Thearon W. Henderson
The 49ers added another wide receiver on Tuesday. Former Dolphins WR Marlon Moore will compete on special teams initially, but could get some shots on offense.
The 49ers made an under-the-radar signing on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with wide receiver Marlon Moore. The former Dolphins receiver was a restricted free agent, but the Dolphins elected not to tender him an offer (much like the 49ers did with Darcel McBath).
Moore is 6', 190 pounds and originally signed with the Dolphins in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. In three seasons with the Dolphins, he appeared in 29 games (two starts), collecting 12 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns. For 49ers fans, the most notable aspect of his play might be the fact that he burned Janoris Jenkins and new 49ers safety Craig Dahl on a touchdown last season.
Moore chatted with the 49ers media after the signing (AUDIO) and had a chance to discuss his expected role. Although Moore said there had not been a lot of discussion about his role, he seemed to have a pretty good idea of expectations. He said he figured to make a name for himself as a gunner on special teams first, and then make his mark on the offense second.
Given the 49ers wide receiver depth, this is not a shocking revelation. There will be some special teams spots open, but at this point, the wide receiver position looks to have five spots locked up by Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams and A.J. Jenkins. The team also retained Chad Hall from last season, signed Joe Hastings to a one year deal earlier this offseason, and signed Ricardo Lockette to a reserve/future contract. I suspect they want plenty of bodies in case Manningham or Williams struggle coming back from their knee injuries.