- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Sacramento Bee and CSNBayArea.com first reported the news on Monday.
Carrier had nine receptions for 105 yards last season and, according to Pro Football Focus, his two catches on throws of at least 20 yards led all Niners tight ends in that category as starter Vernon Davis, who is entering the final year of his contract, only had one such catch.
Plus, Carrier impressed the 49ers with his blocking as PFF gave him a plus-1.9 run-blocking grade.
But Carrier, who also had five special-teams tackles last season, had his season cut short as he was placed on injured reserve with a foot issue on Nov. 27.