SF 49ers Waiver Target No. 1: EDGE Shaquem Griffin
In something of a surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks elected to part ways with their own fifth-round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, EDGE Shaquem Griffin, who was quite the story after suffering a rare birth defect and having his left hand amputated.
Griffin paired with his brother, Seahawks defensive back Shaquill Griffin, which only added to the storyline.
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But that all came to a close with Seattle’s roster cuts, and Shaquem Griffin is now looking for new opportunities.
And the SF 49ers should be interested.
The Niners have an elite trio of pass-rushers: Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Arik Armstead. Adding defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw in Round 1 of this year’s draft only serves to make this unit more formidable, too. Yet San Francisco’s pass-rushing depth is a bit bigger a question mark. After suffering a torn ACL late last year, reserve defensive end Ronald Blair will start the year on the PUP list and will also be out for at least the first six weeks.
Blair played nearly 20 percent of the defense’s snaps last season over just nine games, so his absence can’t be understated.
Griffin, whose prowess has primarily come on special teams and has yet to register a sack, could still be a vital piece to 49ers’ backup crop of defenders heading towards the regular season.