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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Jim Harbaugh explains need for third WR

By Bill Williamson

Thanks to Jacksonville Jaguars NFL nation reporter Michael DiRocco, I have some notes to pass along from Jim Harbaugh’s breakfast media session.

The San Francisco 49ers considered adding a veteran receiver in free agency, and they likely will use an early round pick at the position. The 49ers ran the fewest three-receiver sets in the NFL in 2013. It is clear Harbaugh is looking to change that.

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“Yeah. No. 3 receiver, a third guy that can get open, make plays, another option for the quarterback to go to,” Harbaugh said. “A chance to attack areas of the field. A playmaker. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Harbaugh will continue to look at rookie quarterbacks. He said he will work out Derek Carr of Fresno State and David Fales of San Jose State soon. Carr could be a first-round pick, which would likely take the 49ers out of consideration. Fales could be a mid-to-late-round pick. The 49ers will likely add a quarterback in the draft. Harbaugh has been looking at other quarterbacks this spring.

Harbaugh said trade addition Jonathan Martin could be used some at guard. Martin, a tackle, has said he’s never played guard, but he is willing to try. Martin will be the team’s swing tackle. However, in 2015, the team might be looking for a new guard if Mike Iupati leaves in free agency. So Martin could be a possibility there.

Harbaugh said he believes running back Frank Gore has three more good seasons in him. Gore, who will be 31 in May (ancient in running backs years) had another outstanding season in 2013. He ran for 1,128 yards.

Harbaugh repeated that he is happy in San Francisco.

“Yeah, I mean I love coaching this team,” Harbaugh said. “I love the players, I love the coaches and the organization they serve, and want to be here for a very long time.”

Harbaugh has two more seasons on his contract. Ownership has made it known it would like to extend his deal soon.