The San Francisco 49ers are looking at some more options for their offensive line, with ESPN’s Field Yates reporting the team met with Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Garry Gilliam on Thursday. Gilliam is a restricted free agent. The Seahawks gave him an original round tender, which means if he signs an offer sheet and Seattle does not match it, they will get no compensation.
Gilliam started 29 games the past two season, but would seem to be a depth option at best right now. Per Pro Football Focus’ Jeff Deeney, Gilliam gave up 101 quarterback pressures over the last two seasons. The first response to Yates’ report might sum it up best:
The 49ers need more depth along the offensive line. Zane Beadles is currently the swing tackle and starting left guard. His future with the 49ers is not really known at this point. I’d prefer to see Jeremy Zuttah and Daniel Kilgore manning center and left guard in some combination. Beadles is incredibly versatile, able to play all along the line, but he is more of a jack of all trades, master of none lineman.
Gilliam does not strike me as a great option for upgrading, but the 49ers need depth and competition in the early stages of the rebuilding process.