Hester: 49ers were a finalist for services

Hester: 49ers were a finalist for services
March 21, 2014, 8:15 am
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Devin Hester signed a reported three-year, $9 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday. (USATSI)

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The 49ers have yet to land a player who could conceivably complement possession receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, but they have shown interest in several candidates.

Devin Hester, generally considered a return specialist, said on a Friday morning conference call via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that he narrowed his free agent decision to five teams, including the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Hester, 31, signed a reported three-year, $9 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

[RELATED: Falcons ink return specialist Hester]

Hester caught 217 passes for 2,807 yards over six seasons as a wide receiver with the Chicago Bears. He concentrated last season solely on return duties. He has 18 career returns for touchdowns (13 on punts and five on kickoffs).

LaMichael James settled into a role last season as the 49ers’ primary return man. James averaged 10.9 yards 23 punt returns; and 26.8 yards on 12 kick returns.

Golden Tate, Julian Edelman, Emmanuel Sanders and Hakeem Nicks are other wide receivers with whom the 49ers have been associated during the first two weeks of the new league year.

Two sources told CSNBayArea.com the 49ers do not currently appear interested in trading for Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who is scheduled to make $10.5 million in salary this season.

[RELATED: Report: 49ers inquired about Eagles WR Jackson]


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