49ers re-sign special-teams ace Kassim Osgood

Harbaugh expects 'major contributions' from Osgood

49ers re-sign special-teams ace Kassim Osgood
September 11, 2013, 8:00 am
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Kassim Osgood will earn $55,295 for every week he’s on the team’s roster. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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UPDATE at 11 a.m. PT: The 49ers announced early Wednesday they have placed LB Nick Moody on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return List. This will create room for Kassim Osgood on the 49ers' 53-man roster. Moody sustained a broken right hand in the season-opener. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Moody will miss seven weeks.

The 49ers re-signed veterans special-teams ace Kassim Osgood, who was among the team’s final cuts before the start of the regular season.

The 49ers must create roster space to officially add Osgood to the team’s 53-man roster. Osgood, who begins his 11th NFL season, was a three-time Pro Bowl special-teams player with the San Diego Chargers. Osgood attended North Salinas High.

The most likely scenario is that the 49ers place rookie linebacker Nick Moody on injured reserve. He was spotted in the locker room Tuesday with a large wrap on his right hand. Moody would be a candidate for the one "designated to return" option, which would allow him to return to the 53-man roster later in the season.

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Because of his veteran status, Osgood would have been guaranteed his entire $940,000 for the season had the 49ers retained him on their season-opening roster. Now, Osgood will earn $55,295 for every week he’s on the team’s roster.

Osgood is also listed as a wide receiver, but he is not expected to contribute on the 49ers’ offense. The 49ers currently have six other wide receivers on their 53-man roster: Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin and Chris Harper.

Osgood (6 foot 5, 220 pounds) has 44 receptions for 749 yards and five touchdowns in his 10-year, 152-game NFL career. He played his first seven seasons with the Chargers before spending two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and last year with the Detroit Lions. He did not catch a pass in 16 games with the Lions.