Will James to sign with 49ers

Veteran cornerback Will James has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a league source.

James began a free-agent visit with the 49ers on Monday, as the National Football Post reported last week, and he steps into a situation where he will be able to compete for the third cornerback position.

James started 14 games last season in Detroit and figures to compete with Karl Paymah and Terrell Brown for the top spot behind starters Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer.

Seattle brought James in for a free-agent visit last month. Chicago and Arizona also had interest in the 10-year veteran from Western Illinois. James, 6-foot, 200 pounds, has 60 career starts and has made previous stops in Jacksonville, Philadelphia and with the New York Giants. Niners secondary coach Johnnie Lynn was his position coach and then the defensive coordinator when James was with the Giants.

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