Well, with yesterday’s news of the Rams and Redskins trade, the madness has officially begun. That being said free agency begins on Tuesday and thing will just become more hectic as teams battle it out for players that will help them reach the ultimate goal of Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans.
Over the next couple of days we will preview and profile a few players I believe the 49ers will make a push for in order to make the team better and put them right back in the hunt. Today we will take a look at probably the biggest need for the team outside of the quarterback position, and that would be wide receiver.
The team is in need of another wide receiver to help take the pressure off of Michael Crabtree, and more importantly keep tight end Vernon Davis free in the middle of the field. Two of the best fits for the 49ers in this huge class of talented wide outs are Mike Wallace of Pittsburgh, and Robert Meachem of New Orleans. Here is a closer look at both receivers and how they would fit in the 49ers system.
Mike Wallace-6’0” 180 lbs
Last Season with Steelers: Started 14 of 16 games caught 72 passes for 1193 yards and had 8 touchdowns.
How he fits: Wallace has the ability to take the top off of the defense, and make huge plays down field, something the 49ers need more of out of the passing game. Being in Pittsburgh and learning from a future Hall of Fame player like Hines Ward doesn’t hurt either. Wallace learned how to block in the run game and how to be a better receiver, even though at times he can disappear.
What it takes to get him: Well he is a restricted free agent and the Steelers put the highest possible tender on him instead of putting the franchise tagging him. Wallace will probably command money like what Bills WR Stevie Johnson got, and if the 49ers do sign him, along with the money he wants they will also send their first round draft pick this year to Pittsburgh as compensation. The 49ers are interested in Wallace and I believe they will make a hard push for him even if they have to give up the first rounder to get him.
Robert Meachem 6’2” 214 lbs
Last Season with Saints– Started 8 games, caught 40 passes for 620 yards and had 6 touchdowns.
How He Fits: While he isn’t as big of a burner as Wallace, Meachem still has great speed, and makes catches in traffic better than Wallace. Meachem is also very good when it comes to being in the red zone. While his numbers can be construed as being just because he had Drew Brees as a QB, depending on who the 49ers have at quarterback, Meachem will shine no matter what.
What It Takes to Get Him: Meachem will come at a cheaper price than Wallace will, Meachem will probably come at a price of about 4 to 5 million a year maybe a little more, but he can’t command Stevie Johnson money, and he also doesn’t come with the added stigma of having to give up a draft pick as well to land him.
While these two aren’t the only wide receivers on the 49ers radar, they are two of the best that they can look to land without over paying for. It also wouldn’t surprise me if they tried getting both of these guys, or get one of them and another player like Pierre Garcon, or possibly a Deion Branch. Only time will truthfully tell what the team does, but it will all begin to unfold in just a few days, so mark your calendars because starting Tuesday things become much more interesting.