49ers Bring Back Osgood

The 49ers will retain free-agent wide receiver Kassim Osgood, bringing the 11-year veteran back on a one-year deal to compete for a job on special teams.

The San Francisco 49ers will be bringing back core special teamer and wide receiver Kassim Osgood for a second season.

Osgood, 33, played well in both kick and punt coverage for the 49ers in his first season with the team in 2013. His year was highlighted by a blocked punt that led to a field goal in December's 19-17 win over the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks. He also recovered a muffed punt in the end zone in Week 7's win in Tennessee to seal a 31-17 victory.

His deal is worth $955,000 - the minimum for an 11-year veteran - according to a report from the Sacramento Bee citing a source at the league's owners' meetings in Orlando.

With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree the starters, Osgood will likely continue his role on special teams while San Francisco continues to add players to the position in the coming draft. The 49ers will have six of the first 100 picks and are likely to use at least one of those on a wideout, possibly with their first selection at No. 30 overall.

Osgood made one catch in 2013, good for 17 yards in the Week 16 win over the Falcons to close out Candlestick Park. San Francisco brought Osgood in to solidify its special teams units that had lapses the previous year, including a touchdown allowed to Jacoby Jones at the start of the second half of the Super Bowl which the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Ravens.

The three-time Pro Bowler for his work on special teams played opposite standout gunner C.J. Spillman on punt coverage giving the 49ers one of the best duos in the NFL. But at his advanced age with the team likely to add players that will also vie for special teams roles, Osgood's roster spot is far from assured.

The former San Diego State Aztec and Cal Poly Mustang attended North Salinas High School in Salinas, Calif. He regularly does mixed martial arts training in San Louis Obispo and has worked regularly with former MMA Star Chuck Liddell.


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