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49ers' Baalke still considers Saints' Gregg Williams friend

SANTA CLARA — Apparently, there are no hard feelings on 49ers general manager Trent Baalke's part regarding the Saints' targeting of San Francisco players in their bounty program.

The GM recently reached out to suspended former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to discuss the matter.

He and Williams worked together during the 2004 season in Washington and Baalke still considers him a friend. Baalke said Wednesday they had a nice chat and that he has long respected Williams as a football coach.

"I don't feel any differently about him today than I did 20 days ago," Baalke said. "I've worked with Gregg. Gregg's a friend and he's been a friend. It was only fitting that you reach out and speak with him, and I felt very good about the conversation."

Williams oversaw and contributed money to the illegal bounty fund for planned vicious hits on opponents and has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL for his involvement in the scheme from 2009-11.


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