Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers re-signed fullback Moran Norris to a three-year contract Monday, welcoming back the burly run-blocker after releasing him last summer.
Norris, an eight-year NFL veteran and Kansas University product, played for the 49ers from 2006-07. He was the lead blocker for Frank Gore when the running back led the NFC in rushing with 1,695 yards in 2006, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.
San Francisco dropped Norris after training camp last season because former offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s offense didn’t make much use of a fullback. Norris signed with the Detroit Lions, starting eight games in their 0-16 season.
“I thought (returning to San Francisco) would be a good possibility, but I just didn’t know what route they were going to go,” Norris said Monday after signing the deal at the 49ers’ training complex.