49ers Free-Agent Target No. 3: EDGE Dawuane Smoot
The 49ers need complementary pass-rushing help in 2021 to support EDGE Nick Bosa. With fellow EDGE Dee Ford’s immediate future far from certain, stemming from a nearly year-long absence in 2020 because of a back injury, along with EDGE Kerry Hyder hitting free agency after a career-best 8.5 sacks, it’s going to be vital for John Lynch to bulk up his stock of pass-rushers however possible.
There are cheaper options in the NFL Draft, yes, but it’s not an overly talented or safe edge-rushing class in 2021. Yet the free-agent market is laden with quality pass-rushers.
Unfortunately, the majority of them will want to get paid accordingly. Pass-rushers aren’t cheap.
One player who might be cheaper than the rest, though, is Jaguars EDGE Dawuane Smoot, who recorded a combined 11.5 sacks the last two seasons while adding 24 quarterback hits during that span.
At 6-foot-3 and 264 pounds, he’s a bit of a tweener. Yet the Jags ran a 4-3 defense not unlike what the Niners will operate, meaning a would-be Smoot addition should be relatively seamless from a transitional standpoint.
Over the Cap assigned Smoot a 2020 contract valuation of just over $5 million, which isn’t exactly cheap but considerably less than what almost all other first- and second-level pass-rushers would get on the open market.