49ers Eyeing Veteran Free Agent To Bolster Offensive Line

Tyler Maher
The San Francisco 49ers are working out former Carolina Panthers guard John Miller.
The San Francisco 49ers are working out former Carolina Panthers guard John Miller. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The NFL's 53-man roster deadline is coming up this week, so most teams are focused on making cuts and getting down to that number. The 49ers are still working in the other direction, though, eyeing a free-agent acquisition on the offensive line.

The team is bringing former Carolina Panthers guard John Miller in for a workout.

Miller has been in the NFL since 2015, playing for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers. He's started 84 games over his career, including at least 10 in each of the last four seasons.

ProFootballFocus only gave him an overall grade of 52.1 in 2021, which may not inspire a ton of confidence, but depth is crucial on the offensive line and a seasoned veteran like Miller should be able to step in without much issue should any injuries arise in 2023.

The 49ers are also relatively thin at Miller's right guard spot, with versatile interior lineman Daniel Brunskill and fourth-round rookie Spencer Burford and free-agent signing Keaton Sutherland all competing for the starting job. If Miller has an especially impressive workout he could suddenly find himself in the conversation to earn some work.

One way or the other, signing Miller makes a lot of sense for San Francisco.

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