No. 1: Wide Receiver Golden Tate
Hey, another wide receiver the 49ers shouldn’t pursue. Notice a trend? San Francisco shouldn’t look much at all at the free-agent receiving market. At least not the aforementioned options, as well as soon-to-be former Philadelphia Eagles wideout Golden Tate.
Tate might be the most prolific out of all the receivers mentioned on this list, which would prompt some thought the Niners would be interested.
But it should end there.
Tate, 5-foot-10 and 197 pounds, does have production on his side. And while he’s 30 years old, there’s probably a lot more gas left in the tank.
The problem, however, is Tate essentially occupies the same inside-runner role for which the 49ers already have depth. Placing him on the outside also would take reps away from wide receivers Marquise Goodwin, who will look to bounce back in 2019, and Dante Pettis.
Plus, earlier reports suggested Tate would be asking in the neighborhood of $15 million per season on the open market. He likely won’t get that, but that would be a deterrent for a San Francisco team wanting to spend its dollars elsewhere.
Oh, and that wide receiver NFL Draft market is deep enough, too. That’s the route the Niners will take.