The San Francisco 49ers kept their tight ends plenty busy on Saturday, with the 8-man contingent getting plenty of opportunities. Garrett Celek scored the 49ers one touchdown, and the tight ends as a whole got nine targets in the passing game. The timing of that was helpful, as Washington is going through tight end issues, and had a scout on hand for the game.
Sunday afternoon, Washington started to figure out some potential replacement options. The team announced the signingof Ernst Brun and D.J. Williams. The corresponding roster moves were placing Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen on season-ending injured reserve.
Neither Brun or Williams looks like a season-long option. They might be bottom of the depth chart options, but in terms of impact players, it is unlikely they can sufficiently replace Niles Paul or Logan Paulsen. My guess is that for now, Washington needs bodies for playing time, and they will continue to look for trade options.
Whether that means they do a deal with the 49ers remains to be seen, but the 49ers do have some talent. In reality, Washington could get any of the 49ers tight ends for a relatively decent price. Even Vernon Davis would not cost much given that he is coming off a bad season, and he is a free agent next spring. I don't think Vernon gets dealt, but it makes too much sense for these two teams not to figure something out at the tight end position.