Posted February 24, 2014 09:17 pm

Tight end Vernon Davis hints MJD may be interested in returning home to San Francisco

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has hinted that Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew may be interested in joining the 49ers after he becomes a free agent on March 11.

According to Givemesport, Davis posted a picture of himself with the running back on Instagram with the caption,  “Me and Maurice Jones Drew discussing the FUTURE a few nights ago. #San Francisco.’’

Although the 49ers have a good running back in Frank Gore, the 49ers could seem to be a good fit for Jones-Drew because it would be a homecoming.

He’s a native of Antioch, Calif. In the Bay Area and went to college at UCLA so he spent his entire life in California until the Jaguars drafted him in 2006. And he returns frequently to the Bay Area and has many relatives still living there.

Going to San Francisco also would give him a shot at ending his career with a Super Bowl ring.  The 49ers have been in the NFC title game three years in a row and lost the Super Bowl a year ago.

It remains to be seen if Jones-Drew is seriously interested in the 49ers – and if they’re interested in him – or whether this was just a case of two players talking about possible scenarios. And the 49ers can't start talking to Jones-Drew or any other players until Midnight March 7 although they can't start officially signing them until March 11. The NFL gives the teams and the players a weekend window to talk before free agency actually begins.

And the 49ers also would have to figure out a role for Jones-Drew and give him the kind of contract he wants.

Jones-Drew is not expected back with the Jaguars because general manager David Caldwell has said the Jaguars will let Jones-Drew test the free agent waters. Caldwell left the door open for Jones-Drew to return if he doesn’t get the kind of deal he wants in free agency from another team.

But once Jones-Drew hits the market, he may decide he is ready for a change. Especially if he gets a chance to return to the Bay Area.