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March 24, 2014
49ers to re-sign WR Kassim Osgood

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ORLANDO -- As expected, the 49ers will bring back special teams standout Kassim Osgood for 2014, according to a league source at the owner's meeting in Orlando. He is set to earn the league minimum for an 11-year veteran, $955,000. The 49ers signed Osgood, 33, as a free agent last season, and along with fellow veteran Ray Ventrone, he solidified a special teams coverage unit that had lapsed in 2012.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Osgood finished with 12 tackles on special teams to go along with one reception for 17 yards that came in the Candlestick Park finale against Atlanta on Dec. 23. The 49ers tied for third in the NFL in kickoff coverage. They finished 13th in punt coverage.

Osgood joins a wide-receiving corps on which Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree will be the starters and that also includes Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Devin Wylie, Brandon Carswell, Chuck Jacobs, David Reed and DeMarco Sampson. The 49ers also are expected to use an early draft pick on a receiver.

Also today, general manager Trent Baalke reiterated his stance that the 49ers have not contacted the Eagles about receiver DeSean Jackson. Reports have consistently linked the 49ers to the former Cal star for the last week.

-- 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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