SAN FRANCISCO — Quarterback Josh Freeman and defensive lineman Richard Seymour, two of the NFL's higher-profile free agents, have drawn interest from the 49ers but are not close to signing with them, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.
Freeman got released Thursday, less than two weeks after losing his job as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter. His desire to serve as a starter likely will dissuade Freeman from talking seriously with the Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers, and the Raiders are a more likely option, according to the NFL Network's Mike Silver.
The 49ers swapped third-string quarterbacks last week, releasing rookie B.J. Daniels and signing former Cardinals starter John Skelton.
Seymour couldn't come to financial terms with the 49ers last month after they expressed interest in the former Raiders and Patriots lineman, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Seymour turned 34 on Sunday and will continue to field offers "until Week 10," he told La Canfora. The Detroit Lions and Atlana Falcons also have shown interest.
The 49ers' interest reportedly came after Aldon Smith went on indefinite leave to deal with personal issues, although the 49ers need at nose tackle really came after nose tackle Ian Williams sustained a season-ending ankle fracture Sept. 15. Glenn Dorsey has since stepped up to fill that void at nose tackle.
Seymour was a high school teammate of 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin at Lower Richland High, in Hopkins, S.C. Seymour has made over $86 million in his career, nearly $30 million more than any defensive tackle in NFL history, according to Sportrac.com. The Raiders voided his contract in February and he accounts for nearly $14 million on this season's salary cap.
In other 49ers news, Donte Whitner's paperwork to change his last name to "Hitner" has been delayed in Ohio, a result of the federal government shutdown, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.