The San Francisco 49ers currently boast one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL. They could have changed this. With multiple reports of negotiations between the 49ers front office and their counterparts for the Cleveland Browns for Josh Gordon, it is not difficult to imagine Gordon in a 49er uniform. Yes, he would have come with baggage—one thing the 49ers do not currently lack—but he would also have come with talent—the one thing San Francisco desperately needs more of.
Mario Manningham put on a show, relatively speaking, for a receiver other than Anquan Boldin. His three catches were more than any receiver other than the former Cardinal and Raven in any game this season. Even with Manningham healthy and the upcoming return of Michael Crabtree, Colin Kaepernick seems to need somewhere to go with the ball. Potentially losing Vernon Davis for a game or two would also be a drastic blow to Kaepernick’s fantasy numbers—and, more importantly, his actual production. If San Fran had Gordon, well, Kaepernick just might be able to pass the ball a lot more effectively.
From a long-term perspective, however, it is probably for the best that Gordon is not a 49er. It may be nice to have him for a few games, but a younger, better behaved, perhaps even better receiver would be worth the wait.