Good morning and happy Thursday folks, it’s been an unusually busy day for the 49ers organization, as the NFC West arms race took some unexpected turns - the Los Angeles Rams both traded away DE Robert Quinn, and traded for WR Brandin Cooks. The pair of moves resulted in the gain of mid-round picks, but the loss of the first round pick. The Rams look to be a team aggressively chasing a window, largely made possible by the affordable rookie contracts of numerous stars along their roster.
The 49ers, however, have answered by remaining a team that is steadily gathering talent, but not yet mortgaging the future through the trade of draft capital or crippling free agent contracts. The team worked out a pair of offensive linemen from Southern Methodist, including a DL-to-OL convert that would likely need a season just to solidify the basics. Meetings were also announced with coveted DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, formerly of Alabama, and WR Auden Tate, formerly of Florida State. These early visits seem to show a willingness of the new regime to build around the perimeter, a departure from the past several years in which the team’s first rounders have all been linemen or linebackers.
Also of note was the signing of a one-year deal with LB Korey Toomer, who has bounced around the league since being drafted by the Seahawks in 2012. The 29 year old is now on his 6th team, and is expected to add something on special teams, and create depth in the linebacker room, especially with the impending suspension(s) of Reuben Foster.
49ers mailbag | Barrows, Sac Bee
49ers work out pair of SMU offensive linemen | Barrows, Sac Bee
49ers steady as Rams build dream-team | Wagoner, ESPN
ESPN Draftniks agree that Fitzpatrick to 49ers would make sense | Biderman, Ninerswire