Wednesday, March 5, 2014
49ers have Mike Evans on their radar
By Bill Williamson
Evening notes after another day at ESPN headquarters:
If the San Francisco 49ers want to move up for a receiver in the first round of the May draft, one target could be Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. He is considered one of the best receivers available. But he would require a big trade up, perhaps into the 10-15 range. The 49ers have the means with an expected 13 draft picks. They own the No. 30 pick in the first round.
The 49ers are clearly interested in getting to know Evans. They met with him at his pro day Wednesday. Now, let’s make this clear: Every team meets with a lot of players. Teams aren’t doing their job if they don’t do their due diligence.
We won’t know if the 49ers truly covet Evans until May 8, but it’s noteworthy he is part of pre-draft inquiry.
- CBS Sports thinks quarterback Colin Kaepernick will average $20 million-plus in his new contract, which is being negotiated and which could be struck this offseason. I believe it. The man is going to get paid.
- Yahoo Sports reported 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke was at Wisconsin’s Pro Day Wednesday. Receiver Jared Abbrederis is among the Badgers’ top prospects. The 49ers need a receiver.
- 49ers’ coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to the Kansas basketball team on campus Wednesday. He may have some explaining to do at the next family get together. Harbaugh’s brother in-law is Indiana coach Tom Crean.
- CBS Sports thinks Baltimore defensive end Art Jones could be a fit for the 49ers in free agency. My take? Yes, he could help, but the 49ers want to keep their own free agents first before going outside for help.