Secondary remains primary concern

Updated: August 5, 2003, 7:12 AM ET
By By Ryan Early | NFL Insider
The 49ers were the least active team in free agency this past year and concentrated their energies on the draft and attempting to sign their veterans to contract extensions.

So far their top two wide receivers, All-Pro Terrell Owens and the emerging Tai Streets, have refused the team's overtures and are scheduled to become free agents in 2004. The biggest concern is the pass defense, which suffered numerous injuries last year and gave up yards in bunches. Very little has been done to improve the situation. The lack of new veteran blood opens the door to playing time for their rookies. The team's picks from the first four rounds of the draft could all see significant playing time.


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