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NFL rumors: How Trey Flowers, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle would fit 49ers

NFL rumors: How Trey Flowers, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle would fit 49ers

Landon Collins reportedly wasn't the only player to learn he'd become a free agent in the coming days. 

Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley and New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers did not receive a franchise tag from their respective teams, according to multiple reports. On Tuesday, the Ravens also reportedly cut safety Eric Weddle

All three play positions where the 49ers' needs are abundantly clear, but would any of them fit in San Francisco? 

Trey Flowers

Flowers should have a flowery outlook on free agency. Bad puns aside, he just might be the best player available on the open market. 

The 25-year-old is a versatile player, who Pro Football Focus graded out as a top-10 edge defender over the last three seasons with an overall grade of 88.7. The football analytics site rated Flowers as one of the best run defenders at his position, and an average-to-above-average pass rusher. He has also been durable, playing no fewer than 14 games in each of the last three seasons. 

The 49ers were decent defending the run last season, but could clearly use help rushing the passer. They likely are going to draft an edge-rusher at the top of the draft, but one player won't solve what ailed them. Flowers will be expensive, but the 49ers have the salary-cap space and the need to bring him into the fold. 

C.J. Mosley

Mosley has been a starter since the Ravens drafted him No. 17 overall out of Alabama in 2014. He has recorded at least 100 combined tackles in four of five NFL seasons, and manned the middle of one of the league's top defenses in 2018.

But Mosley's hype doesn't necessarily match his production. Pro Football Focus found that Mosley graded out as one of the best run defenders at his position, but he wasn't as strong defending the pass. 

Still, the 49ers' linebacking corps is likely due for an upgrade. The 49ers will have to make a decision on retaining Malcolm Smith soon, and could use help at the position whether or not Mosley is retained. 

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Eric Weddle

At 34 years old, Weddle is the oldest of the players mentioned here. He didn't record an interception for the second time in the last five years, and had a career-low three passes defended. 

Yet, Weddle still has something left in the tank. He was a pivotal part of a Ravens defense that allowed fewer yards than any other team last season, and made his sixth career Pro Bowl. 

The 49ers need help across the secondary, and a ball-hawk safety would go a long way towards improving their turnover numbers next season. If 2018 was not just a down year, Weddle might not be that at this stage of his career. 

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.

Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead

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Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead

Kyle Shanahan hasn't forgotten that the Atlanta Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead in their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots. 

The 49ers coach cited the loss as a valuable learning experience in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, and he doesn't think he'll repeat history in Miami. If you think he will against the Kansas City Chiefs, then you can get action on that. 

New Jersey-based sportsbook PointsBet listed the 49ers as having 100-1 odds of blowing a 28-3 lead against the Chiefs in a prop bet, according to ESPN's David Purdum. The Super Bowl is synonymous with highly specific wagering, and it's only fitting that one of the most-memed moments in NFL history has earned such a designation. 

The Falcons' long history of heartbreak, providing the movable object, came to the forefront against the unstoppable force that was (is?) the Patriots' historic dominance. New England completed the 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl's first overtime session, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. won their fifth ring -- all at the expense of a city once called "Loserville."

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Shanahan's first season on the 49ers' sideline came the following season, and San Francisco's appearance in Super Bowl LIV will be his first in the big game since, well, 28-3 happened. The 40-year-old hasn't let the scoreline define him, but it has since defined his approach as a head coach. He told reporters in Santa Clara this week that the blown lead is "something that keeps you humble every single moment until the game is over." 

And, surely, so will the Chiefs erasing double-digit playoff deficits with regularity.