With first pick, team hopes for deal by draft

The 49ers, who have the first choice in the NFL draft, have notified the agents of Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith and Braylon Edwards to begin contract negotiations before the draft.

Updated: April 7, 2005, 2:22 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The San Francisco 49ers, who have the first choice in the NFL draft, have notified the agents of quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers of California and Alex Smith of Utah and wide receiver Braylon Edwards of Michigan that they want to begin contract negotiations with hopes of getting a deal done before the draft.

Smith held a private workout for the 49ers Tuesday and Rodgers is scheduled to visit the 49ers facility next Wednesday. Edwards will be at the 49ers' facility next Monday but, like Rodgers, isn't expected to work out.

The 49ers will continue to look at other prospects in case they receive an offer to trade down for a lower spot in the first round.

No negotiations have begin but the process is expected to get start soon. The NFL gives the team with the first choice permission to try to work out a deal before the draft begins.

John Clayton is a Senior NFL Writer for ESPN.com.

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