Report: 49ers, Seahawks pursued Giovani Bernard before deal with Buccaneers

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Before running back Giovani Bernard reached a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was also pursued by the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

Bernard was released by the Cincinnati Bengals last week after eight seasons with the team. He reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Buccaneers on Monday.

The 49ers would presumably be looking for additional depth behind Raheem Mostert as Tevin Coleman signed with the New York Jets this offseason and Jerick McKinnon remains a free agent. Jeff Wilson Jr. remains on the roster as the backup currently with JaMycal Hasty and Austin Walter as depth options.

The Seahawks re-signed Chris Carson to a two-year deal this offseason and former first-round pick Rashaad Penny returns after missing most of last season while recovering from a torn ACL. Former draft picks Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas remain on the roster and Alex Collins was re-signed this offseason as well. Their interest in another running back would seemingly convey a lack of total trust in the options behind Carson, or at the very least a player to fill a specific role they feel is lacking in their other options currently.

The report notes that Bernard heard from Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson about joining the team in Seattle, which would be another indication Carroll and Wilson have fully committed to their relationship together continuing for at least one more season as well.

8 responses to “Report: 49ers, Seahawks pursued Giovani Bernard before deal with Buccaneers

  1. Bernard joined the Bucs a year late – they won’t be winning the Super Bowl next year.

  2. Hopefully Chris “Headed2IR” Carson can go a full season without stubbing his toe. He’s a bulldozer…except he’s a bulldozer that loves to get high ankle sprains.

  3. Good for you Gio. Gio’s father lives in South Florida and rarely travels- he’s rarely seen Gio play live- hopefully this will allow him to get to a few more games.

  4. The 49ers would presumably be looking for additional depth behind Raheem Mostert as Tevin Coleman signed with the New York Jets this offseason and Jerick McKinnon remains a free agent. Jeff Wilson Jr. remains on the roster as the backup currently with JaMycal Hasty and Austin Walter as depth options.
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    I think your off base here. Mostert and Wilson likely split time so designating 1 a starter or backup is kinda useless but neither are great pass catchers and Shanahan likes to use multiple backs so more likely Gio would have been used somewhat sparingly as a 3rd down back. It’s likely SF adds someone of the Bernard/Thompson type who are more adept at catching thn running.

  5. James Wilson is a good 3rd down back and also good inside the red zone. Frisco really do not need another short yardage back. Besides, they can also hand the ball to Juice in short yardage situations. That may be why they did not give Bernard an offer he cannot refuse.

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