As has been speculated around the internet and specifically here at BCC, the Jaguars should be a team in play for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, March 13. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea has said repeatedly that the Jaguars could be a team in play for the receiver and did so again this morning, saying that "Jacksonville is expected to make a competitive play for Morgan."
"Former 49ers assistant Jerry Sullivan, who thinks highly of Morgan, was hired as the Jaguars wide receivers coach in January."
There have been reports from Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee that the 49ers have had negotiations with Morgan for a new contract, but with five days until free agency, his future with the team is still in question. Our own Alfie Crow contacted the 49ers SBNation blog, Niners Nation, for their opinion on Morgan last week.
Josh Morgan is a guy I really hope the 49ers re-sign. At the same time, the rumor mill is heating up that people view Morgan as a solid option behind the big names on the market. He's not a huge guy or a big deep threat, but he is a very solid complementary receiver. He has solid hands, runs solid routes, and does some great work after the catch. He is a great locker room guy and is quite popular with the rest of the team.
His numbers are not particularly great in part because he has been in some fairly anemic offenses to date. He actually was ready to take a starting job alongside Isaac Bruce right out of the gates in his rookie season back in 2008. However, he suffered a staph infection and then dealt with some other injuries during the season.
Injuries have been an issue at times for Morgan, although I would not necessarily call him injury-prone. This past year he got off to a strong start and was the team's leading receiver before he broke his leg week five against the Bucs. Even though he is heading into free agency, he has remained with the 49ers throughout the season and into the offseason. Part of that is having access to the team's medical staff, but most 49ers fans hope it also is a sign he wants to return to San Francisco. If his value is more than the 49ers are looking to pay, they will let him walk.
Morgan has 131 career receptions, 1,764 career receiving yards and nine career touchdowns in four seasons with the 49ers. His 2011 season was cut short by a broken leg in early October that held him out of the last 11 games of the season for San Francisco.