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49ers meet with restricted free agent DE Jacquies Smith

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The 49ers need edge rusher help, and Smith has some skills. The downside is he is coming off a torn ACL.

The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of draft preparation in front of them, but the free agency market is not quite finished. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that the 49ers are meeting with restricted free agent defensive end Jacquies Smith.

Smith suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of this past season, and spent the rest of the year on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers injured reserve list. Prior to that, he had 13.5 sacks combined over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Listed at 6’2, 260 pounds, he would compete for work as one of the 49ers edge rushers.

Smith is a restricted free agent because he signed as an undrafted free agent. An RFA only has a three-year contract, and it takes four years to be unrestricted. The Bucs tendered him at the original round level. That gives them the right to match any contract offer, but since he was a UDFA, they would get no compensation if they did not match.

An ACL injury is never good, but a Week 1 injury could mean Smith is back on the field by training camp. If the 49ers were to sign him, I doubt he would be a full participant in the offseason workout program, but there is enough time to get him competing in August.

Somewhere, Trent Baalke nods his head in approval.