Ray McDonald excited by prospects of free agency

Ray McDonald is fixing to be a starter and when the news came out Tuesday that players will need four years of service to become unrestricted free agents, well, it sounds like the San Francisco 49ers about did hand-stands.

That's great news,” McDonald told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I've been waiting four years for this. That would make my life. That would change everything as far as me going ahead with my future in my NFL career. So that's some good news - no, excellent news - for me.”

McDonald has been a nickel pass rusher the last two seasons and would like to start. He projects as a tackle in a 4-3 scheme or an end in a 3-4 front. He started half of the season in 2008 and wants to return to that type of role. He’s been active working out with the 49ers this offseason while uncertain about his future.

“I know I'm an every-down player, a starter," McDonald said. “And that's what I'm looking to do this year. I'm not looking to back up anybody. I'm looking to start this year.”

Hopefully, McDonald and everyone else gets a jump on free agency sooner rather than later.

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