Notes: 49ers reach out to Josh Freeman

SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL Network reported the San Francisco 49ers are among one of the teams that reached out to quarterback Josh Freeman. This is not surprising.

If Freeman is determined to start right away, this is not the place for him. But if he wants to be a backup, get supreme coaching and get a chance to be a starter down the road, being the backup in San Francisco could work. But in the end, I think he will get an offer in which his road to the field is shorter.

CBS reported the 49ers reached out to free-agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour after pass-rusher Aldon Smith went to an alcohol treatment center nearly two weeks ago. But the report said the two sides could not come close to financial terms. Seymour would be a rotational player for the 49ers and they don’t have much cap room, so they’d likely not offer much.

• ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the government shutdown is delaying 49ers safety Donte Whitner from dropping the W in his name and becoming Donte Hitner. Whitner's lawyer has filed the paperwork in his home state of Ohio, but it cannot be processed until the government shutdown is over and federal employees are back to work.

Then, once they get back to work, the NFL expects it to take another six weeks for the paperwork to be filed with the league office. Plus, the league still has not decided if it would allow a player to change his legal name on a jersey in-season. Thus, it may take some time before the name change is reflected on his jersey.