San Francisco 49ers: Searching in the Wide Receiver Market


It is obvious to San Francisco 49ers biggest offensive need is a wide receiver. I do agree with my fellow blogger Mike Zamora that the Niners do have a need at running back. Let’s face it RB Frank Gore have been great for us throughout the years, but he getting a little long in the tooth. RB Kendall Hunter as awesome as he was this past season he is not an every down back. Then again I think our offense line is so great that any running back can excel in our team. So that brings us back to the wide receiver position. TE Vernon Davis was the only threat we had in the passing game in the playoffs. With WR Ted Ginn Jr. and WR Josh Morgan both free agents it might leave the Niners a little thin at the position. And can someone please tell WR Michael Crabtree to finally step it up. He keeps teasing the Niner faithful with good performances from time to time, and then he lays an egg in the playoffs. Yes I know he had a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, but for the next seven quarters (I am including the New York Giants game) he did nothing. By coincidence the wide receiver position has the most star power in free agency this off season. Here are the top three.

1. WR Vincent Jackson

I believe that Jackson is the best wide receiver in free agency. At 6’5’’ and 230lb he is the best combination of speed and size for the Niners. He would be a terrific red zone target for whoever is player quarterback for the Niners. Jackson recorded over 1,000 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns this past season. If the Niners had Jackson it would garner all the attention towards him and Vernon. Leaving many other receivers open in the passing game.

2. WR DeSean Jackson

The caution towards DeSean is his attitude, but I do not think it’s that bad. He is no Terrell Owens. I do understand his anger towards the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Anyone would be upset after putting up three very productive years and got no contract extension from the team. Instead the extension goes to QB Michael Vick and a big contract is given to CB Nnamdi Asomugha (last off seasons sought out free agent). That really sucked for DeSean.

He would be a great acquisition for the Niners. His vertical threat would open any intermediate and short passes. Also DeSean is a fabulous returner, he would basically do everything that Ginn did but at a higher level. He is still young at 25 years old and he is from the great state of California. Maybe he wants to come back to his home state? We’ll see.

3. Tie WR Dwayne Bowe/ WR Marques Colston
Both in my opinion are similar. They are big receivers that do much of their damage in the red zone. Even though they do not have top end speed, they do a good job using their body to box out defenders and make catches. Also they know how to locate the ball wherever it is thrown, whether it is high or behind them. Quite frankly, Bowe and Colston are amazing at what they do. Hey you never know, we might get both of them. I know, it is crazy to think that. But I’ll keep dreaming

Any of these wide receivers would boost up the offense. Picking up one of these free agents would mean not to have to use a first round pick on a wide receiver, leaving it open for a running back (as previously mentioned) or a defensive back (another position the Niners are a little thin at). I am excited to see what happens. Go Niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: DeSean Jackson Dwayne Bowe Marques Colston Vincent Jackson

  • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

    D. Jackson-no doesn’t fit out system/attitude problems/not worth the money/injury prone

    V.Jackson-no too much money, risk of causing chemistry issues

    Colston-no again too much money, big time injury risk and playing w/Brees who knows how good this guy really is

    Bowe is the only big name FA WR I would want to see become a 49er. Spending our 1st round pick on a WR would be our best move IMO.

  • faithfulmeister

    I’m wary of big name free-agents at WR. We didn’t do too well with Conway, Bruce, and a few before that. I guess DeSean Jackson would be the best but I also question his attitude. Better to go with the draft. But I still think O-line has priority. Btw, what ever happened to Nate Bynham? He was good, got hurt and put on IR. Did we release him for good? Would still be a nice fit as back-up tight end.