The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed WR Marlon Moore to a one-year contract. Moore originally broke into the league in 2010, as an undrafted free-agent with the Miami Dolphins. In three seasons with Dolphins, Moore caught 12 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns. A native of Sacramento, Moore will be competing for the fourth wide receiver spot with WR A.J. Jenkins and WR Kyle Williams.
There is no guarantee Moore will make the 53-man roster, as I believe he was merely signed to brew competition with the other two wide receivers. Harbaugh loves to breed competition and bringing a hungry player like Moore, may just be what the doctor ordered. Moore not known for his production does have blazing speed, evident by his career average of 20.3 yards per reception. The knock on Moore however is his questionable hands. Moore has the speed and big bodied frame to separate from defenders, but lacks the knack for making tough catches in traffic.
I would not think of Moore’s signing as a sure thing but rather a ploy to push the other players on the roster. Last year, the 49ers signed LB Ikaika Alama-Francis from the Dolphins and later released him right before season. The 49ers looking for that deep threat will continue their search in both free-agency and the upcoming draft.
Fun Fact: The picture above shows new 49ers safety Craig Dahl being beat for a touchdown by Moore.