In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers announced that they have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with rookie Marcus Lattimore. It sounds like it was a pretty straightforward deal, with Ian Rapoport mentioning there was no extra injury protection or "funny business" in the contract. I was curious how the injury would impact it, but for now it seems like all is relatively normal.
Lattimore discussed his current rehab with the Associated Press amidst a press push for his work with First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina. He partnered with First Choice to encourage teens and young people to make regular medical visits, even if they don't have serious issues.
Lattimore is anxious to get back on the field, but he has accepted what the 49ers doctors and trainers have set in place for him. The team has not ruled him out for 2013, but Coach Harbaugh has made it clear that if the team does need to sit him until 2014, they are prepared for that.
The running back position is one of tremendous depth, and it can be easy to overlook that depth after Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. Anthony Dixon remains hard at work to earn his 2013 roster spot, and we still don't know what to make of Jewel Hampton. The 49ers may get nothing out of Hampton, but considering they moved him to the 53-man roster after he spent much of the 2012 season on the non-football injury list, I think that says something.
For now though, we'll be taking a wait-and-see approach. The 49ers are in a position to be patient, and we get to sit there with them as we wait and salivate over the possibilities.