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Report: 49ers have ‘expressed interest’ in pass rusher Trent Murphy

The 49ers need serious help at pass rusher.

The San Francisco 49ers are one of 10 teams who have “expressed interest” in soon-to-be free agent pass rusher Trent Murphy, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic. Murphy is possibly the top pass-rusher likely to hit the open market, though Washington has been trying to get him signed to an extension, per multiple reports.

A second-round pick in 2014, Murphy had nine sacks and three forced fumbles in 2016. After bulking up to switch to a line position for 2016, he lost the weight again to move back to linebacker due to injuries to other players at the time. In 2017, he faced a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, appealed and denied.

That all went out the window when he tore his ACL and MCL in a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. His suspension was served while he was on injured reserve, and is good to play in Week 1 in 2017.

There being “10 teams” in on Murphy isn’t too surprising, especially as he and his agent will want to make it clear that there is a market for him. The 49ers desperately need help rushing the passer, but I don’t feel like Murphy is a sizable enough upgrade, though the 49ers could be being used as leverage and that might not matter at all.