Idaho's Iupati signs with 49ers

Idaho's Iupati signs with 49ers

Idaho's Iupati signs with 49ers

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 10:49 PM

AP - Rookie diva drama? Not at this NFL training camp.

The 49ers reached deals with their four remaining unsigned rookies Friday, which means there will be no repeat of last year's longest rookie holdout in franchise history (filed under: Crabtree, Michael).

"That was the biggest priority," said first-round draft pick Anthony Davis, who did not want to miss a single day of camp. "That's why I wanted to get it done, so I could get in and hit the ground running."

Davis, the 11th overall pick, signed a five-year deal worth up to $26.5 million with $15.954 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. He'll compete for the starting right tackle job.

Left guard Mike Iupati, the 17th overall pick, was last to sign Friday morning. He got a deal worth up to $18.25 million over five years with $10.8 million guaranteed, according to a league source familiar with the deal.

Second-round safety Taylor Mays and third-round linebacker NaVorro Bowman signed four-year contracts with undisclosed terms.

Just like that, the 49ers opened their 2010 voyage with nary a controversial peep.

"I knew how important it was to be here on time," Davis said. "Everybody just made it happen."

How bad did the Niners want all hands on deck after Crabtree stayed home until Oct. 8? Chief negotiator Paraag Marathe negotiated with Iupati's agents - Ryan and Bruce Tollner - until 4 a.m.

"We wanted to be on time so we can work to get a starting spot," Iupati said.

That begins with the first camp practice Sunday. Davis, Iupati and Mays are all expected to compete for starting jobs over the next month against veterans they were drafted to replace.

After all, if the 49ers were content with their offensive line, they wouldn't have spent both first-round picks on offensive linemen in April.

"I just want to participate right now," Iupati said. "I'm not going to say anything. I'm just going to work and let that be handled by the coaches. I have very high expectations, trying to get playing time, a starting job, stuff like that."

Veterans report this morning for a full day of team meetings, but some reported with the rookies. Quarterbacks Alex Smith, David Carr and Nate Davis were there. So were projected defensive starters Justin Smith, Parys Haralson and Dashon Goldson, among others.

The only open-ended question remaining is whether nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin will sign his franchise-tag contract and report. Franklin declined to sign his one-year, $7 million deal during the offseason, allowing him to skip all OTAs and the minicamp.

Personnel chief Trent Baalke said the team would consider giving contract extensions to veterans once the rookies were signed, but the deadline to give a long-term deal to Franklin passed two weeks ago, per NFL rules.

Earlier this week, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said he did not know if Franklin would report.

But at least all the rookies are in camp, potentially the final pieces of an NFC West titlist.

"Our one goal is to have a winning season," Iupati said. "We just want to work. We realize now it's time to work, so we're excited."


 

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