49ers Free Agents: Maintaining Lines Of Communication

Following the wrap of the franchise tag period, everybody in the 49ers world took some time to discuss the wide receiver position (Maiocco, Barrows, Lam). Many of us are operating under the assumption that the 49ers are going to pursue some of the various wide receivers available next Tuesday. The team will be adding receivers in some form or fashion due to the fact that only three receivers are signed for 2012. However, we really don't know what types of receivers the 49ers will be looking for in a week's time.

In Maiocco's post (linked above), he mentioned that the team is keeping the lines of communication open with both Joshua Morgan and Ted Ginn Jr. Although neither is particularly surprising, I am curious to see what the 49ers decide to do with Ginn. He was a spectacular return man for the 49ers over the last two years as he was among the league leaders in both punt returns and kick returns.

At the same time, his receiving skills continue to leave a little something to be desired. As a return man he is most definitely worth bringing back. The question is whether the 49ers can get enough in the receiving game to justify the signing. I would argue even on the low end as a receiver he is well worth the cost because of the impact he has once he gets the ball in his hands. I don't think we'll see a significant bidding war for Ginn, but given how solid he has been as a return man, I would not be surprised to see somebody push the cost a little past what the 49ers are comfortable spending on Ginn.

If Ginn ends up walking, what becomes of the primary kick and punt returner?

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