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This is an extension of the prior slide.
With the 49ers not in a position to make any long-term impact signings, they need to explore veterans in the league who are looking for a change of scenery.
And when they find one or two that they like, they need to be assertive because they won’t have their hat in the ring for guys like Greg Jennings, Connor Barwin or Mike Wallace.
Fortunately, low-cost solutions in the free agency have been Trent Baalke’s philosophy all along.
On Tuesday, March 5, recently released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins visited the San Francisco 49ers. The eight-year pro is without a home but has several suitors interested in his services.
As a former Eagle and Packer, Jenkins made his presence felt in the trenches, even winning a Super Bowl in 2010 with Green Bay.
He is a versatile, big-bodied lineman that has a knack for disruption. The reason the 49ers are interested is because Jenkins can provide value in both the base defense and the nickel. He would also upgrade the pass rush, which is a priority this offseason.
Aside from Cullen Jenkins, other intriguing veterans who could fill needs are Charles Woodson, Devin Hester and Ed Reed.
Woodson and Reed are Hall of Fame defensive backs who could be great value signings in free agency. With the expected vacancy at safety, either Woodson or Reed could fill in for a year while the 49ers draft and groom an inevitable successor.
And with Ted Ginn Jr. on his way out, a disgruntled Devin Hester presents a unique opportunity.
By the end of 2012, Hester seemed removed from the team, even considering retirement. Between his under-utilization and the firing of head coach Lovie Smith, he left his future up in the air.
Given that the 49ers have 15 draft picks, they should contact the Bears front office to see if they can take Hester of their hands. The Niners need a dynamic return man and could find a role for him on offense.