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ESPN suggests Sammy Watkins’ best free agency fit is 49ers

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The 49ers need help at wide receiver. Is the Rams pending free agent worth a look?

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We’re right in the middle of the NFL Playoff race, or rather, some of the NFL is in the middle of the NFL Playoff race. The San Francisco 49ers, obviously, are not. We’re more focused on seeing a few key things over the next four weeks and looking forward to what will hopefully be a productive offseason.

That means a good 2018 NFL Draft class and, of course, a good 2018 free agency class. This class, as a whole, isn’t particularly exciting, but as usual, there are some intriguing names. Over at ESPN, Field Yates took a look at some of the top free agents and their best fits.

There’s a lot to unpack and I’m sure we’ll visit this topic dozens of times, but there was one note that stood out to me (actually it stood out to Fooch and then I hijacked this article because I play by own rules). Yates talks about Sammy Watkins, current wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams.

Watkins was traded to the Rams just before the season. It's safe to assume that Los Angeles acquired Watkins in a contract year with intentions of re-upping him long term, though he has been somewhat ordinary in terms of production. He has just 31 catches for 528 yards, though he does have six touchdowns. He's a unique talent that has all the traits to be a No. 1 wideout in an offense, though he has been a complementary part for the Rams when the team's receiving group is at full strength.

A good take on Watkins’ ability, but what’s more interesting for us 49ers fans is that he listed them as the best fit for his services in 2018 and beyond. That sounds good for Jimmy Garoppolo, no?

Best fit: 49ers. San Francisco is flush with cap space and plenty of cash to approach free agency as it sees fit. With Jimmy Garoppolo likely set in stone as the long-term starter at quarterback, addressing weapons around him is a must. Watkins, still 24 years old, would give the Niners their best talent at wide receiver and should pair nicely with veteran Pierre Garcon. Watkins' price tag will likely be steep.

Truthfully, I love the idea of acquiring Watson. Garoppolo needs reliable, high-level players he can trust. Pierre Garcon was very good before he went down with an injury, and there have been promising things from Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor, but Watkins is on another level and would instantly provide a whole lot of peace of mind for Garoppolo.