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Report: Tank Carradine to sign with the Oakland Raiders

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The 49ers pass rusher will not be returning in 2018

Tank Carradine will not get another year to show his potential with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers 2013 2nd round pick will sign with the Oakland Raiders according to Matt Barrows.

With this signing, the last of former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke’s “ACL All-Stars” departs. None of the draft picks who were redshirted for knee injuries remain with the team.

Tank Carradine was given a 1st-round grade by many analysts, however an ACL tear moved him back and the 49ers managed to get him early into the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. There was some optimism he’d be ready for that year’s training camp, however he spent the 2013 season on injured reserve.

After 2013, the 49ers seemed to not have an idea of where he would play. He was first moved to the inside at defensive tackle and gained the weight required for the position, but he wound up producing less than desirable results, going on record in 2015 saying the weight gain was uncomfortable.

Once moved back to his natural position in 2017, Tank was able to display some solid play, however injuries and unfamiliarity with the system held him back. It also didn’t help that the 49ers defensive line had more talent with 1st and 2nd round picks than they knew what to do with. With the rotating doors of defensive coordinators and his frequent switching of positions, it’s no wonder Carradine had a difficult time emerging in the NFL.

Hopefully with the Raiders, Carradine can find some consistency with the position.