Veteran cornerback Will James will make a free-agent visit to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, according to a league source.
James, who nearly signed with the Chicago Bears last week, has a tie with the 49ers. Secondary coach Johnnie Lynn was his position coach when the New York Giants drafted James in 2001 out of Western Illinois. Lynn later became the defensive coordinator there.
James played in 16 games last season for the Detroit Lions, making 14 starts. He had 73 tackles with two interceptions. He is also drawing interest from the Arizona Cardinals, who just unloaded a veteran cornerback when they traded Bryant McFadden to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cardinals secondary coach Donnie Henderson coached James in Jacksonville in 2008.
Seattle has some level of interest in James, who has 60 career starts, after he visited there earlier this month. The Bears could remain in play for him too. He has starting experience and can provide solid depth for any team in need.
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