NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport has announced that Julian Edelman will be visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Friday. This will be his first visit of free agency, after he rejected a deal from the New England Patriots that he apparently did not like. Edelman, a 27-year old Bay Area native, broke the 1,000 yard barrier in 2013 for the first time in his 5-year career and has shown substantial tlent in his time thus far in the league.
Without much excitement in the free-agent market for Edelman, he could come fairly cheap. The Patriots are not known to get involved in bidding wars, which could also benefit the 49ers. The main difficulty, however, is that even a cheap Edelman will be diffiicult for the 49ers to afford. Their remaining salary cap space includes all of $3-4 million. If the 49ers want to have not any chance of bringing back Tarell Brown, Edelman would probably not be a wise signing. Neither, of course, would Hakeem Nicks, who has been connected with the 49ers as well as various other teams around the league.
Sure, Edelman would be an excellent addition, but he typically plays from the slot, a place that Anquan Boldin plays from a surprising amount of time relative to what a casual observer may expect. A cheaper, better rookie would be the best option at this position.