It’s no secret that the San Francisco 49ers are shopping for a tight end to back up superstar George Kittle.
General manager John Lynch kicked the tires on the recently released Trey Burton and has reportedly shown interest in trading with the New York Giants for tight end Evan Engram.
The 25-year-old was picked No. 23 overall in the 2017 draft and finished his promising rookie season with 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, but the last two seasons haven’t gone as planned.
Engram was hampered by a foot injury that limited him to just eight games in 2019, although he was productive, finishing with 44 catches for 467 yards and three scores.
With Kittle being on the field for just over 75% of the 49ers’ offensive snaps last season, the team has been linked to several tight ends, including Burton, Jordan Reed, and Austin Hooper.
The Niners lost Levine Toilolo to the Giants this offseason, leaving Ross Dwelley as the team’s No. 2 tight end, although there will be plenty of options available at the draft as well.
Some of the names available are Cole Kmet, Thaddeus Moss, Hunter Bryant, and Harrison Byrant.
If the Giants are willing to take a late-round pick for Engram, I think it would be a good move for the Niners. Engram has been productive as a pass catcher when he is on the field, although his blocking is not his strong suit, I trust Shanahan to make the most of his skills.
Who do you want the 49ers to add as a second tight end? Or will you be happy with Dwelley as the backup?