Safety Roman heads to Niners from Packers

Updated: July 30, 2006, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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