Lynch likes 49ers receivers, but won't dismiss signing Sanu


There's a chance the 49ers' top receivers could be healthy and ready to for the Sept. 13 season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. 

Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk currently are dealing with injuries, however, there appears to be positive signs they could suit up for Week 1. Plus, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco that the 49ers are activating Richie James off the non-football injury list on Thursday.

But if the 49ers are in need of more receiver depth, there's a veteran option that makes sense in Mohamed Sanu, who was released by the New England Patriots on Wednesday. So, would the 49ers consider signing Sanu?

"Actually pretty pleased with our depth at wide receiver," Lynch said Thursday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show." "... He's an excellent football player. When a good football player becomes available we're always interested.

"But we're probably more comfortable at the wide receiver position than most people think. We'll see."

Sanu, 31, was traded by the Atlanta Falcons to the Patriots last season. He had just 27 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown for New England. However, the veteran does have history with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. 

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Sanu played under Shanahan in the coach's final season as the Falcons offensive coordinator in 2016, when the wideout hauled in 59 receptions for 653 yards and four touchdowns. He knows Shanahan's complex offense and would be a big-bodied receiver that San Francisco can use. 


While Sanu isn't a star, he has the kind of experience that the 49ers' receiving corps lacks. At the very worst, he could be a veteran leader to guide this young group. Don't count on the 49ers signing him, but don't be surprised if the moves happens as well.