NFL rumors: 49ers signing Jordan Matthews to play tight end

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Report: 49ers signing familiar face Matthews -- now a TE originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is back for another go-around with the 49ers, and now Jordan Matthews reportedly is too. However, it's at a different position.

The 49ers are signing Matthews, NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Friday, citing a source. The longtime receiver is now a tight end after switching positions this offseason.

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Matthews, 29, appeared in one game for San Francisco as a receiver in 2019 and another two last season, but was never targeted. He helped the 49ers work out eventual first-round pick Trey Lance prior to the draft, and then participated in George Kittle's inaugural "Tight End University" during the offseason.

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While Matthews is back, the length of his stay is to be determined. Tight end MyCole Pruitt is "out for a little bit" with a calf injury, so Matthews provides San Francisco with some familiar depth in the meantime.

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