The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed wide receiver/special teamer Kassim Osgood to a one-year deal, according to one of Ian Rapaport’s many sources around the league.
This is a good signing for San Francisco. Assuming Osgood did not take up much cap space–which, this far into free agency, is highly unlikely–the 49ers were able to retain one of their biggest impact special teamers for a minimal salary. Considering the fact that Anthony Dixon has moved on to try his luck with the Buffalo Bills, it was important for San Francisco to either retain Osgood or rebuild their much-improved special teams, especially on kick coverage.
Osgood is by no means young–he will soon turn 34–but he was incredibly effective after he came in last year. As Bill Williamson of ESPN.com notes, Jim Harbaugh raved about Osgood’s “Pizzaz.” The 49ers have retained a hard-working veteran that helped to significantly improve special teams for what would seem to be a low price. No complaints here. True, the 49ers need to get younger across the board, but there are positions where rebuilding is a little bit higher of a priority–namely cornerback and wide receiver. Incidentally, these positions often lend themselves to good special teams players, even if they are not great at their primary positions. So hopefully Osgood will be able to continue playing at a high level this next year while San Francisco figures out other positions and what to do next at special teams.