3 Tight Ends the 49ers Should Add Following Jordan Reed Retirement

Three tight ends the 49ers should add following Jordan Reed's retirement, including Darren Fells.
Three tight ends the 49ers should add following Jordan Reed's retirement, including Darren Fells. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers are in search of a tight end to complement starter George Kittle next season following the retirement of Jordan Reed. Adding someone capable of blocking on the line or stepping into a receiving role should now be one of the team's top priorities moving forward.

There are multiple ways San Francisco can go about this through the free-agent market or the NFL Draft. With that being said, here are three tight ends the 49ers should add.

1. Darren Fells

Darren Fells
Veteran NFL tight end Darren Fells is an intriguing option here. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Darren Fells highlights what is left of a strong tight end free agent class and would be a great addition to this offense. He is coming off of back-to-back 300+ yard receiving seasons and has scored 11 touchdowns during that span as well. He has proven to be a reliable threat in the passing attack and could step up if needed. That is important given Kittle missed 8 games last season due to injury. Plus, Fells has seven seasons of experience and knows what it take to play in the NFL.

2. Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert
Tyler Eifert has proven to be a capable backup TE in the NFL. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Another veteran tight end worth a look in this situation is former Jacksonville Jaguar Tyler Eifert. Eifert has Pro-Bowl experience and racked up 349 yards on 36 receptions last season in addition to scoring 2 touchdowns. He has missed just one game in the last two seasons, which is very beneficial for this 49ers squad. Eifert is a solid blocker and has built a reputation of being a great team player. He wouldn't cost much to sign and would be a perfect backup to Kittle.

3. Brevin Jordan

Brevin Jordan
Brevin Jordan should be on the 49ers' radar heading into the draft. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

If the 49ers want to draft a tight end instead of adding a free agent, Miami's Brevin Jordan may be the perfect candidate. Jordan hauled in 38 receptions for 576 yards and 7 touchdowns during the 2020 season. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he has the versatility to line up in multiple spots on the offense. His athleticism shines out on the field as he led all college tight ends with 160 yards after contact last year. He has reportedly already met with the 49ers this offseason and could easily wind up in San Francisco.

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