Safety Roman heads to Niners from Packers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Safety Mark Roman signed with the San
Francisco 49ers on Sunday, three days after he was cut by the Green
Bay Packers.


Roman, a seven-year veteran who also played for Cincinnati,
appeared in every game over the last two seasons with Green Bay.

He had 90 tackles and two interceptions last season, but was
released one day before the Packers opened training camp. Roman
apparently was unhappy when the Packers signed free-agent safety
Marquand Manuel in the offseason.

To make room, the 49ers released safety Ben Emanuel, who played
sparingly last season.

In San Francisco, Roman will compete with newcomer
Chad Williams, Keith Lewis and Mike Adams in a wide-open race to become
the 49ers' starting free safety. Roman also could see time in
Tony Parrish's spot at strong safety.