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49ERS
Battle figures to make 49ers' roster

  • Arnaz Battle is expected to make the 49ers' season-opening roster again this season. It appeared in the offseason as if his days with the organization were coming to a rapid conclusion. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

SAN DIEGO — Veteran receiver Arnaz Battle will not get a final chance to make his case for a 49ers roster spot tonight.

That's probably all right, because coach Mike Singletary said he knows the identities of most players who will comprise the 49ers' 53-man roster. And there's not much that can happen in the exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers that is going to change his mind.

“I have a very good idea as to who the 53 are,” Singletary said, “and I've told the guys there are a few slots there, competition-wise.

“Young guys here and there that need to go out and play as best they can and make sure that when other people look at that film, that that's their resume.”

Battle is expected to make the 49ers' season-opening roster again this season. It appeared in the offseason as if his days with the organization were coming to a rapid conclusion.

After all, the 49ers signed free-agent slot receiver Brandon Jones to a five-year, $16.5 million contract, then drafted Michael Crabtree with the No.10 overall pick.

But Jones is out through September with a fractured shoulder, and Crabtree has — through 38 days of a contract stalemate — snubbed his nose at the 49ers' offer of approximately $16 million in guaranteed money.

“There are young guys coming up and draft picks, and this and that,” Battle said. “I can't control that, but it can be frustrating at times.

“All I can do is go out each day and take care of my body and learn the offense, run the routes and get better and better. If it doesn't work out here, hopefully somebody else will see it and I'll have a job somewhere.”

Battle, a sixth-round pick in the 2003 draft, broke into the 49ers' starting lineup in 2005 with eight starts. He led the team's wideouts in receptions in 2006 and '07.

Through it all, Battle has already outlasted many of the players who were brought in to replace him. That list includes draft picks Rashaun Woods, Derrick Hamilton, Rasheed Marshall, Marcus Maxwell and Brandon Williams, and veteran additions Curtis Conway, Johnnie Morton, Antonio Bryant, Ashley Lelie, Taylor Jacobs and Darrell Jackson.

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