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49ers add Pats linebacker Banta-Cain

Updated: March 7, 2007, 1:38 AM ET
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San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers added their fourth potential starter to their defense by reaching an agreement Tuesday with Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain.

He will receive a three-year, $12.2 million contract that will pay him $4 million in 2007.

Banta-Cain was being looked at by 4-3 teams as a defensive end and 3-4 teams as a linebacker. He was replaced by Adalius Thomas in New England.

Banta-Cain, who has good speed, was a seventh-round pick from California ...

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