RAMS EXTRAS

Safety Craig Dahl signs 3-year deal with 49ers

2013-03-16T16:23:00Z 2013-03-16T17:12:49Z Safety Craig Dahl signs 3-year deal with 49ersBy Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

The Rams weren’t interested in bringing back free safety Craig Dahl, but quietly there was a fair amount of interest in him around the league once free agency started. On Saturday, just five days into free agency  Dahl went off the market, signing a three-year deal with NFC West rival San Francisco.

The Rams liked Dahl for his intelligence and toughness. He made sure everyone got lined up correctly in the back end, and was the kind of player coaches like. But the Rams want to get more athletic at the position, so after four seasons and 40 starts in St. Louis, Dahl is gone.

He started all 16 games for the Rams last season, the first time he had done that in five NFL seasons, finishing with 100 tackles with one interception and two pass breakups. Dahl, 27, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2007. He joined the Rams via free agency in 2009.

“We are pleased to announce the signing of Craig,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in a statement released by the team. “He is an experienced veteran with excellent intangibles, who has working knowledge of the NFC West.”

Along those lines, maybe Dahl can help the 49ers figure out how to beat the Rams, who tied and beat San Francisco in a pair of overtime games last season.

Meanwhile, guard/tackle Chris Williams, who joined the team at midseason and appeared in three games, paid a free agent visit to Carolina. There were no new developments as of late Saturday afternoon on left tackle Jake Long, who left St. Louis on Friday without reaching a deal.

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