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49ers' Kyle Juszczyk comes up short in recruiting, Eric Weddle joins Rams

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49ers' Kyle Juszczyk comes up short in recruiting, Eric Weddle joins Rams

Sometimes recruiting tactics don't work, even when you offer a spare bedroom.

It was worth a try for 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, but in the end, his social media persuasion didn't work with safety Eric Weddle. To make matters worse, Weddle is joining a rival. 

Weddle agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Rams on Friday after three seasons with the Ravens. 

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Juszczyk and Weddle played together for one season in Baltimore before the fullback came to the Bay Area. Both players made the Pro Bowl that season. Weddle recorded 89 tackles and four interceptions in 2016 while Juszczyk caught 37 passes out of the backfield. 

Keep trying, Kyle. Better luck next time.

Kyle Juszczyk suggests 49ers should pursue former teammate Eric Weddle

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Kyle Juszczyk suggests 49ers should pursue former teammate Eric Weddle

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.

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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.

Jeff Wilson leaves 49ers vs. Rams season finale with shoulder injury

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Jeff Wilson leaves 49ers vs. Rams season finale with shoulder injury

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Wilson suffered a shoulder injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's season finale, leaving veteran Alfred Morris and second-year pro Matthew Dayes as the 49ers' only running backs against the Rams.

The 49ers could lean on fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who has just six carries for 21 yards this season, if Morris or Dayes also are hurt, and Wilson can't return.

Wilson had carried the ball just three times for 9 yards as the 49ers fell behind 14-0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The undrafted rookie entered the game with 63 carries for 257 yards after taking over for Matt Breida, who had struggled with an ankle injury for most of the season.

Needless to say, it will put more pressure on quarterback Nick Mullens if the 49ers can't get their running game going.