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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Vikings WR could be potential fit for 49ers

By Bill Williamson

As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for free agency, outside free agents are not necessarily on the team’s priority list.

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However, if the 49ers look for a free-agent receiver, one name that could make sense is Minnesota’s Jerome Simpson.

He fits what the 49ers are looking for in a receiver. He can stretch the field, a quality high on the 49ers' wish list. Plus, Simpson is known as a strong run-blocker. Since this is a run-first offense, the team demands their receivers to be strong blockers.

Simpson, 28, had 48 catches for 726 yards and one touchdown for the Vikings in 2013. Simpson, who has had some off-field issues, could be a good No. 3 receiving option in the 49ers' scheme.

There have been other veteran receivers, such as Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders, who have been connected to the 49ers as potential fits. However, it is no sure thing the 49ers pursue a receiver in free agency. Their top free-agent priority is re-signing receiver Anquan Boldin and they have made positive steps to accomplishing that. Also, the 49ers will likely draft a receiver in one of the early rounds.

However, if Boldin doesn’t re-sign or if the secondary-receiver market is soft and a player like Simpson comes cheaply, the 49ers could potentially show interest.