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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
49ers evening notes

By Bill Williamson

The San Francisco 49ers haven't had much of a Stanford influence on the roster since they hired Coach Jim Harbaugh away from the Farm three years ago.

For a moment Tuesday night, it looked like it could change. Fox Sports reported the 49ers were one of three teams showing interest in Minnesota running back Toby Gerhart, who starred for Harbaugh at Stanford.

However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported shortly afterward that Gerhart is signing with Jacksonville. Frankly, the 49ers have a crowded backfield and there isn't a great immediate need for a running back, so losing out on Gerhart isn't a big deal. Still, I could see why Harbaugh and his staff (many of whom were with him at Stanford) would kick the tires on Gerhart.

The team will likely not bring back free-agent running back Anthony Dixon, who tweeted out Tuesday that he will visit Tennessee on Wednesday.

As expected, the team cut cornerback Carlos Rogers with a post-June 1 designation. It will save more than $6 million in cap room.

The 49ers showed some pre-free agency interest in receiver/returner Dexter McCluster, but he quickly signed with the Titans.

Tarell Brown's market has been slow. The cornerback class is deep. It could take a little time. The 49ers want him back.

Kicker Phil Dawson's extension is for two years. It could be the 39-year-old's final two NFL seasons.