When newly-extended linebacker Ahmad Brooks spoke with reporters Tuesday, he said he had been at team headquarters that day working out. Teammates who were also in the weight room that morning, according to Brooks: defensive end Justin Smith, running back Anthony Dixon, defensive end Ray McDonald and wide receiver Joshua Morgan, who also is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
After Morgan broke his leg Oct. 9, head coach Jim Harbaugh said that he wanted the receiver to be part of the organization moving forward. "We've told him that, and we'll make that a priority," Harbaugh said at the time.
Still, no deal was struck during the season. The two sides have begun talking about a contract extension, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions, but nothing is imminent. Morgan is expected to reach free agency on March 13 where he feels he could become a hot commodity.
Morgan's statistics never have been eye-popping since the 49ers drafted him in the sixth round in 2008. But that is due in large part to the underwhelming passing offenses Morgan has been part of. Prospective teams may look at his age - 26 -- his toughness, durability and his potential and conclude that he would be a wiser purchase in free agency than many of the other receivers in the upcoming free-agent class.