Scot McCloughan continued to surface via text message Friday, vowing better days ahead for both the 49ers and his own future without them.
The former general manager, whose exit has yet to be confirmed by the team, responded to an interview request from Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami by writing:
"It was a great run. Players I brought in will win division for next couple of years."
Hours later, in his first public acknowledgement of the personal problems that apparently fueled his departure, McCloughan sent this message to a talk-show host for Sirius NFL Radio:
"Family needs to come first and I lost sight of that with my position at the 49ers. I will be back in league at some point and be very successful."
The 49ers, meanwhile, remained mum amid the flurry of reports about their top personnel man since 2005. News first surfaced Wednesday night that McCloughan would no longer continue in his post because of a personal matter. His contract still has two years remaining at a reported $1.25 million a year.
To date, the only person at team headquarters to address McCloughan's departure was Chester Pitts, an offensive lineman in town for a free-agent visit Friday.
Pitts spoke to reporters on a conference call after his visit to Santa Clara and said there was no hint of awkwardness.
"No, not at all," said Pitts, an eight-year veteran with the Houston Texans. "Things happen. That's the business. People come and
Without a GM in place, Pitts said he met with team president Jed York and had lunch at Yan Can restaurant with director of pro personnel Tom Gamble.
Pitts, 30, is coming off microfracture surgery on his right knee and said doctors also repaired a torn lateral meniscus. About two more months of rehabilitation loom, but Pitts did not rule out being ready for June mini-camps.
Pitts, a starting left guard with the Texans since 2002, said he had not discussed where he would play with the 49ers but was open to moving to the right side. Asked about his prospects for a starting job, Pitts said: "I would expect the five best players to be on the field, whoever they are. I definitely expect myself to be one of those five guys.
The free agent's other top suitors include the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers, however, are getting lobbying help from recent acquisition David Carr. The backup quarterback played with Pitts in Houston. Both are California natives.
"How about that?" Pitts said. "(Carr) called me and left me a two-minute voice mail saying: 'Chester, don't be afraid to come home. Chester, don't be afraid to become a 49er.' "
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