Marvel Smith goes west

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The starting left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first week of 2008 will be wearing another uniform in 2009.

According to ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli, former Pittsburgh offensive lineman Marvel Smith agreed to a multiyear deal with the San Francisco 49ers Friday.

The Steelers did not pursue Smith, 30, in part because of his history with back problems. Former backup Max Starks also filled in well for Smith at left tackle for the final 11 games last season and was re-signed by the Steelers, which sealed Smith's departure.

Smith, an Oakland native, played in Pittsburgh for nine seasons and made it to the Pro Bowl in 2004.