Kenny Williams and NT Ian Williams. [list from: TSN.CA]Do you think McDonald deserves the starting position for the 49ers.