We are another week into free agency, and there is plenty of talent still available. The San Francisco 49ers will likely fill their top needs during the NFL draft that is a month from now. That shouldn’t prevent the team from continuing to improve their depth on the roster. Here are two players that the team could look at on each side of the ball.
Levitre is 33-years old and is coming off of a torn triceps injury. A similar injury that forced the former Atlanta Falcons starting left guard to miss time in the 2017 postseason. You aren’t bringing in Levitre to start, though. You are bringing in the veteran that has proven he can get the job done in the NFL. Prior to Levitre being injured, he was widely regarded as one of the top guards in football. There’s no telling if he is still that player, but with the familiarity in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, Levitre can certainly provide some much needed depth at guard. If he wins a starting spot, I don’t think you’ll see anyone complaining. Especially with the contract Levitre will command coming off of an injury and entering his 11th season. Levitre could also mentor guys like Laken Tomlinson, Mike Person, and Josh Garnett.
When you watched Collins play for the Cleveland Browns in 2018, it was evident he simply wasn’t interested in being a part of that team. A change of scenery would be welcomed for the versatile defender. Collins has the type of skills a team like the 49ers should covet. Not only can Collins run and cover, but he can play on the line of scrimmage as well. Last year for the Browns Collins played 255 snaps on the defensive line. Collins had four sacks on 140 pass rush snaps. For reference, Ronald Blair was second on the 49ers in sacks last year with 5.5. He rushed the passer 338 times.
With no more Cassius Marsh, the team could use a third pass rusher that can bring more to the table than just one trait. Collins is the type of athlete you bet on. San Francisco would be wise to incentivize Collins contract. The effort was an issue in 2018, the talent was not.