The San Francisco 49ers cut Joe Looney on Friday, and now they might have another name in mind to help at center. Adam Caplan is reporting the 49ers are talking with the Baltimore Ravens about acquiring center Nick Easton. The 49ers current center depth chart consists of Marcus Martin and Dillon Farrell, with Ian Silberman as a potential emergency option. Daniel Kilgore will open the season on the PUP list.
Fooch's update: Matt Barrows is reporting Easton's agent confirmed the trade is done.
Easton is an undrafted free agent out of Harvard, and apparently he impressed the 49ers scouts with his preseason play. The 49ers could wait for him to be released, but they would have to hope they could snag him off the waiver wire tomorrow. Any deal would likely involve a late round pick, with cut day deals often involving conditional seventh round picks. It would leave the 49ers needing to make an additional roster cut if they do not deal a player in return.
I emailed our Ravens blogger for more details, but in the meantime, you can check out the NFL.com draft profile on Easton. Here is their summary:
Had solid pro-day measurements and tested as an athletic center. Easton plays with intelligence and composure and is technically sound, but is a center only and might be relegated to looks from zone-scheme teams.