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Morning Tailgate: March 2

Posted by Taylor Price on March 2, 2012 – 11:08 AM

One of the league’s best defenses of 2011 continues to round into form during the 2012 offseason.

With free agency approaching on March 13, the 49ers have used a non-exclusive franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson, who was scheduled to hit the free agent market.

After signing outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year extension on Monday, Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers is the only defensive starter from 2011 not under contract for this upcoming season.

Goldson’s franchise tag, however, doesn’t ensure he’ll return for 2012.

If Goldson were to receive a contract offer from another club, the 49ers will have the right to match the offer. If they choose not to match the offer, then the team would receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.

Goldson has started all 46 games in which he’s appeared over the past three seasons and his 11 interceptions are the most by a 49er since 2007.

“By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a team-issued press release.

More on Goldson and latest team-related headlines can be found after the jump.

With the deadline for franchise tags happening on this coming Monday, CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco explains why Goldson was a logical choice for San Francisco’s franchise tag.

Four of NFL.com’s writers have updated their mock drafts post-NFL Scouting Combine. Two of the four believe Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will be taken by the 49ers with the No. 30 pick in the first round.

With more media speculation about the 49ers drafting a wide receiver in late April, we give you Maiocco and draft analyst Wes Bunting of the National Football Post discussing the team’s options at the receiver. Bunting liked Sanu as a fit with the 49ers. “The ideal fit would be the vertical threat who can run down the field,” said Bunting, who sees Sanu as a big-bodied wideout making plays in tight spaces.

Lastly, 49ers.com will continue to take a look at the upcoming opponenets on our 2012 schedule. Our latest offering, a preview on the New York Jets, discusses the key storylines for the AFC East club that’ll host the 49ers in 2012.


Always good to spend family time with the offseason. Second-year defensive tackle Ian Williams, who made the club after being undrafted out of Notre Dame, took his mother to an Orlando Magic game Thursday night. Despite their support, Oklahoma City edged Orlando 105-102.

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61 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: March 2”

  1. By Frank on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    Good move…now let’s get a long-term deal worked out so they can shed the franchise tag. Next up…Alex and hopefully Morgan. Baalke won’t pay Rogers anywhere near the $10M he’s reportedly seeking. Not w/Culliver able to step up…so ball’s in CR & his agent’s court. In lieu of re-signing Snyder, why not take Peter Konz…top C in college, but a guy who can slide over to RG, solidifying our interior OL and eventually replacing Goodwin, who’s argulably got a couple more good seasons left.

  2. By seven years with Alex on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    please dont start with the alex signing they obviously are going to test the waters with wmith they are not going to throw dead money at him anylonger …they are going to see if anyone wants him ..wich they dont and get him for like 3 years 5 million and more than likely he will be there to bring along kapernick who looks like a baller and has a arm with skills …he allready looks better than smith and he has been on the bench ….thanks for the wasted years alex …good luck on your next endevors

  3. By Connecticut49erFan on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey “seven years with Alex.” Give the man a break. He deserves another shot. Don’t forget, Alex has had 7-different offensive coordinators in the past 7-years. If the 9ers bring him back, this will be the first time in his career that he has been able to come back and play with the same system from the previous year. Alex showed great poise and promise last year. Jim Harbaugh has made it CLEAR that Alex is the starting QB for the 9ers. Jim sees something in Alex and I’m willing to see what happens.

  4. By Connecticut49erFan on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    He Frank, I agree with most of what you wrote with one exception, I would cut Snyder but I wouldn’t go with Peter Konz (probably won’t be available at the end of the first round), I would rather go and get Carl Nicks, Free Agent Guard from the (cheating, bounty hunter) Saints. He played next to Goodwin for several years and think he is the key to solidifying an already great offensive line.

  5. By rjdniner on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    We will have to give up alot to get that 2nd pick RAMS are not going to let that happen, not within the same division. JEROMY you and 7yrs have a DARK GLOUD ON YOU ALL TIME .

  6. By rjdniner on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    Let me add to what i just said ITS A DARK GLOUD ON YOU TWO ALL THE TIME.

  7. By Vordulin on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand this jeromy kid, he’s been a blight on the SF forums for years. Your not supporting anything with the way you are jeromy. You obviously have no clue about football and that is a sad thing considering how much time you spend sticking your nose into things and upsetting so many people with your ineptitude. Learn football or go away please.

  8. By john on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith is a bum if we sign him to big money then maybe i wont pick up my 40 thousand a piece sits after all.

  9. By seven years with Alex on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    yeah that is the point you go to games to see good players and scream and yell and eat and drink …and buy merchandise that is how you support a team. If you are going to see alex and paying 80k plus for your seats at the new stadium i am sorry for you. it is 8 years down the road and over 100million dollars spent on this QB well that is his position but really he lack all the fundamentals

  10. By seven years with Alex on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    Oh and ….wow cant believe i have to clairify this every time ….listen ….an offensive coordinator doesnt make a player better ….ounce again a offensive coordinator does not make a player better ….he makes sure the team understands the plays they are running and what schemes are going to be run each game and creates plays for said players to run. The O-coordinator cant make alex throw the ball …or put touch on the ball …..or create lanes to throw ….or have any game sense …like when the whole stadium knows the blitz is comeing accept for alex …lol ….i love watching him go down like a cheap lawn chair as he stands there like a deer in headlights looking god knows where down field ….waste of a pick and money and you guys want the team to keep bleeding shame on you

  11. By seven years with Alex on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    Alex will never amou8nt to what you want him to he has no game ..he has to be told what to do in every facet of the game because he doesnt know anything after 8 years …i mean your telling me at your job you can work there for 8 years and know nothing and get paid good money and still be able to cry that you have not had the same manager for 2 years straight. The truth is infront of your face yet you refuse to see it. the reason is simple when the QB sucks who gets fired the o-coordinator so it is simply his fault that no coordinator has stayed and the only reason the one here stayed is because he didnt get his other job now he has to stay here and deal with the 8 year bust that has no grasp of talent or any reason to play on the field

  12. By KC on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    very good 4 goldson, & Smart by the 49ers.

  13. By seven years with Alex on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    yeah nice job and smart really smart

  14. By seven years with Alex on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    unless carlos rodgers goes for the money we still might have a shot if he wants to try for a superbowl with us

  15. By KC on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    we can find A good WR N the 2nd or 3rd rd, if we get A great free agent WR.

  16. By KC on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    i don’t think carlos is going anywhere, he knows we’re 2 close now 2 possibly winning it ALL.

  17. By SoCal49erFan on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    well 7 years, i have to agree with you on that one….. I’d get FIRED from my job for sure!

  18. By KC on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lol, you’ll b ok.

  19. By cliq-claq on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    i think we should wait and see what happens with vincent jackson or desean jackson ……and lets not forget ted ginn is a free agent to….we all know how much we need him…(N.F.C.championship game)….and we need to sign morgan as well

  20. By Evoray49 on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m still 50/50 on Alex Smith, but last years play gives him the benefit of the doubt. As for “seven years with Alex”, have you ever had a job for 8 years? And if so, did your manager change every year? I doubt any of us have had to deal with that instability.

    To simplify it, take a cook at a restaurant. If the menu (playbook) changes every year, with different recipes (players/OC) it doesn’t matter how good of a cook you are, the food wont taste as good and the chef wont be as fast. It’s going to take the cook time to learn the new recipes and menu. After having the same menu for a while, I’m sure the cook will be fast and the food will taste great.

    Now, if you can’t take that analogy, then there’s bigger issues for you than arguing about resigning Alex Smith.

  21. By seven years with Alex on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    lol dude really ..well most good restaurants have seasonal menus wich change often …sooo yeah try again …as well as a good chef will be good at any food they make reguardless of the menu …cooking is chemistry and ounce you practice the basics its all just what ingrediants you have and that chef will perform their masterpiece with what you give em or they get fired…down the road or your business will faulter and suffer because they chef cant perform basics ( like read a defense) or hold a safety to either side of the field …just like if a chef and only make scrambled eggs and not sunny side up …you fire them….simple eh

  22. By dave g. on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    So Seven Years, above you say about Alex “….i love watching him go down like a cheap lawn chair as he stands there like a deer in headlights looking god knows where down field”. How in the hell does a 49er fan ever have the thought of loving to see their QB get sacked????? It just proves you are in noooo way a 49er fan which we all knew all along. Your rediculously funny points mean nothing because you are NOT a 49er fan.

  23. By dave g. on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Getting on here and reading comments by Seven Years and Jeromy is hilarious. Its like watching Comedy Central. You two really think you making good points. HAHAHA! Look Seven Years, Drew is a free agent too and yeah no team is trying to get him now either. What point did you make idiot. You like that basketball player who makes a slam dunk at the end of the game down by one point and jumps up and down pumping your fist that you slammed it home for the win but you the only guy in the building who hasn’t figured out that the time ran off the clock before you even took your first step to the hoop. You are the biggest joke on these blogs and your buddy jeromy 2nd. HAAAAAA. Thanks for the daily laughs ladies ; )

  24. By dave g. on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Seven Years…And whats with your scambled eggs and green eggs & ham rambling? It is pure comedy reading your rediculous blogs, especially since you really think you have a higher football IQ than everyone on here, including coaches and GM. You crack me up with all your useless nonsense. Man, it must suck to be yOU. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  25. By dave g. on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    HAHAHAHA…you clowns keep cracking me up. Jeromina you just Sevens Years lil b!tch whose points are a little less funny than his but still very funny. You keep acting like its your wallet who is paying all these players. So Harbaugh & Baalke need to consult your incredible expertise in these matters? Genius exudes from all your pores. Seven Years is to these blogs in hilarity what Eddie Murphy is for stand up and you Jeromina is the Arsenio Hall. Wooof Woooof…keep em coming losers, you are cracking us up! ; )

  26. By dave g. on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Listen Jeromina…go back to the drawing board…oh wait, I tell you what stay up tonight with a strong cup of coffee and spend the rest of the weekend coming up with something even funnier. I believe in you and have confidence that if you think about it long enough & work hard at it, you will be able to top your boyfriend Seven Years and be the McDaddy of hilarity on these blogs. You almost there homie :) I will have my popcorn ready so don’t disappoint me and my buddies. You clowns are too much :)

  27. By kevin on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex smith played extremely well last year and did everything harbaugh told him to do. being in the same system for 2 years now will allow him to get more in sync with his receivers and will give him a better grasp of all the plays, like where his players are gonna be when a play breaks down, how to exploit specific defenses with each play and above all will increase his confidence.i agree alex was horrible every year until last year. The chef analogys are stupid, having a normal job doesnt compare to being a football player in anyway. With more confidence, a complimentary receiver for crabtree, consistency along the O-Line and a full offseason to truly learn the ins and outs of the offense alex smith and the niner offense will be much better than last year. will we be 13-3 probably not but then again theres only 1-2 teams a year that can claim that record or better

  28. By kevin on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Another thing the alex haters always talk about how we need to get a better quarterback but a better qb translates to alot more money which would restrict our ability to keep our defense intact and bolster our offense with a WR or 2 and possible a linemen, good players at those positions dont come cheap and i would prefer to have alex at a discounted price putting up numbers even just similar to last years and have the best defense, special teams, and best ball control offense in the league. You want a drew brees? look at how his contract situation is destroying the saints roster, sorry but id rather have a great team than one great player.

  29. By SHIP on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Dave G. is sooo right! And something else I noticed about that Jeromy character. He lacks any kind of intelligent, logical points. He starts lacing his pathetic arguments with exclamation points, question marks, etc., thinking it will somehow strengthen his case. LOL — He is the same fool who went on a 20+ blog tyrade before because he whined like a little girl that no one agreed with his dillusional points. The site even removed his blogs because of his bout with tourette’s syndrome that day. WE DID NOT FORGET THAT. HA! Peyton Manning? Do you want Sugar Plums and Unicorns too? Peyton is done and even in his best seasons he CHOKED in the playoffs! He doesnt even fit our team even if he was healthy. Try again dumb@ss.

  30. By rjdniner on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    I just saw were chargers are not going to Tag, Jackson, That would be NICE
    if we can get him for the right price .

  31. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    sorry guys, no matter how much you try, i will not believe that the world is flat, i know its round
    Alex is not a good QB, even your owncomments talk about this “if we get a good QB, then we have to pay more”
    how do you even have the energy to keep defending him?
    he sucks, if you want whats best for the team, then you want a good QB, not a “maybe someday he will be a decent QB”

  32. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    oh yeah, you guys are big fat doody heads for not believing the same way that i do, grow up

  33. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    which team would try to get Alex if he went to free agency?

  34. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex will be better, unicorns can fly, santa is coming to town, aliens are here, bigfoot is in my backyard, wtch out here comes the chupacabara, the Easter bunny will be here soon, tooth fairy gonna leave $ under your pillow………..

  35. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    let me tell you what scares me, JH was not a good QB either, when Jim McMahon left the bears there was nothing but disapointment with JH. I just hope that he doesnt relate to Alex just because they were/are subpar QBs, & keeps his feelings out of this & does what is best for the TEAM which is kick this guy to the curb, we want & deserve superbowls, Alex will not deliver, the rest of the team is absolutely as good as they can get

  36. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    i cannot wait to watch a niners game again, & when the new QB throws the ball, to actually have a hope that there will be a receiver there to catch it, its been sooooooooooooo long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex is one of the smartest players ever.
    What other NFL player has received as much $$$ as he has with as little success as he has????????
    seriously, who??????????????????
    $80 million for???????????sorry cannot think of anything that the defense didnt do for him & he actually earned himself

  38. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    ok lets talk, Alex supporters, give me legitimate reasons why he is a good QB, not the Saints game, our defense got five turnovers, he should have won!!
    give me legit reasons, dont call me names because you do not know me, & if we were face to face, trust me, you would be very, very quiet.
    so give me reasons, not the success of last season(that was our defense & special teams), give me the reasons why you are defending this guy????? why do you NOT want our team(not only to win) but to dominate like in the past??????????? the best he can do is be average, why is that ok with you??????? he is getting paid millions(more than most people make in their whole lives) he should be GREAT, not average, not maybe he will get better, he should be GREAT

  39. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    WE ARE THE 49ERS, WE SHOULD BE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so if you are happy with Alex, go to another team because, WE ARE THE 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    SHIP, i ill see u under the escalator on the first preseason game, PUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex, just go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex sucks & if i hear another one of you kooks support him, i will come threw this computer & pound you to the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. By jeromy on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    you are right rjdniner, but if Alex is sill there it doesnt matter cuz he couldnt hit the broad side of a large barn,no matter what receivers we have

  44. By jeromy on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    you speak the absolute truth Jeromy, you are wise beyond your years!!!!!!!!!

  45. By jeromy on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    hey, if you like Alex, you are a loser so keep yur freeeking mouth shut & suck on a gas pipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. By rjdniner on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Jeromy any body can hit the side of a barn . Hopfully with the FA/wr we could get, then Alex can prove to the niner nation that he is the MAN .To me when a QB gets his team to the playoffs two years in a row then he deserves the big money. I say sign him to a 3yr deal , if they can do that . If ALEX is the qb for the upcaming season or who ever is the qb , no matter i will always be a niner fan

  47. By rjdniner on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy, you still got your head in that dark gloud .

  48. By SHIP on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy…calling me a punk huh. Alright you lil b!tch. Why dont we meet in person and see how tough you are outside your moms basement in front of the laptop she is still making your payments on. You a loser and will always be loser and you don’t have the intellect to put words together to form a solid argument. You are below me in intellect and masculinity from the way you form your words and lack the confidence to debate without name calling, insults and many, many, many exclamation points. Son, I would beat yor @ss down, you an ankle biter barking at the wrong dog. I suggest you stick with your Warcraft games and leave the football talk to real men.

  49. By SHIP on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Jeromy…did you forget which alias you were using above? You gave yourself props trying to act like you someone else above. This is what you said about yourself: “you speak the absolute truth Jeromy, you are wise beyond your years!!!!!!!!!” You are so lame and pathetic. You like that fat girl who buys herself flowers sent to her office because she wants people to think she is desired, or that geek who rents an escort to act like he has a date. Man…you are soooo lame. HAHAHAHA.

  50. By SHIP on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Thats a joke…you worried about pc! Dude really you know nothing about me to challenge me. You live on your computer…and by the things you say I coudld tell you a dough boy who is a get none. 9 days means nothing to me except that you will still be a loser than too.

  51. By SHIP on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Lame + Pathetic = Jeromy. Jeromy is like that geek who will flip you off behind the wheel of his car but when you catch him stopping at a gas station has nothing to say except to roll his window up. You will keep barking ankle biter because you know you will never truly meet me. Talking about PC, do you even read what you type? What a joke you are? HAAHAA!

  52. By SHIP on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    I am done with you Jeromina unless you meet me in person. I have nothing else to type to your goofy @ss cuz unlike you I have a life.

  53. By dave g. on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    HAHAHAHA. Jeromy continues to show his idiocity with hilarious misinformed football facts. First off, from 1994 to 1997, Jim Harbaugh quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts just before Peyton was drafted & during the 1995–96 NFL playoffs he led the team to the AFC Championship game and came within one dropped play away from taking the Colts to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970.

  54. By dave g. on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    In January 2005, Harbaugh was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor as one of the most successful and popular players in the club’s Indianapolis era.

  55. By dave g. on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1995, was named Comeback Player of the Year and AFC Player of the Year, and was runner-up in the NFL MVP voting.

  56. By dave g. on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    Secondly..Bill Walsh was one of the best QB tutors of all time and what would be his NFL QB credentials be by your theory? Name one GREAT QB who became a great coach in teh NFL. Your football IQ is a joke and you continue to prove you lack credibility in what you think you know. HAHAHA..you did not disappoint in making us laugh ; )

  57. By True Niner Fan on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    I’m pretty sure Alex took my team to the championship game this year. He is a solid QB with E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E on the team including the coaches has his back. I guess Jeromy and 7 years have never been on any kind of team.
    Go Niners 2012

  58. By rjdniner on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hey JEROMYsounds like your momma didnt let you out of the house much .?

  59. By rjdniner on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    let me add to that ,your still there, is that true yes or no

  60. By Basil on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    seven: now I understand now that you know as much about Cooking as you do Football Nothing! Back under your rock!
    PS: take jeromy with ya!

  61. By rjdniner on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    BASIL . I would like to see the niners keep Snyder and let CHILO go he hasnt done much. So we can keep Ted Ginn as p/rt/wr.

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