Karl Paymah Signs with 49ers, Joe Haden Improves 40 Time

Jeff MedinaContributor IMarch 17, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - 2009:  Karl Paymah of the Minnesota Vikings poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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49ers Sign Free Agent Cornerback Karl Paymah

According to multiple sources, the San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent cornerback Karl Paymah, 27, to a one-year deal.

Paymah has played five seasons in the league, most recently with the Minnesota Vikings. He's not expected to compete for a starting role, but might have been signed to fill one of the spots left vacant by unsigned UFA's Dre Bly and Walt Harris.

Paymah's best season came in 2008 with the Denver Broncos. Playing in parts of all 16 games he recorded 35 tackles, five passes defended, and one interception. 


Joe Haden Improves 40 Time at Florida Pro Day  

Joe Haden was clocked between 4.45 and 4.48 in two attempts at the Florida Pro Day, a drastic improvement over his time at the combine which was reported to be closer to 4.6.

The slow time led some scouts to suggest that Haden had run himself out of the top 10, and possibly out of the top 15 due to concerns about his ability to keep up with the faster receivers in the NFL.

The 49ers have been mentioned as a possible destination for Haden at the No. 13 spot since his poor Combine performance, but he may have redeemed himself enough to be of interest to other teams selecting before then.

It's now possible that he might be snagged at No. 7 by the Cleveland Browns, or No. 10 by the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Ayodele Headed to Detroit after Visit with 49ers

Free Agent linebacker Akin Ayodele has completed his visit with the 49ers and left without signing. According to Matt Maiocco via Twitter, Ayodele had a good visit with the Niners, but will explore other options—beginning with a visit to Detroit—before making a final decision.

Ayodele, it's expected, would be signed to provide additional depth at linebacker, and as an immediate backup to veteran Takeo Spikes.

Recently cut by the Miami Dolphins, Ayodele's best season came in 2008, when he started 13 games, recording 75 combined tackles and two interceptions.