On Tuesday, agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter a one-year contract with the 49ers, Mohamed Sanu, veteran wide free agent receiver.
McCartney told NBC Sports Bay Area that Sanu will arrive at the team’s facility in Santa Clara on Wednesday for his first round of coronavirus testing. The first day he would be eligible to practice, if authorized, is Friday.
The move isn’t entirely unexpected after manager Kyle Shanahan announced on Monday that the club was interested in adding Sanu. Shanahan and Sanu spent the 2016 season together with the Atlanta Falcons.
The 49ers currently only have three healthy receivers on their 53-man roster: Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, and Trent Taylor. Richie James is unlikely to be available due to a hamstring strain.
The 49ers are hoping rookie catcher Brandon Aiyuk will be available to make his NFL debut on Sunday against the New York Jets. Aiyuk left the practice on August 23 with a hamstring strain.
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The New England Patriots recently released Sanu. It shouldn’t take long to get used to Shanahan’s offense. In 2016, with Shanahan as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Sanu scored 59 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns.
The 49ers have chosen to bring Sanu to promote one of their three receivers from the training team. Rookie Jauan Jennings and veterans Kevin White and River Cracraft are part of the training team.
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This isn’t the first time the 49ers have chased Sanu, but this time things turned out differently.
The 49ers sought to acquire Sanu last season just before the NFL’s commercial deadline in October. However, the Patriots acquired him from Atlanta for a second-round pick.
The 49ers instead turned their eyes to receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and the club acquired him in a trade with the Denver Broncos. At the time, the 49ers preferred to add Sanu to their roster because he had been signed throughout the 2020 season. Sanders was productive for the 49ers and signed with the New Orleans Saints in the off-season.
Things didn’t work out for Sanu with the Patriots. In eight games, he took 26 passes for 207 yards. New England cut Sanu before the regular season started to reach the 53-player limit.
The 49ers held off the Sanu acquisition until they felt they couldn’t wait any longer.