49ers bring RFA pass-rusher Jacquies Smith in for a visit

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Trent Baalke’s gone, but the 49ers still have a thing for guys with torn ACLs.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers are having restricted free agent defensive end Jacquies Smith in for a visit.

The Buccaneers put the low tender of $1.797 million on Smith, after he tore his ACL in Week One last year. But since he entered the league as an undrafted free agent, he can be obtained without compensation (though the Bucs can match any offer sheet the 49ers might offer).

Smith has shown some pass-rush ability, with 13.5 sacks the last two healthy seasons. And since it would only cost money, it’s worth a shot for the 49ers if Smith is able to come back healthy.

Baalke, their former G.M., tried to buy low on talented players coming off ACLs in the draft, even if he missed more often than he hit with that strategy.

10 responses to “49ers bring RFA pass-rusher Jacquies Smith in for a visit

  1. ronfai says:
    Low risk high-reward.

    Baalke used 2nd and 3rd round picks for ACL players when the roster was depleted.

    EXACTLY. Im fine with this move. Nothing guaranteed hopefully. Only way he makes money is if he is playing. Baalke wasted good picks on guys that never got back to form and some that arent even in the league anymore.

  2. Ex-Seahawk JR Sweezey was signed by Tampa Bay as free agent last year even though he had back problems and hardly played last season. Ex-Raider Latavius Murray just had ankle surgery after he signed with Minnesota. So, it is not unusual for teams to sign injured players. It is a way to potentially get a good player for less than market value.

  3. Sign him! We need help at the edge and have waaaay too much money. He had 7 sacks in 11 starts 2 years ago. I’m all for this move.

  4. The 49ers are beating the bushes and leaving no stone unturned. Can’t argue with that. This is a guy who they might bring in, for cheap, to compete with a relatively weak group: Aaron Lynch, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold and Tank Carradine. If healthy, he’s easily better than Harold and Carradine, and his ceiling is higher than that.

  5. faithful49er707 says:
    Mar 24, 2017 5:31 PM
    We need all the pass rush help we can get.

    Who knows he might beat out Ahmed Brooks and will save 10yds and 2offsides penalty’s a game.


    Plus they could save $7.8 M on Brooks if they cut him in camp…. 32 years old and Niners are getting younger not older

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