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A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Thursday, January 25th, 2018 edition.

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl-North Practice Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, folks. It was another relatively slow day in 49ers news, as we all continue to wait patiently for the calm before the storm to end. Your selection of readings for the day all center, not surprisingly, around the upcoming free agency period and subsequent draft. Of course, the expected signing of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to dominate headlines, especially with the most recent tidbit from John Lynch as the team remains on-hand for Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Unfortunately, much of it mirrors what we can find in any given comments section here at Niners Nation; pay Garoppolo whatever he wants, expect the 49ers to be unusually aggressive in free agency this year, use the draft to upgrade positions of weakness. Garoppolo will likely be the first domino to fall regarding upcoming news stories - until then, expect much of the same.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area spoke with sports radio personality Tim Ryan, who gave his opinion that the 49ers were in need of a big bodied WR that will provide some help in the red zone. While I don’t necessarily disagree with him, I think his intimation that this particular skill set is high on the list of needs is slightly overdone. The 49ers patchwork receiving option performed very well, even without top target Pierre Garcon, who will return for the 2018-19 season. While his 6’0” stature is well below the 6’3”+ height that Ryan is hoping for, he is the biggest bodied non-TE receiving option on the current roster, and one who is able to use that size to make contested catches. While I wouldn’t be against finding a player to fill a “big WR” role, I simply don’t think it makes enough sense to prioritize such a luxury with so many real needs around the roster.

On to the good stuff-

John Lynch: “working hard to sign Garoppolo” | Branch, SF Gate | Inman, Mercury | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | Barrows, Sac Bee | Biderman, Ninerswire

Considering what the 49ers lack at WR | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area

Expect an aggressive 49ers in free agency | Wagoner, ESPN