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January 23, 2009
49ers sign return specialist

The 49ers have signed return man Micheal Spurlock to a futures contract, according to the league's transaction report. The 5-10, 214-pound Spurlock played for the Buccaneers in 2007. That season, he returned 16 kicks for 444 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown. In fact, that return was the first kickoff return for a touchdown in Buccaneers history. (see below) He also returned four punts for 30 yards. Spurlock played wide receiver at Ole Miss and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals in 2006. He spent last season on Tampa Bay's practice squad.

Buccaneer Michael Spurlock Kickoff Touchdown Return!

Futures contracts are low-risk deals that typically involve back ups and practice-squad players. Spurlock's signing is notable because the 49ers' return man last season, Allen Rossum, will be a free agent at the end of next month.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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