Free agent defensive end Tank Carradine had a visit scheduled with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, and will now head to Seattle to chat with the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
The move would certainly make sense, akin to Richard Sherman coming to the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh studied under Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll so the system would be something familiar for Carradine. The value of player obviously is much different, unfortunately. While Sherman made a name for himself with the Seahawks, Carradine struggled to get anything going as a player, either hampered by injuries or the the 49ers’ previous front office not knowing how or what to do with the praised prospect.
Carradine did put up decent numbers in Saleh’s defense in 2017, mostly as a run-stuffer. He also was praised by Saleh as being “damn near an elite 6-technique”. Unfortunately, the 49ers have more players on the defensive line than they may know what to do with. Three of them are previous first round picks in the NFL Draft. Carradine himself had been projected as a first round pick as well if it wasn’t for his knee injury (the 49ers took him in the 2nd round and essentially redshirted him for the 2013 season).
If Carradine breaks out, this might bite the 49ers even more if it’s in Seattle.