49ers GM Trent Baalke told reporters Sunday that they would like to re-sign RB Kendall Hunter, despite his recent ACL injury.
“We’d love to have Kendall,” Baalke said, via CSN Bay Area. “Kendall is a tremendous football player and an even better young man. What’s the likelihood? It’s not even worth speculating at this point, but Kendall knows, as does his representative, exactly how we feel about him on both sides –- as a person and as a player.”
Baalke added that he expects Hunter to come back “very well” from the injury.
“He is a mentally tough young man, so I’d expect that he’d come back very well from the injury,” Baalke said.
Hunter, 25, has one year remaining on his current deal, which includes a base salary of $645,000.
San Francisco does have some depth running back with Frank Gore, second-round pick Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James rounding out their backfield, so we’ll have to see what they elect to do regarding Hunter after the season.
Last year, Hunter appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers and ran for 358 yards on 78 carries (4.6 YPC) and three touchdowns.