49ers take big hits in roster via free agency 

The 49ers lost their backup tight end Delanie Walker to the Tennesse Titans through free agency. - USA TODAY SPORTS FILE PHOTO
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  • The 49ers lost their backup tight end Delanie Walker to the Tennesse Titans through free agency.

In only took a few hours, but the 49ers have a few more holes to fill this offseason.

Backup tight end Delanie Walker bolted San Francisco for a chance at a starting gig with the Tennessee Titans and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga inked a new deal with the Philadelphia as a fast and furious free agency period kicked off Tuesday.

Walker agreed to a 4-year deal worth $17.5 million, with $8.6 million of that guaranteed. Walker spent his first seven NFL seasons with San Francisco, accumulating 123 career catches for 1,465 yards and eight touchdowns.
He will help replace Jared Cook, who signed with the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday.

Sopoaga received a 3-year deal for $12 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

The 31-year-old leaves the 49ers after spending all eight years of his career in San Francisco.

Woodson, Dorsey to visit 49ers: Veteran free-agent defensive back Charles Woodson will visit with the 49ers today, according to NFL.com. At age 36 and after 14 years with the Raiders and Green Bay, Woodson is on the downside of his career. But he’s looking to sign with a contender after the Packers released him during the offseason.

The 49ers could be a fit for Woodson with safety Dashon Goldson appearing likely to wind up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Niners will also receive a visit from free agent defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who played in just four games with the Kansas City Chiefs last year due to a calf injury.

Boldin shocked by trade: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin told ESPN he was stunned to be traded to the 49ers. While traveling in Africa on a charity mission with fellow NFL receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White, Boldin spoke to ESPN producer Ashly Robinson. “You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded,” Boldin told Robinson, who is chronicling the trip. Boldin still needs to pass a physical with the 49ers when he returns to the country.

Smith trade finalized: The Chiefs officially traded for Alex Smith, the first day of the new league year — and nearly two weeks after the 49ers agreed to the deal. The 49ers will receive the Chiefs’ second-round pick, 34th overall, in this year’s draft and a conditional pick in next year’s draft.

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