The San Francisco 49ers will be investing in their wide receiver position this offseason, and one report suggest they might invest heavily. Denver area radio host Benjamin Allbright tweeted on Wednesday that he was told the 49ers will be “making a serious run” at free agent wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Any non-major name is always taken with a grain of salt, but Allbright has hit on news in recent years. And of course, it is not exactly a shocking rumor.
The 49ers have a serious need at wide receiver, and when healthy, Alshon Jeffery is very much capable of being a No. 1 receiver. The problem is that injuries have been an issue in recent years. He could end up landing the biggest contract of this year’s wide receiver class, but a team has to know the risk they run in giving him big money.
Torrey Smith is currently the 49ers No. 1 receiver. Bruce Ellington, Eric Rogers, Aaron Burbridge, DeAndre Smelter, DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper, and Rashad Ross are the other receivers under contract. Jeremy Kerley, Quinton Patton, and Rod Streater are hitting free agency.
Smith is a talented wide receiver, but he seems better suited as a deep threat complement to a true No. 1 receiver. A healthy Jeffery could be that guy, but again, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I have made it clear, I would rather sign Pierre Garcon to a shorter, less expensive deal, and invest in the draft. It could backfire if Jeffery stays healthy moving forward, but I just can’t see it being worth the likely cost right now.