Dec 19, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers guard Adam Snyder (68) celebrates on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated Pittsburgh 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Why Adam Snyder Made Sense For 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers clearly needed depth along the offensive line. It just so happens that recently released G Adam Snyder was available. A move the Arizona Cardinals made in an effort to improve the interior of their line, they let Snyder walk after drafting arguably the best guard in the draft in G Jonathan Cooper in the first-round (No. 8). Snyder looking for a potential fit, opted to return to his roots by signing with the Niners on a two-year contract.

A move that was not surprising to me, as I predicted on my website last week, that Snyder would be back in red and gold. The move makes sense for a Niners’ team on the brink of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. For one, Snyder is very versatile and would provide great depth at both guard and tackle. How many guards do you know in this league have the skill-set to play tackle? Not very many, and although Snyder struggled some last year, he does hold his own. The entire Cardinals line was just terrible, and using Snyder as a scape-goat is ridiculous.

Another reason why Snyder makes sense, is due to the team’s chemistry. Snyder is already familiar with the coaching staff, players, and area, making the transition almost seamless. He was usually seen on his off-days hanging out with T Joe Staley and G Alex Boone, so having a friend back on the team, raises morale.

With Snyder back in the mix, look for him to fight for a starting spot with Boone, as training camp is right around the corner.

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  • kevin hasenauer

    i think this is perfect he is not good enough to start but, can fill in adequately at guard or tackle (or alex boone can slide to tackle). he knows the players, coaches and the system. i wonder what this means for the sophmores like looney or kilgore

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      I agree with that assessment Kevin! The fact of the matter is that Looney and Kilgore are not cutting it and will more than likely be released after this season.

      • loverpoint

        From what I’ve heard from Matt Maiocco. One of these guys ( Kilgore or Looney ) is the heir apparent for the job of Center when Goodwin will be let go after the 2013 season.

        • Ryan Sakamoto

          It would most likely be Kilgore if that’s the case.

  • Jed Gel

    Agree it is a good pick up, but no way will he be in the fight as a starter. After taking over for the turnstile Rachal, Snyder was an improvement but still the weakest link. He is a solid backup. If he has to start over an extended period of time, the Niners will be in trouble.

    As for Looney, how can anyone possibly know if he is cutting it or not right now? You are the first person I have heard say this.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thanks Jed, I do agree the Snyder may have been the weakest link in 2011. As for Looney, how do I know? Well let’s put it this way, if the 49ers are bringing back a player at a position that Looney plays, all signs point to him not making it. Why would a team re-invest in someone they let walk just a year ago? I could be wrong, but I would almost certainly put all my chips in the middle of the table that Snyder will be ahead of Looney when the final depth chart rolls around.