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Report: 49ers believed to be interested in free agent tight end Zach Ertz

The question may be whether Ertz wants to be a fourth or fifth option with the 49ers

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The Athletic’s Matt Barrows tweeted that the 49ers are believed to be one of the teams interested in signing free agent tight end Zach Ertz. San Francisco just lost Ross Dwelley to a high-ankle sprain, and that could land him on the injured reserve list, opening up a roster spot and a need at tight end.

The 49ers options at tight end after George Kittle consist of Charlie Woerner, who is a terrific blocker, but not much of a pass-catching threat. Seventh-round rookie Brayden Willis and Jake Tonges on the practice squad are the other tight ends on the roster.

So it’s easy to see why Kyle Shanahan and the Niners would consider bringing on a veteran with the experience of Ertz. The next question would be whether Ertz is willing to be the fourth or fifth option on most plays.

He’d have a better chance of being a primary target in Kansas City or Baltimore. But, if Ertz wants to win, it’s an easy sell for the Niners.

The 49ers have $38.9 million in cap space. Not that Ertz would command a pricey contract, but offering him more than another potential contender wouldn’t stop San Francisco if they truly coveted Ertz.

According to Barrows, Ertz may take until next week to make his decision on who he plans on signing with.