The 49ers have reached agreement with tight end Derek Carrier on a two-year deal worth as much as $3.3 million, a league source said.
Carrier, who played wide receiver at Beloit College, caught only nine passes for 105 yards last season. But he made considerable strides as a blocker and impressed 49ers officials with his speed and athleticism in practice. The team envisions a growing role for him in coming seasons.
The 49ers’ top tight end, Vernon Davis, is coming off a down year and heading into the final year of his contract. The 49ers also have tight ends Vance McDonald and Garrett Celek on the roster, but both dealt with back injuries last year. Asante Cleveland (Christian Brothers) and Xavier Grimble round out the roster at the position.
Carrier was scheduled to be a restricted free agent next season.
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