49ers Add a Running Back to the Stable

San Francisco adds a player to the roster who could replace one of its all-time leaders.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:49 PM PDT
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The San Francisco 49ers drafted a running back Friday who could be the eventual replacement to work horse Frank Gore.

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The San Francisco 49ers added a running back to an already crowded -- but aging -- backfield.

General Manager Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh selected LaMichael James from Oregon. The 5 foot, 8 inch running back was the No. 61 pick overall.

The team already has workhorse Frank Gore but a year after signing a contract extension, the team's all-time leading rusher is seen to be on his last legs.

The 49ers drafted the small but shifty Kendall Hunter last year but at 5 foot, 7 inches tall he is not seen as an everyday back.

During the off season the 49ers also added free agent running back Brandon Jacobs to a one-year contract. But he is seen mostly as a goal line or short yardage back.

Thursday the 49ers added wide receiver AJ Jenkins to the team with its first round pick. He was introduced to the media Friday.

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