The 49ers Should Sign This Free Agent Wide Receiver to Offset Loss of Deebo Samuel

Zach Brunner
49ers should sign this player after Deebo Samuel's foot injury.
49ers should sign this player after Deebo Samuel's foot injury. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

News broke that second-year San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke his foot earlier in the week. The timetable for his return is still up in the air, and even though Samuel has expressed confidence he will be back within 10 weeks, the 49ers might have to open the year without their star wideout.

Because of this, San Francisco would be wise to look into adding some free agent WRs. The 49ers should sign Demaryius Thomas to offset the potential loss of Samuel.

The 49ers offense finally hit its stride last season after trading for veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. After letting him walk this offseason, it could be wise to get another veteran in their wide receiver room. The 32-year-old Thomas would fit the bill, and he would be a welcomed addition, even with Samuel back in the lineup.

General manager John Lynch is very familiar with the former Denver Broncos' star. The 6-foot-3 veteran has not looked the same since tearing his Achilles tendon, but that does not mean he has been bad.

Last season, Thomas spent 11 games with the New York Jets, playing many of his games without quarterback Sam Darnold. Still, Thomas turned 58 targets into 36 receptions for 433 yards and a touchdown. His best game came against the New York Giants, catching six passes for 84 yards.

Kyle Shanahan is an offensive genius that knows how to get the best out of his players. It would be wise for them to sign an experienced, cheap wide receiver like Thomas, since he can come in and contribute immediately.

He is also a big wide receiver that could serve as a red zone threat, so he's still capable of helping the team even once Samuel gets back on the field.

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