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March 14, 2012
Source: 49ers showing interest in WR Laurent Robinson


The list of free-agent wide receivers is rapidly shrinking, and the 49ers are looking the ones that are left. One of the names: Dallas free agent Laurent Robinson (6-2, 194), who had a breakout season in 2011, which included 11 touchdowns. According to a league source, the 49ers called last night to say they were interested.

Robinson, 26, bounced around from the Falcons to the Rams before landing in Dallas last year. He ended up starting four games and finishing with 54 catches for 858 yards and a 15.9 yards-per-catch average.

It's unknown at this point whether Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers will get a chance to meet with Robinson. His first trip was to Jacksonville. He's still there, and Robinson may decide that the receiver-needy Jaguars are his best bet. The Cowboys also would like to re-sign him. Two other teams are interested, one of which is the 49ers.

Raiders free agent receiver Chaz Schilens has visited the 49ers and Rams free agent Brandon Lloyd reportedly is on the way.

Meanwhile, receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn will visit the Lions, according to a report by Anwar Richardson from MLive.com. Ginn took over as the team's No. 2 wide receiver after Joshua Morgan was hurt and Braylon Edwards released.

His biggest impact, however, was as a sure-handed return man. If the 49ers lose Ginn to another team, they will have to find a punt returner, either through free agency, or through the draft.

-- 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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