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Mailbag: Will 49ers pursue veteran Allen?

3/3/2014

Weekend mail call:

Jackie from Euclid, Ohio, wants to know: Who is the best receiver the San Francisco 49ers could get in the draft?

Bill Williamson: I think they can get up to the Nos. 10-12 range in the first round. That could put them in position to draft Mike Evans from Texas A&M. However, this is a deep class and the 49ers, who have the 30th pick in the first round, may find it best to stay in the back end of the round and see who falls to them. The top possibilities there include LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and Fresno State's Davante Adams.

Walter from LA wants to know: If I think Bay Area native Jared Allen could join the 49ers in free agency.

BW: I think it'd make sense if the 49ers had a big need there. He'd fit in with the 49ers and I'm sure he'd like to come home. But the 49ers just don't have a big need for a pass-rusher. The only way I could see this union happening is if Allen came very cheaply. I don't expect to happen.

Charlie W. from Visalia, Ca. wants to know: If I think the 49ers' reported turmoil affects quarterback Colin Kaepernick's desire to sign a long-term contract.

BW: Good question. The answer is, ultimately, no. Players want to be paid fair market value. Other distractions usually don't play a big role. With that said, I'm sure Kaepernick would like there to be harmony among the men who are in charge of coaching him and building the team around him. But I don't expect it to be a big issue.