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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Age before beauty: 49ers free agents


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

San Francisco 49ers 2009 UFA Candidates
Pos. Age
Jamie Martin
QB 39.0
Allen Rossum
KR 33.3
Takeo Spikes
LB 32.1
J.T. O'Sullivan QB 29.5
DeShaun Foster
RB 29.1
Sean Ryan
TE 28.9
Donald Strickland
CB 28.2
Damane Duckett
OL 28.0
Bryant Johnson
WR
27.9
Ronald Fields
DL 27.4
Roderick Green
LB 26.8
Billy Bajema
TE 26.3

The 49ers stand to get younger this offseason as they part with backup quarterbacks Jamie Martin and J.T. O'Sullivan.

Both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Neither is expected to return.

The chart ranks the 49ers' scheduled unrestricted free agents from oldest to youngest, with ages rounded down to the tenth.

Only three of the 49ers' scheduld free agents are in their 30s, easily the lowest figure in the division. The Cardinals (nine), Rams (eight) and Seahawks (eight) each rank among the NFL's top five teams in 30-plus UFA candidates.

None of the 49ers' scheduled free agents appears to be critical for the team's future. Re-signing Takeo Spikes would make sense. Most of the others appear to qualify for the dreaded at-the-right-price distinction, meaning the 49ers will probably take their time in re-signing them, if they re-sign them at all.