Three Veteran Signings That Would Make Sense for the 49ers
These three veterans would bring great value to San Francisco
The San Francisco 49ers have done all they can to keep fans on their toes this offseason. While the overall consensus was that Jimmy Garoppolo would be traded near the beginning of the tampering period, the 49ers have yet to move on from the polarizing signal caller.
Deebo Samuel, their offensive weapon, publicly stated that he would trade. Samuel followed the team on Instagram after John Lynch, the general manager, stated that they would not trade their star receiver. This seemingly ended the trade watch.
While this offseason has been about moves the 49ers haven’t made, here are three signings they could make that would benefit the roster going forward.
3. G Ereck Flowers
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The 49ers lost both Laken Tomlinson and Tom Compton throughout the course of this offseason, leaving large holes on their offensive interior. Flowers struggled greatly with the Giants, but he made a comeback with Washington in 2021.. Although he still needs to be polished, Flowers’ move to guard saved him from a disastrous NFL career. San Francisco could benefit from giving the former top 10 draft selection a short-term deal and putting him in a starting guard position.
2. CB Xavier Rhodes
The 49ers already signed one cornerback this offseason, bringing in former Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward. John Lynch should consider adding a second member to his secondary, preferably a reliable veteran. Rhodes provided two years of solid play for the Colts and was also a leader in the locker room. He can fill that same role with the 49ers, similar to the way in which Richard Sherman did. He will he be as good as Sherman? I would guess no, but the value is still there.
1. WR Julio Jones
The Titans found out the hard way what happens when you trade for an injury-prone receiver who is coming out of his prime. It is worth taking the risk if Jones can be acquired on a friendly agreement. There’s nothing to be said about the future Hall of Famer, that hasn’t been said a million time. He is a great player of his generation and a favorite player of his era. The former No. The former No. 6 overall pick still has a lot of potential from an on-field perspective and could even take on a mentor role for Brandon Aiyuk and Samuel.
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