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49ers working to re-sign free agent receiver Morgan

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Two sources tell the Sacramento Bee that the 49ers are making a “strong push” to re-sign wide receiver Josh Morgan in advance of Tuesday’s free agency commencement. Morgan has been with the team since 2008.

Though Morgan has totaled only 1,764 yards and nine touchdowns across four NFL seasons, the Niners think more highly of the 26-year-old than his stats indicate. Specifically, according to the Bee’s Matt Barrows, the 49ers view Morgan’s production “more as an indication of the 49ers’ lackluster passing attacks” than his ability.

Morgan is a well-built 6-foot and 219 pounds, and he’s considered a strong blocking receiver. Morgan ran a 4.47 forty-yard dash coming out of Virginia Tech and has flashed the ability to stretch defenses vertically as well as rack up yards after the catch.

Some speculation and reports have connected Morgan to the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he’d have no trouble cracking the starting lineup. But the Niners want Morgan back to be their No. 2, lining up opposite Michael Crabtree.

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22 Responses to “49ers working to re-sign free agent receiver Morgan”
  1. brownsclown says: Mar 11, 2012 4:52 PM

    Why not bring back Braylon Edwards?
    Something wrong with his work ethic?
    Study habits?
    Route Running?
    All of the above?

  2. cali49er707 says: Mar 11, 2012 4:52 PM

    that would be big, morgan was a HUGE loss during the season sign him 9ers

  3. cletusvandam says: Mar 11, 2012 5:01 PM

    I’m glad to hear this. I’ve always liked Josh Morgan, but I really hope that the 49ers don’t consider this the “upgrading” of the wr’s they need to do.

  4. The Buffer Zone says: Mar 11, 2012 5:06 PM

    Josh Morgan is a very good & underrated receiver…if the 49ers don’t hold on to him, he’s going to make some team very happy.

  5. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 11, 2012 5:09 PM

    Since Crabtree will probably miss camp again due to a hangnail or something, any other receivers they have will get plenty of touches in the pre-season.

  6. dbones750 says: Mar 11, 2012 5:09 PM

    As a Giants fan, I hope they re-sign Kyle Williams.

  7. 4evrnyt says: Mar 11, 2012 5:14 PM


    I read that he totally disengaged from the team when he got hurt and never pushed himself to get back on the field.

  8. jagsfanugh says: Mar 11, 2012 5:16 PM

    The Jags could use another receiver. Oh wait, he would be with another pathetic passing team.

  9. oo9er says: Mar 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    At this point it is open season for the 49ers when it comes to wide receivers. Michael Crabtree is expendable especially cause of his rookie contract, josh Morgan a 1 year 3 million dollar deal with 1mil guaranteed is very fair and if he does better we can resign him. Ted Ginn suddenly disappeared at the end of the season, Kyle Williams (smh)

    At this point drafting a wide receiver and maybe signing one could just take us beyond.

    The 49ers are a team that have so much leverage “have not seen that since the patriots first super bowl” …

  10. bettis3636 says: Mar 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    This is because they KNOW Pittsburgh isnt going to let Mike Wallace walk…

    The next headline needs to be… 49ers Cut 1st RD BUST Crabtree!!!

  11. theysone says: Mar 11, 2012 5:40 PM

    The Niners need Morgan back. He’s shown flashes of brilliance, and he was looking like he was going to have a breakout year before he broke his leg in garbage time in a blowout against the Bucs. He was the best receiver on the team up to that point. The Niners have said they want him back. Make it happen, long term.

  12. uberniner says: Mar 11, 2012 6:15 PM

    Morgan is a good man, too, a character guy. Sign him.

  13. duncanthecat says: Mar 11, 2012 6:40 PM

    The Redskins have there eye on this guy.

  14. sweetzinger says: Mar 11, 2012 6:42 PM

    Morgan or Crabtree, one or the other, not both. I love what Morgan brings to the table, and I love the ability that Crabtree could possibly bring. But neither is fast enough, and the only thing handicapping this team is the lack of a legitimate #1 receiver, and possibly another really, really good receiver. Two #2 receivers won’t cut it.

  15. aztec1979 says: Mar 11, 2012 6:48 PM

    We need this guy! Sign him Baalke!

  16. ninersforlife15 says: Mar 11, 2012 7:20 PM

    I would love to see Morgan come back to the 49ers but we still need to upgrade the WR corp. if Morgan does sign then I’m looking for the 49ers to upgrade that position more in the draft with a guy like Stephen Hill or Alshon Jeffery. Heck they may even trade up to get Floyd. They may even still take to free agency and get a so-so upgrade at WR. Maybe even Moss….. Bottom line is that we need to upgrade at that position.

  17. phelbin says: Mar 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Let me first say that I really hope they resign Morgan. But I don’t buy into the conventional thinking that says they NEED better receivers. They made it to the NFC championship with one WR, and the Pats made the superbowl with one slot receiver.

    I’d be more than happy if the Niners added another TE to really run the Harbaugh offense. If they did that, Crabtree and Morgan would be more than enough.

  18. stylinandprofilin says: Mar 11, 2012 8:57 PM

    duncanthecat says

    The Redskins have there eye on this guy…..I have heard the same thing.

  19. brownbuddha says: Mar 11, 2012 9:16 PM

    The playing #2 to Crabtree makes me think you don’t know anything about Te 49ers. He became the #1 only because Morgan went down. I want Morgan back, bad. Kyle Williams in the slot and Crabtree and Ginn on the open market. There is some 6th round pick out there that can run back kicks. Probably not as well as Ginn, but much better price. And maybe that guy will even be able to play a little WR. Crabtree is a huge BUST. Just walk away.

  20. shackdelrio says: Mar 12, 2012 8:27 AM

    Come to Jacksonville.

  21. 49erlifer says: Mar 12, 2012 12:11 PM

    dbones750 says:Mar 11, 2012 5:09 PM

    As a Giants fan, I hope they re-sign Kyle Williams.

  22. badhayes says: Mar 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    Jags need a decent receiver. J Morgan is a good receiver but not the answer their looking for. M Colston is their target in free agency but will settle for Morgan. Jags will over pay him if he comes. May be a good 2nd option receiver behind Floyd. Go Jags!!!

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