The wide receiver position has been the biggest point of discussion to date as we consider the numerous options facing the 49ers. The existing wide receivers have upside but struggled to produce at times. Additionally, there is the simple fact that the team only has three wide receivers are currently under contract for 2012.
While we ponder whether the 49ers should make a run at Mike Wallace or Vincent Jackson or Stevie Johnson, or whether the 49ers should draft Stephen Hill or Rueben Randle or Marvin Jones (my guy!), they still have some internal options to consider. Most notably is free agent Joshua Morgan.
Although Morgan's numbers have not been spectacular during his career, much of that can be attributed to an offense that has been wildly inconsistent. Morgan is a talented receiver, and it seems like the rest of the league might have been taking notice. Matt Maiocco mentioned how there was some buzz at the NFL Combine surrounding Morgan. We don't know how much is an agent pushing a player's name, but he has quietly been coming up as a possible option for team's not looking to break the bank on the big name receivers.
It has been interesting to read about Morgan spending a lot of time at the 49ers facility into the offseason. I'd imagine part of that is due to access to the medical facilities while he is still a part of the team. However, I also have my fingers crossed that it means he is likely to return. I think he is a fantastic complementary receiver that would be a significant boon to the 49ers if healthy in 2012.
Maiocco offered up a little bit of speculation about the Jacksonville Jaguars potentially being a team that could get in the mix. In adding Jerry Sullivan as receivers coach, there is a very distinct connection to Morgan. Could it be enough? My thought for now is that Morgan wants to see where the market places him before agreeing to any sort of deal with the 49ers. He is one free agent I really would like to see return to San Francisco.