The San Francisco 49ers aren’t done rounding out their roster. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall worked out for the Niners on Thursday.
Marshall last played in the NFL during the 2018 season. He appeared in 11 games while starting in seven. Marshall spent seven years in the NFL, and in three of those, he had more than 100 tackles.
Marshall was a good player, and that’s evidenced by the four-year, $32 million contract extension he signed with Denver in 2016. Marshall was known for his instincts and not as much as his athleticism, but he was an effective linebacker for a great and, at times, historical Broncos defense during the mid-2010s.
Marshall will be 32 by the time the NFL season kicks off. With him sitting out the past two seasons, it’s impossible for us to know what he has left in the tank. San Francisco must want a veteran at that third linebacker spot, in the locker room, on special teams, or all of the above with their interest in Marshall.
The grandpa in the 49ers locker room is Nate Gerry, who is 26-years-old. There’s a lot of youth, and with DeMeco Ryans now focusing on more than linebackers, it might be wise to bring in a linebacker who has Super Bowl experience.