SF 49ers: 5 moves John Lynch can make to help salvage 2020

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Cameron Wake, Tennessee Titans
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No. 1: SF 49ers should sign EDGE Cameron Wake

The SF 49ers are already bringing aboard veteran pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah on a one-year deal to help alleviate the loss of Nick Bosa.

But that should be only the first step in a number of moves to help keep the Niners pass rush at least somewhat prolific.

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Remember, San Francisco also lost part of its depth with Solomon Thomas going out. Additionally, EDGE Dee Ford has already been banged up for a portion of the young season, missing Week 2 with a neck ailment. Considering Ford appeared for just over 22 percent of defensive snaps in 2019, mostly due to a variety of injuries, it’s a safe bet he won’t be the prolific pass-rusher the 49ers were hoping for when they acquired him prior to last season.

Despite the Ansah signing, the Niners would be wise to add yet another veteran presence.

At 38 years old, free-agent defensive end Cameron Wake only has so much left in the proverbial gas tank. But despite his age, Wake was effective enough as a situational pass-rusher for the Tennessee Titans last season, picking up 2.5 sacks and 13 pressures over nine games last season.

Plus, with defensive ends Ronald Blair and Jullian Taylor still on the mend while recovering from ACL tears suffered late last season, Wake could provide some much-needed depth from a unit thought to be San Francisco’s biggest strength entering 2020.

He’d likely come cheap, too.

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While none of these moves would be considered pure salvation for the remaining season, John Lynch doing them could make the 49ers’ prospects for the postseason much better by executing them.