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2012 NFL Free Agency: Looks Like the 49ers Are Losing WR Morgan to Redskins

A Broken Leg in Week 5 of the 2011 Season Will Likely Be Morgan's Final Moment On The Field In Red And Gold.
A Broken Leg in Week 5 of the 2011 Season Will Likely Be Morgan's Final Moment On The Field In Red And Gold.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Brandon BurnettContributor IIIMarch 13, 2012

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that former 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan is on the verge of signing with the Washington Redskins.

Shortly after Pierre Garcon announced he would be heading to Washington, Schefter reported the Redskins are now pursuing Morgan and the two parties are close to a contract agreement.

While Redskins owner Dan Snyder is quite adamant about boosting his team's corps of receivers to prepare for selecting Robert Griffin III in the NFL draft, the potential signing of Morgan will leave San Francisco rather thin at the position.

The 49ers did agree to a one-year deal with the previously retired Randy Moss, but wide receiver remained a position of need regardless of Morgan's decision. Moss is an intriguing experiment, but the 35-year-old is by no means a long-term option at the position.

Several high-end receivers have already been scooped up on free agency's opening day, so if Trent Baalke and Co. do not act quickly then they'll have to consider trading up for a top-tier receiver in the NFL draft.

Mike Wallace is still an option if the 49ers are willing to cough up their first-round pick for the Steelers' restricted free agent. However, the 25-year-old possesses that explosive big-play ability coveted by teams across the league and his price may rise too high for San Francisco's taste.

With so much uncertainty surrounding a position that was rather disappointing for the 49ers a season ago, something clearly must be done.

How do you envision the front office handling this dilemma?

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