It’s been a tough season all around for the San Francisco 49ers, whose front seven is decimated by injuries. After injuries to Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Solomon Thomas, the Niners signed Ziggy Ansah. Unfortunately, his time on the active roster didn’t last long as well, with Ansah getting hurt just two games into his tenure with the team.
San Francisco is looking to add some depth through the waiver wire after Takk McKinley failed his physical with the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Kyle Shanahan says the 49ers will make a claim on the Atlanta Falcons’ 2017 first-round pick.
“I was told [Tuesday] that Takk failed his physical and I know we put in a claim last time,” Shanahan said. “So, I don’t think that’s until [Wednesday] at 1 p.m. PT, but I know we plan on putting another claimer in.”
The NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo says San Francisco, the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns also put in claims for McKinley before he ended up with the Bengals. After the third week of the regular season, the waiver priority order reverts to reflect the current NFL standings in reverse order. The team with the worst record gets first priority on all waiver claims meaning the 49ers at 4-6 are ahead of the Raiders and Browns — who are both 6-3 — on the list.
McKinliney sent a out a tweet criticizing the Falcons on Twitter which led to the organization releasing him five days later. There was some friction between McKinley and Atlanta last season when he let it be known that he wanted a change of scenery. The drama spilled over into this season, and when McKinley didn’t get traded before the deadline, he took to social media to air his grievances.
These @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 2nd round draft pick when I requested to get traded last year.— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) November 4, 2020
The same @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 5th and 6th round draft pick from multiple teams when I requested to get traded this year. I only have 17.5 career sacks.
The defensive end has 17.5 sacks and 79 tackles in 49 career games. McKinley would add some much-needed depth to the Niners’ defensive line.
San Francisco’s defense is 12th in pressure percentage but has just 18 total sacks on the season. McKinley would have the opportunity to work with well-regarded 49ers’ defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
How good of a fit do you think McKinley would be with the 49ers?