Signing is official: Norris back in the fold

Fullback Moran Norris, late of the 0-16 Detroit Lions, is back with the 49ers. He officially signed his three-year, $5 million contract today in Santa Clara.

Norris, an eight-year veteran who turns 31 in June, played two seasons for the 49ers. He was the lead-blocker during the 2006 season when Frank Gore rushed for 1,695 yards.


He said he was able to brace himself last summer for getting cut, as it was clear Zak Keasey was the kind of mobile fullback that then-offensive coordinator Mike Martz preferred in the 49ers’ offense. But now the 49ers want to get back to having a big fullback who clears the way for Frank Gore.


Gore never stopped referring to Norris as “my fullback.” They are good friends. Even when they weren’t on the team, they continued to talk five times a week, Norris said.


But Norris – you might have heard – is not the only visitor today. (Yes, Kurt Warner is visiting.)


“I haven’t talked to Kurt, yet, but I hear he’s in the building,” Norris said.


When asked about the prospects of Warner joining the 49ers, Norris said, “It would be nice.”


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