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June 4, 2013
Even more special teams help: 49ers sign WR Osgood, cut WR Hastings

The 49ers on Tuesday signed free agent receiver Kassim Osgood, yet another player with a reputation for his special teams play. Osgood, 33, is entering his 11th season. At 6-5, 220, he easily is the 49ers' biggest wide receiver.

To make room, the team released receiver Joe Hastings, who made the active roster midway through the 2011 season but was released prior to 2012.

He spent last year with the Lions and had no starts and no catches. However, he made the Pro Bowl in 2006, 2007 and 2009 as a special teams ace, and he adds to a growing list of 49ers acquisitions with special teams backgrounds.

The team already has signed Dan Skuta, Marlon Moore, and on Monday, Ray Ventrone to compete for spots on the coverage units. The 49ers also used a sixth-round pick on Nick Moody, an inside linebacker who stood out on special teams in college.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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