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With Lattimore in Doubt, San Francisco 49ers Extend Hunter with 1-year Deal

November 3rd, 2014 at 11:38 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers took care of one of their pending free-agents a bit sooner than expected. The Niners extended running back Kendall Hunter with a one-year deal that goes through the 2015 season.

Hunter tore his ACL in his right knee during training camp back in July and has been on the injured reserve for the entire season. The fourth-year pro entered camp as the teams primary back up running back. Since being drafted by the Niners back in 2011 out of Oklahoma State, Hunter has been as solid as they come, rushing for seven touchdowns and averaging 4.6 ypc on 262 career rushes, with just two fumbles.

49ers General Mangaer Trent Baalke stated earlier in the year that the team would like to keep Hunter on board when the season winds down. Since then, the team has released LaMichael James and the continued knee issues of promising tailback Marcus Lattimore has increased Hunters value significantly.

Whispers began surfacing this past weekend about the possibility of Lattimore retiring. The ongoing and strenuous rehab Lattimore has put in to overcome two devastating knee injuries has taken its toll, both mentally and physically. Once believed to be the next great running back, the South Carolina product is developing into one of the biggest "what if's" to come out of college.

There is also the lingering question on what to do with starting running back Frank Gore. Gore is in the final year of his contract, and at age 32, the 49ers all-time leading rusher has several miles on his brilliant resume, which gives it some uncertainty moving forward.

Rookie Carlos Hyde assumed the role of the primary back up this season and is seen as being Gore's heir apparent, whether that will come next season remains to be seen. Regardless, the Niners now have at least two running backs under contract for next season.

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