Free-agent receivers 49ers could target after Deebo Samuel's injury
The longtime Broncos standout was Emmanuel Sanders’ partner in crime while working for Denver. He has four Pro Bowls to his credit and is a big-bodied receiver at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, but seems to have lost a step at 32 years old.
He could bring a veteran influence to a young group.
The veteran has some experience in the system after being signed by the 49ers last December, so that’s a plus in his column. He wasn’t terribly impactful, but he could be a back-of-the-depth-chart player with experience who could step in if required and easily cut once Deebo's back healthy.
The former Bear never established himself as a steady contributor, though he has worked with lackluster quarterbacks. He had 688 yards in 2018 and could be a contributor aided a few walks around the NFL block.
The former Seahawks draft pick had a good year working with Russell Wilson back in 2017, but has struggled in most every season around that one.
The speedster probably has some time added to his 40-yard dash by age, but Shanahan could come up with some clever ways to get him the ball in space. He catches a low percentage of targets, so the 49ers might not like that.
(Not) Antonio Brown
This name is included not as an option but the elimination of one. The 49ers had zero interest in AB back when he was just a pain in the Pittsburgh’s neck, before he imploded on the Raiders and got into several civil and criminal legal entanglements.
Can’t see a scenario where Brown gets a shot in San Francisco, especially considering Samuel could be back relatively early in the season or, as he claims, before it starts.