San Francisco 49ers News, April 30: Jamal Adams “In Contact” With SF, Potential Change at WR, and More

The 49ers may not be finished fixing the secondary following the NFL Draft. Report of Jamal Adams interest, plus draft grade, leads today's news.

The San Francisco 49ers made two of their picks a defensive back representative during the 2024 NFL Draft. But the defending NFC champs may not be done with adding to the secondary, according to one NFL insider.

San Francisco 49ers News Today

Past NFC West rival Jamal Adams has had his name linked as a possibility to the 49ers. That report, plus draft grades, headline today’s 49ers news.

Insider Reveals 49ers Are “Keeping in Touch” With Jamal Adams

According to longtime Seattle Seahawks reporter Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times Monday, Adams could still re-sign with the team that released him during the offseason.

However, the insider reports that the 49ers are one franchise that has kept in contact with the perennial Pro Bowl safety.

“Sources said the San Francisco 49ers are one of a handful of teams who have kept in touch with Adams, so the Seahawks could have some competition for the former All-Pro safety, who is still just 28 years old,” Condotta reported.

Adams was released on March 5 alongside Quandre Diggs. The decision helped save more than $6 million against the cap for the Seahawks.

The three-time Pro Bowl safety, known for his blitzing prowess and rare pass-rushing ability, remains on the open free agent market. He once earned up to $26.9 million with the Seahawks.

But his career was marred with injuries and inconsistency, plus included a controversial heated sideline interaction with a team concussion expert, which occurred during Seattle’s Monday Night Football contest against the New York Giants in October 2023. Adams eventually apologized on social media for his actions.

News of Adams and the 49ers’ potential interest comes in the wake of the team drafting Malik Mustapha of Wake Forest, who was brought in via the fourth to address the team’s safety depth.

49ers Insider Still Believes a WR Will Become an Odd Man Out

General manager John Lynch debunked the rumblings that Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel were trade candidates during the draft on Friday. Even after selecting Ricky Pearsall at No. 31 overall in the first round Thursday.

ESPN 49ers insider Nick Wagoner, however, wrote Monday how he believes there’ll still be changes looming inside the WR room following the stunning Pearsall selection.

“The draft came and went with Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and Jauan Jennings on the Niners’ roster despite plenty of outside trade speculation. That’s likely to be the case for this season, but the Niners are planning for life without at least one (if not two) of them as soon as 2025,” Wagoner wrote.

Pearsall wasn’t the only draft representative heading to the 49ers’ WR corps. Jacob Cowing of Arizona was plucked through the fourth round. Along with their arrival, Aiyuk’s pending contract situation could additionally complicate things in the salary cap department.

“The plan has been and remains to try to work out a long-term contract extension for Aiyuk. If that happens, difficult decisions on Samuel and Jennings (an unrestricted free agent) will await after the season,” Wagoner said.

CONTINUE READING: 49ers’ John Lynch Denies Wanting to Trade Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel

49ers Draft Grade Revealed

Did Pearsall and Cowing help earn a high draft grade for the 49ers?

Pro Football Network’s James Fragoza handed out the individual and team grades for the 49ers on Monday. Right off the bat, the Pearsall selection earned a C-.

“The 49ers have much greater needs than wide receiver … unless they trade Deebo Samuel or Brandon Aiyuk. Ricky Pearsall checked in as WR12 on the PFN Big Board, and with Adonai Mitchell, Ja’Lynn Polk, Keon Coleman, Ladd McConkey, Xavier Legette, and Roman Wilson still available, it’s hard not to call the Florida pass catcher a reach,” Fragoza wrote.

Not a single individual draft pick the 49ers made earned an “A” grade from Fragoza. Overall, SF gave the notion that it “reached” with all of its selections. The 49ers ended up earning a B- grade from the draft analyst.

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