The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed Arik Armstead and Jimmie Ward. Those two were two of the three biggest unrestricted free agents on the team. The Niners have tendered a couple of players and dealt with their ERFA’s too. What the 49ers have yet to do is add help at defensive tackle since trading away DeForest Buckner. Keeping Ronald Blair will turn out to be one of the better moves the team makes this offseason. Three unrestricted defensive linemen played on the team last year that are still available. Earl Mitchell, Anthony Zettel, Damontre Moore, and Sheldon Day. The former two are likely gone. The latter two are more realistic.
Let’s talk about Day. Right now, the defensive tackles are D.J. Jones, Solomon Thomas (plays both inside and out), Jullian Taylor, and Kevin Givens. That’s it. Yes, Arik Armstead and Nick Bosa, and even Dee Ford, will rush the passer at times next season from inside. If replacing DeFo is going to be by committee, should the 49ers bring Day back on a minimum contract, or look elsewhere? Day is still young. He’ll be 26 in July.
He has the familiarity, but did Day show enough last season? He finished the season with one sack and one quarterback hit. By now, we know rushing the passer isn’t Day’s forte. You can find run-stopping defensive lineman anywhere. My issue was, when they needed him most in the Super Bowl, Day was pushed around a bit. It wasn’t just in the Super Bowl. There were other games during the season where the second-team defensive line came in, and offenses did whatever they wanted. My answer is no. I’ll take a veteran that brings more to the table. But I’m interested in how the majority feels about bringing Day back.
Should the 49ers bring Day back?
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