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Are there any free agent tight ends the 49ers should take a look at?

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Position by position, we’re going to look at the free agents and see if there’s anyone you’d want to throw some money at.

The 49ers are fortunate enough to have one of the best tight ends in the league in George Kittle lining up on one side. On the other side they aren’t so lucky. Garrett Celek burst out in 2017, but his 2018 was disappointing. This can be blamed on a thumb injury, but injury or no, tight ends opposite Kittle just weren’t cutting it.

The 49ers could go draft another tight end in the fifth round. It worked for Kittle. Or they can look at this free agent crop. Antonio Gates is slated to hit free agency. Given that has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Chargers and hit free agency before, only to be brought back, seeing him in a different uniform isn’t likely.

Tyler Eifert from the Cincinnati Bengals is a good name to look at. His injuries are a concern (he is yet to play a full season), but for a red-zone threat, he might be the best of the tight end free agency class. Besides touchdown threats, there’s not much data on him. He’s only gone over 500 receiving yards once (2015 where he got 615). The 49ers had their share of issues in the redzone, so maybe Eifert can fix them. As a companion piece to George Kittle, he might be injured more often than not, so that lead back to Garrett Celek before long.

There’s Jared Cook who winds up having a few big games (or he did with the Raiders) but with those four games he got over 100 receiving yards, he has nine games with 35 yards or less. There’s only so many mouths to feed, and when he’s on, he’s on.

Like we said, it’s not finding an end-all tight end, it’s finding a good compliment to the George Kittle show.

Here’s your free agent wide receivers in the league per Over the Cap. Things could change with franchise tags and deals, but all of the below have contracts expiring. Would you be interested in any of these pass catchers coming to Santa Clara?

Free Agent Tight Ends

Player Team Age
Player Team Age
Tyler Eifert Bengals 29
Jared Cook Raiders 32
Antonio Gates Chargers 39
Luke Willson Lions 29
Marcedes Lewis Packers 35
Lance Kendricks Packers 31
Ben Watson Saints 39
Neal Sterling Jets 27
Michael Hoomanawanui Saints 31
Demetrius Harris Chiefs 28
Levine Toilolo Lions 28
MarQueis Gray Dolphins 30
Maxx Williams Ravens 25
Logan Paulsen Falcons 32
Luke Stocker Titans 31
Daniel Brown Bears 27
John Phillips Cardinals 32
Richard Rodgers Eagles 27
Zach Miller Bears 35
Orson Charles Browns 28
Logan Thomas Bills 28
Tyler Kroft Bengals 27
Jeff Heuerman Broncos 26
Blake Bell Jaguars 28
Scott Simonson Giants 27
Clive Walford Jets 28
Matt Lengel Bengals 29
Chris Manhertz Panthers 27
Eric Tomlinson Jets 27
Xavier Grimble Steelers 27
CJ Uzomah Bengals 26
Jesse James Steelers 25
James O'Shaughnessy Jaguars 27
Nick Boyle Ravens 26
A.J. Derby Dolphins 28
Ben Braunecker Bears 25
Geoff Swaim Cowboys 28
Jevoni Robinson Texans 27
Alex Ellis Chiefs 26
Darrell Daniels Cardinals 25
Brian Parker Broncos 27
Ross Travis Colts 26
Matt LaCosse Broncos 27
Ricky Seals-Jones Cardinals 24
Robert Tonyan Packers 25
Jake McGee Steelers 28
Josiah Price Vikings 26