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NFL free agency rumors 2017: 49ers interested in free agent DT Domata Peko

The 49ers are looking into more defensive line depth.

The San Francisco 49ers are building from the trenches out, and while John Lynch thinks the defensive line was a strength of sorts last year, he is wasting no time looking for depth. Minnesota Vikings reporter Chris Tomasson is reporting the 49ers are one of a handful of teams showing interest in Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko. Per Tomasson, the Vikings, Eagles, and Bengals are all in the mix as well.

The Vikings appear to be the most likely landing spot due to Peko’s relationship with former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. From what I’m reading, Peko is best suited as a nose tackle. However, he ended up with a more regular role in Cincinnati last season, and Bengals fans were not pleased. It sounds like the primary reason for the Bengals wanting to re-sign him was his leadership in the locker room, and not because he is a consistently useful contributor.

A rotational role would seem to make sense for Peko. The talk of his leadership in the locker room certainly makes it easy to understand why John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan might be interested. And he would not need to fill a major role following the signing of Earl Mitchell last week. But my guess is he ends up with the Vikings.