3 CFL free agents 49ers should consider signing in 2020

Offensive lineman Derek Dennis #63 of the Calgary Stampeders. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images)
Offensive lineman Derek Dennis #63 of the Calgary Stampeders. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images) /
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Tiger-Cats Luke Tasker
Wide receiver Luke Tasker #17 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Photo by John E. Sokolowski/Getty Images) /

No. 3: Wide receiver Luke Tasker has ties to the NFL. He never played a down for an American team, but his father had a solid career for the Buffalo Bills.

Wide receiver Luke Tasker’s name might ring a bell for some NFL fans. His father, Steve Tasker, built himself a solid career in the 1980s and 1990s for the Buffalo Bills. Steve was a great special teams contributor as a gunner. Luke talks about his dad and his passion for football in an interview with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats here. His son has made a name for himself in the CFL and now finds himself searching for a team to play for in 2020.

During his CFL career, the 29-year-old East Aurora, New York native caught 645 passes for 5,734 yards and 35 touchdowns. In seven seasons with Hamilton, Tasker hit the 1,000-yard receiving milestone three times. He got his start in Canada back in 2013 and has already been to a couple of Grey Cup games with the Tiger-Cats including last year’s big dance.

Tasker isn’t the biggest guy in the locker room. He’s listed at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds. But what he lacks in size he certainly makes up for across the board. He can catch, run, return kickoffs and punt returns and he can even make a few passes.

Something the 49ers were missing this season was completions. They had an abominable amount of tips and drops, it made their quarterback look terrible. Tasker has some of the best hands in the game. With his small frame, he’s extremely athletic. He can jump high enough to catch some overthrows. He almost always catches with his hands rather than his body, but when he needs to catch with his body because of a defensive back on him, he adapts. Here’s his first CFL touchdown from 2013.

If the 49ers aren’t able to either re-sign, draft or snag a solid athletic receiver when the NFL free agency period opens, Tasker is worth taking a look at.