49ers sign TE Bear Pascoe to 4-year contract

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you missed it, check out our man ProfessorBigelow's bio on Bear from late last month.

The 49ers announced today they have signed rookie tight end Bear Pascoe to a 4-year contract.  Pascoe, a sixth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is the fourth of the 49ers seven draft picks to sign a contract.

Pascoe (6-5, 251) was a two-time All-WAC selection at Fresno State, where he played in 45 games (37 starts) and hauled in 112 passes for 1,294 yards and 10 touchdowns. He blocked a school-record six kicks during his career, ranking him ninth in NCAA history.  He's a native of Porterville, CA.

In 2008, Pascoe started 12 games and recorded 40 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career year in 2007, catching 45 passes for 553 yards and four touchdowns in 12 starts. Pascoe started 12 games in 2006, finishing with 22 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns. As a redshirt freshman, he played in 13 games and caught five passes for 34 yards. After being recruited as a quarterback out of high school, Pascoe made the switch to tight end and redshirted as a true freshman.

We continue to await the signing of Michael Crabtree, but for now the team is otherwise taking care of its business.  Always good to see rookies get their deals taken care of as soon as possible.

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