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Thursday, March 13, 2014
49ers taking advantage of WR market?

By Bill Williamson

On Wednesday night, we looked at reasons why it appeared the San Francisco 49ers were exploring the wide receiver market in free agency.

However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped a bit of a bombshell on Thursday. Schefter reported that New England slot receiver Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers on Friday. Schefter also reported the team is interested in Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Both players will likely be fairly costly and the 49ers don’t have a ton of salary-cap room. But Perhaps the market is dropping and the 49ers are looking to see if they can get a relative bargain.

Nicks may fit better because he is an outside guy. Anquan Boldin, although he is a starter, thrives as a slot man. However, adding either Nicks or Edelman would give the 49ers another strong weapon as the 49ers try to catch up with Super Bowl champion Seattle in the NFC West.

A passing offense featuring Michael Crabtree, Boldin, Vernon Davis and one of these two players would be daunting and it would certainly help quarterback Colin Kaepernick stay on the upswing.

It will be interesting to see how these pursuits play out and whether the 49ers can find a way to fit one of these two receivers into the offense.