The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly interested in two wide receivers that make a lot of sense, given past history.
Patriots free-agent WR Julian Edelman is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Friday, per source. SF also interested in Giants WR Hakeem Nicks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2014
The Julian Edelman part of the equation is a bit of a stretch, I’ll admit. He was a potential free agent target last year, and everyone got excited when he followed the 49ers on Twitter last March, but that turned out to be nothing. Nevertheless, he makes sense as a slot receiver with local ties (he was born in Redwood City and spent time at College of San Mateo). Edelman had a breakthrough season in 2013 for New England, catching 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.
As for Hakeem Nicks, his signing would make him the second ex-Giant to come play receiver for the 49ers in three seasons. San Francisco would hope like hell that he turned out better than Mario Manningham, who was solid for most of 2012 but tore up his knee near the end of that season and never fully recovered. Nicks has had a more successful career than Manningham, although most of his production came early. After 3,035 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first three seasons, he had 1,588 yards and three touchdowns combined in 2012-13.
Also of note: the 49ers are hosting a former Seahawks cornerback:
Great visit with Gus and the Jaguars Organization, some good people. They’re headed in the right direction. Now off to San Fran.
— walter thurmond III (@WaltThurm3) March 13, 2014
Thurmond played pretty well for most of the 2013 season, but served a four-game suspension late in the year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Byron Maxwell excelled during Thurmond’s absence, but Thurmond did get some playing time (not as much as before, however) in Week 17 and each postseason game.