The 49ers might use the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft they received from the Indianapolis Colts last week in the trade for DeForest Buckner to replace the standout defensive tackle. However, it appears they had a different -- or at least another -- plan of attack to fill the resulting void on the defensive line.
After making the splash signing of free agency by adding Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly retained one of their own Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year, $8 million contract with veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. In order to do so, however, the Bucs reportedly had to fend off multiple Super Bowl contenders for Suh's services, including San Francisco.
"This was no easy task for the Bucs," NFL Media's Ian Rapoport said Wednesday. "They had several teams who wanted Suh's services, including the 49ers and including the Baltimore Ravens."
Prior to agreeing to the Buckner trade with the Colts, the 49ers re-signed Arik Armstead to a lucrative contract extension, but for approximately $4 million less per season than what Buckner will be making with the Colts. Naturally, many assumed Armstead would step into Buckner's role, but it appears San Francisco preferred to keep Armstead where he played last season on his way to collecting a career-high 10 sacks, and instead sign Suh -- who reportedly will make less than half of Buckner's 2020 salary -- to slide right into that hole.
Alas, it was not to be.
While the 49ers still could sign one or more defensive tackles in free agency, their reported interest in Suh might indicate that they aren't super high on the top prospects at that position in the draft.
In addition to the No. 13 overall pick, San Francisco also possesses the No. 31 overall selection in the first round.