A bunch of quality NFL players are about to become free agents, which means the 49ers, naturally, have been continuing their recruiting efforts.
We've seen 49ers players flirt with Antonio Brown and Earl Thomas on social media. Now, with the Ravens reportedly cutting safety Eric Weddle, fullback Kyle Juszczyk isn't wasting any time reaching out to his former teammate.
Juszczyk has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, covering his first two years with the 49ers and his final one in Baltimore, which happened to coincide with Weddle's first season with the Ravens.
The season they overlapped in Baltimore, Weddle also was named to the Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games and totaling 89 tackles, four interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. So, Juszczyk knows Weddle can do.
Weddle hauled in six interceptions the following season but none this past year. Still, he managed to make the Pro Bowl both times as a leader of one of the top NFL’s defenses.
The 49ers have had nowhere near one of the league’s top defenses over that same span, and certainly could use an influx of talent on that side of the ball, whether through free agency or the NFL draft.
Weddle, 34, is a bit long in the tooth, but he’s still likely to be one of the most sought-after players in what has become a robust free agent safety market. Depending on who the 49ers view as the best fit for their own system, Weddle could make a lot of sense.