I know you all have been waiting for this. The 49ers released their 2009 preseason schedule with dates and times still to be determined. Hooray for useless games!
Broncos @ Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park
Raiders @ Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park
Cowboys @ Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Jerry Jones’ new billion dollar stadium
Chargers @ Qualcomm Stadium, Dean Spanos’ billion year old stadium
The 49ers also announced the signing of free-agent tackle Marvel Smith who has started 108 games at right tackle with the Steelers since he was drafted in 2000. Smith however has missed 14 games the last two seasons because of a herniated disk. Smith went to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and will most likely be the starting right tackle. The oft-injured Jonas Jennings was released to make room for Smith on the roster. Jennings has missed 42 games the last four years he spent with the 49ers. Hopefully Smith’s injury is fully healed and the 49ers will have a right tackle who can start all 16 games next year.
Even with Smith signed and as the presumed starter there are rumors the 49ers may still use their 10th pick in the draft on a tackle.