San Francisco general manager Scot McCloughan fired back at charges by the Bears that the 49ers were guilty of tampering when it came to trying to work out a contract with linebacker Lance Briggs last season.
The Bears and Niners talked before the October trade deadline about a possible deal, and the Bears charged San Francisco with trying to work out a contract with agent Drew Rosenhaus at the time.
``There’s nothing to it,’’ McCloughan told Bay Area reporters Thursday. ``We have no response because there's nothing to respond to.
``I think it's maneuvering by an organization trying to find the best way to keep their guy. From our standpoint, there’s nothing to it. It doesn't mean we will or we won't go after him. It's something [the Bears] put out and we have no comment.’’
McCloughan indicated the Niners would have interest at the right price, but that’s the position of about 31 other teams. ``Right now, we have interest in a lot of guys,’’ McCloughan said. ``But if money starts getting out of control or it’s a position that's not a need position, we start backing away from it.’’
An insider in San Francisco suggested the Niners were not looking hard at Briggs, saying the Niners have a much greater need for a pass rusher.