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Free agent linebacker Lance Briggs visiting with 49ers

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SAN FRANCISCO >> The San Francisco 49ers are hosting free agent linebacker Lance Briggs at team headquarters.

Briggs’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the visit Monday. The Niners are in need of linebackers following the surprising retirements this offseason of five-time All-Pro Patrick Willis and then Chris Borland following his standout rookie season.

The 34-year-old Briggs went on the reserve/injured list in late November with a groin injury, and played in only eight games last season for Chicago.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, he had 34 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in his 12th NFL season — all with the Bears. He played in only nine games during the 2013 season.

Also expected to meet with the team Monday is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

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