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Reports: 49ers adding veteran offensive line help

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The 49ers drafted 10 players in Philadelphia and they traded for another, but none of those new arrivals to the roster play on the offensive line.

The team is reportedly going the veteran route to fill out that position group. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that former Rams center Tim Barnes has signed with the team and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they are expected to sign former Vikings guard Brandon Fusco as well.

Barnes worked out for the team last week and should provide depth behind Jeremy Zuttah, who was acquired in a trade with the Ravens earlier in the offseason. Fusco, who visited with the Patriots recently, started 64 games for the Vikings over the last four years and will join Zane Beadles and Josh Garnett as guard options.

The 49ers also signed restricted free agent tackle Garry Gilliam last month as they worked to build up offensive line possibilities while avoiding a draft class that was seen as weak in that area.

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11 Responses to “Reports: 49ers adding veteran offensive line help”
  1. nbaq49 says: May 1, 2017 1:44 PM

    They have a new guy in almost every position. Lets see if if its enough to turn it around.

  2. ninermadman says: May 1, 2017 1:49 PM

    It is very apparent that the Niners and the rest of the NFL weren’t enthused about the quality of the offensive line draft class this year. They would rather sign veteran guys than unproven kids coming out of college.

  3. drcap says: May 1, 2017 1:50 PM

    The Niners have about 25 free agents and 10 draft picks. That only leaves about 10 roster spots each for members of last year’s team on offense and defense. Wow.

  4. vikinganswer says: May 1, 2017 1:51 PM

    I can tell you that Fusco has been on a steady regression since 2013. He gets his nose over his toes way too much.

  5. stevejjones says: May 1, 2017 1:53 PM

    Well if Ian Rapoport said it you can take it to the bank. That guy is the reporter of record.

  6. jackedupboonie says: May 1, 2017 1:59 PM

    This is the Pete Carroll John Schneider first year model…..bring in tons of bodies, start a new culture.

  7. pubesoap says: May 1, 2017 2:10 PM

    Put a cork in it, Zane.

  8. purpleguy says: May 1, 2017 3:09 PM

    Fusco hasn’t been the same since he tore his pec, which is too bad. Really got pushed around last year — like pretty much every one of my team’s O-linemen.

  9. corvaninerfan says: May 1, 2017 3:12 PM

    These guys are for depth, not as starters. They may not make the team, even. But, when you’re rebuilding, you acquire as many players as you can to create an atmosphere of intense competition. There will be some epic battles for roster spots among the various position groups.

  10. mnrasslinggovjesse says: May 1, 2017 4:45 PM

    If they’re adding Fusco they’re not adding “help.”

  11. omeimontis says: May 1, 2017 5:05 PM

    They are adding depth.

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