Bronson Signs 05/16/01
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In an anticipate move the 49ers have officially re-signed safety Zack Bronson. The deal is for two years and worth approximately $1.1 million. The fifth year veteran will be one of the eldest on the 49ers young squad. He joins the team with a vast knowledge of the 49ers defense, and a love for the team and coaches. Bronson will compete mainly with John Keith for the starting position opposite Schulters. The two battled for the position last season, with Keith eventually winning the spot, before relinquishing it do to injury. In Bronson's second crack at the safety position last season, he proved he could be the player the 49ers were looking for at safety - exactly what the team was hoping for when they brought him in to back up Tim McDonald and Merton Hanks as an undrafted free agent. The battle for the starting spot will be one of the hottest off-season bouts on the 49ers squad.

To make room for Bronson the 49ers had to release tight end Terrence Dupree. The release saved the 49ers approximately three hundred thousand dollars against the cap. Dupree spent last season on the team's injured reserve after showing much promise in last year's training camp. Dupree may have become expendable due to the drafting of seventh round pick, "Mr. Walsh's Son" - Eric Johnson. The team was thrilled with the selection of Johnson, nevertheless bringing Dupree back sometime after the draftees are signed is still a possibility.

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