Former Cal wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, a five-year NFL veteran, is expected to work out for the 49ers this week, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Thursday.
The New England Patriots released Hawkins on Wednesday. Because he is a vested veteran, Hawkins was not subject to the waiver system.
The Patriots signed Hawkins (5 foot 11, 195 pounds) in May. He played his first five NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans after the club selected him in the fourth round in 2008 draft.
An ankle injury limited Hawkins to just seven games last season. He caught five passes for 62 yards. In 52 career games, Hawkins has 71 receptions for 771 yards and one touchdown. The Titans released him in May, and he signed with the Patriots a week later.
The 49ers have also contacted free agent wide receivers Laurent Robinson and Austin Collie to workouts, sources said.
The 49ers are thin at the wide receiver position. Michael Crabtree (Achilles) and Mario Manningham (knee) are on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins and Kassim Osgood have missed multiple practices with hamstring strains.