Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Cal Alums in the NFL Update

Newberry signs with Raiders

Jeremy Newberry has become the latest 49ers player to jump across the bay to wear silver and black. The center agreed to a one-year deal with the Raiders on Tuesday that will pay him $1.5 million, with no signing bonus.  The deal also includes an injury waiver that protects the club in case Newberry's well-documented knee problems derail his 10th NFL season.  "This means a lot to me. I like what coach Kiffin has got going on over there. I think he has a hell of a staff in place and I'm really excited about playing for him,'' Newberry said Tuesday afternoon after completing a 40-minute session on the treadmill.  That workout might say something about the state of Newberry's health.  "My knees feel awesome. I haven't been able to run like that in three or four years,'' said Newberry, 30, who has undergone microfracture surgery on both knees to stimulate new cartilage growth. "I had my physical (Monday) and the doctor said he's seen worse cartilage on kids coming out of college. I feel great.''

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Banta-Cain joining 49ers

Linebacker seen as pass-rusher

The 49ers' free-agent haul got bigger Tuesday with the signing of former Patriots pass-rush linebacker Tully Banta-Cain.  ESPN reports the three-year deal comes with a $12.2 million price tag, and as yet, there's no word on how much is guaranteed. The former Cal defensive end hopes to fill the 49ers' need for a pass rusher.  He notched only eight sacks in four seasons in New England, but for most of that time, he played mainly on special teams, sparingly on defense, after being chosen in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. While starting the final seven games for injured Junior Seau last season, Banta-Cain registered five and a half sacks, and collected two more in the playoffs.

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