Earlier this evening, Jason LaCanfora tweeted that free agent tight end Cameron Morrah is signing with the San Francisco 49ers. His signing would give the 49ers five tight ends, although two of them include defensive end Demarcus Dobbs and long snapper Brian Jennings.
Morrah was originally drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. He played three seasons, hauling in 32 receptions for 194 yards. He spent last season on injured reserve with a toe injury. Here are some comments from Scouts Inc:
Morrah is a slightly undersized tight end with good downfield speed and solid route-running skills. He shows good release quickness and has the ability to drop his hips to get in and out of his breaks with foot quickness and a short burst to separate from coverage. He looks comfortable catching the ball with his hands and can extend to snare the ball away from his frame. He is not an aggressive or powerful blocker and does not show a lot of confidence or strength when going for the ball in a crowd.
If you want a quality read on Morrah, check out something Danny Kelly put together over at Field Gulls. Danny was writing about the use of the "Joker" tight end in Seattle, and he used Morrah as a prime example. This is fitting given that Walker fit the Joker role quite well, playing a mix of tight end, wide receiver and fullback.
The 49ers let Delanie Walker walk in free agency, which means they will need to find somebody to replace his significant number of snaps. Although Vernon Davis is the starting tight end, the 49ers ran a sizable volume of their offense out of two or more tight end sets. Morrah is likely signing for minimal dollars, meaning he is getting a chance to compete for a roster spot, and not a whole lot more. This kind of move allows the 49ers to bring in more talent in the draft, and really just let things shake out as they may.