Anthony Dixon San Francisco 49ers

Here we go again.

About an hour after the 49ers lost 23-20 to the Saints, backup running back Anthony Dixon let the world know he isn’t happy. He didn’t mention anything about the team or the outcome of today’s game, however.

Maybe other teams’ backup running backs pop off on Twitter and we just haven’t noticed. If a running back who doesn’t get the ball tweets his displeasure, does it make a sound? It’s hard to be certain, unless we went through every anonymous NFL back’s Twitter account. If anyone wants to volunteer for that job, send me an email.

Dixon took over as the No. 1 kickoff returner after a 47-yarder against Jacksonville. He returned one kickoff against the Panthers for 18 yards, and today every Saints kickoff resulted in a touchback. Maybe that was the “major skill” Dixon was referring to, maybe it wasn’t. Dixon’s last action as a running back took place in London, where he ran once for two yards against the Jaguars. He only has 15 carries for 35 yards this season, but he also has two touchdowns and it looked like he might have become the team’s preferred goal-line back. The 49ers didn’t have any goal-line opportunities against the Saints, either.

Unlike LaMichael James, whose “insurance” tweet was more ambiguous than the social media posts embedded above, Dixon is an unrestricted free agent after the season. Dixon is making $630,000 this year with a $30K signing bonus, and the minimum salary for players with four-to-six years of experience is $685,000. Dixon is playing for his career, and win or lose he’s running out of chances to prove he’s worth that much in salary if his role stays limited to special teams coverage.

James vented on Twitter when he was a regular on the inactive list; now he’s the team’s No. 1 punt returner (two returns for 23 yards against New Orleans). He also received several snaps against the Saints and rushed twice for seven yards.

Another thing to remember: Dixon was a subject of trade rumors before the deadline.