The 49ers today signed Sacramento native Marlon Moore as they continue to rebuild a special teams that lapsed last season. Moore, who was a Dolphins free agent, signed a one-year deal.
The speedy Moore, 25, plays wide receiver, but he said he expected his initial impact would come on San Francisco's coverage units. He mostly served as a gunner on special teams in Miami, and he could pair with standout C.J. Spillman in that role.
Moore also started two games at receiver last season for the Dolphins, finishing the year with six catches - he averaged an impressive 19.3 yards a reception - and a touchdown. He also ran back two kickoffs for 51 yards.
The 6-foot, 190-pound wideout went from Natomas High to Fresno State where he handled 19 punts. He returned one of them 63 yards for a touchdown in 2008. He finished his career as a Bulldog with 90 catches for 1,374 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 49ers are not expected to retain return man Ted Ginn, who has made free-agent visits to Cincinnati and Carolina. Moore said he's mostly been used on coverage units with the Dolphins but that he has experience as a returner and would jump at the possibility to do that with the 49ers.
"I'm coming in here with an open mind, and I'm ready to work for whatever need they want me to fill," he said on a conference call.
Earlier this month, the 49ers traded for veteran receiver Anquan Boldin, who is likely to start opposite Michael Crabtree in 2013. Moore will join a group of young players at the position - Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall and Joe Hastings - who presumably will battle for a spot on the roster and perhaps playing time.
Moore is known for his speed, and he ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash before the 2010 draft. He went undrafted and was signed by the Dolphins. The 49ers have another Sacramento area native, offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins (Elk Grove), on the roster. Wiggins also played at Fresno State. Another player, linebacker Larry Grant (Foothill), is a free agent.
Moore said his father, Ernie, passed away in 2008 and that being signed by a team so close to home made the event extra special. "My dad wanted me to continue working and focusing on my dream, because it was also his dream," Moore said. ". ... I give a lot of love to my father and give a lot of love to my mother and brother for where I'm at now."
Boldin, meanwhile, is expected to take his physical and formally sign with the 49ers on Wednesday.
-- Matt Barrows