The 49ers' wide receivers corps took another hit Tuesday as veteran Travis Benjamin announced that he is opting out of the 2020 NFL season.
49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters Monday that he didn't know of any players on his team that were planning to opt out of the season, but clearly that changed a day later.
GM John Lynch said yesterday he didn’t know of any #49ers who were giving serious consideration to opting out. WR Travis Benjamin makes that decision “after much consideration and discussion” with his family. https://t.co/Uoy2J9ayz1— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 5, 2020
The 49ers and Benjamin agreed to a one-year contract in in late March, but the 30-year-old faced an uphill battle to make the 49ers' 53-man roster.
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Benjamin's most productive seasons came over a three-year span from 2015-2017. He caught 68 passes for 966 yards with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. But he has seen his production drop off the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Benjamin missed most of the 2019 season due to a quadriceps injury that force the Chargers to place him on injured reserve.
With Marquise Goodwin traded to the Eagles, Deebo Samuel likely to miss the first few games of the season due to a Jones fracture in his foot and Richie James out with a fracture in his wrist, there was a chance Benjamin could have made the roster as the final receiver.
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Over the last few weeks, we've seen countless NFL players opt out over health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, and on Tuesday night, Benjamin added his name to the growing list.