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Why 49ers attempted to claim edge rusher Terrell Suggs off NFL waivers

Why 49ers attempted to claim edge rusher Terrell Suggs off NFL waivers

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers looked to upgrade their roster this week with a waiver claim for veteran edge rusher Terrell Suggs, whom the Arizona Cardinals cut on Friday.

But, instead, Suggs will be going to the Kansas City Chiefs, who had higher waiver priorities than the 49ers and three other teams.

“We just thought he would help us, a good pass rusher out there who’s a vet," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday. "[Suggs] could help a lot of teams and we would’ve definitely preferred for him to help us over people we have to go against.”

The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints also put in waiver claims for Suggs. The Baltimore Ravens were last in the waiver priority, and they likely would have pursued signing him as a free agent if he had cleared waivers.

The 49ers are down three edge rushers with Dee Ford out indefinitely with a hamstring injury. In addition, Ronald Blair (knee) and Damontre Moore (forearm) sustained season-ending injuries.

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Suggs, 37, has 138 career sacks over a 17-year career, including 5.5 this season in 13 games with the Cardinals.

NFL rumors: 49ers placed claim on Terrell Suggs, who was awarded to Chiefs

NFL rumors: 49ers placed claim on Terrell Suggs, who was awarded to Chiefs

After a lot of speculation, it appears the 49ers were one of the NFL teams to place a waiver claim on veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs, who was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

However, the Kansas City Chiefs -- who have a worse record than San Francisco and therefore a higher waiver priority -- reportedly secured the services of Suggs, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

There were indications that despite being at the bottom of the waiver wire, the Baltimore Ravens reportedly were the preferred destination for Suggs. The Arizona State product spent his first 16 NFL seasons in Baltimore and was a part of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over the 49ers.

The 49ers have been hit hard by the injury bug on the defensive line, as Ronald Blair and D.J. Jones are both sidelined with season-ending injuries, while prized 2019 free-agent signing Dee Ford has been hampered by a hamstring injury.

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Kansas City’s defense needed a boost headed into the postseason, and the seven-time Pro Bowler could do just that.

Suggs had started all 13 games for Arizona this season, registering 5.5 sacks and forcing four fumbles.

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.

Why?

Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.