The San Francisco 49ers will indeed have a punter this coming season, and have re-signed one of their top special teamers, the team announced on Tuesday.
After their punter of the last four years, Bradley Pinion, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the 49ers have announced that they have signed a one-year deal with former Green Bay Packers punter Justin Vogel. They also announced a three-year deal with running back Raheem Mostert.
Vogel did not play last season after being claimed in May by the Browns, and released on Sept. 1.
During his 2017 season with Green Bay, Vogel, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of Miami, averaged 44.4 yards per punt, played in all 16 games, had zero punts blocked, put 19 inside the 20 and had two touchbacks. His 41.6 net punting average — on his 71 punts, he saw only 164 return yards — was seventh in the NFL, and he was tapped as a Pro Bowl alternate.
He did not kick off during his one season with Green Bay, and with the departure of Pinion — who handled kickoff duties for San Francisco last season — it’s likely that kickoffs will be added to record-setting kicker Robert Gould’s responsibilities.
Mostert, 26, appeared in each of the team’s first nine games of the 2018 season and registered 34 carries for 261 yards and one touchdown while adding six receptions for 25 yards, before breaking his arm and heading to the injured list on Nov. 2, 2018.
Mostert, who also tied for the team lead with seven tackles on special teams, has made 16 stops in his career on special teams, along with 41 carries in 34 games for 297 yards (7.2 average) and one touchdown.