In search of depth with receiver Deebo Samuel is likely to waste time at the start of the season due to a broken leg, 49 France from San Francisco are planning to sign receiver / run back Tavon Austin and JJ Nelson, NFL network, Insider Ian The report reported on Friday.
Both players have been to the 49ers facility for training and COVID-19 testing, Rapoport added.
ESPN initially reported the news.
With a somewhat naked and relatively inexperienced group of receivers in San Fran, Austin and Nelson bring a combined 12 seasons of NFL experience.
Choice No. 8 of the 2013 draft by the Rams, Austin, 30, gives the 49ers a versatility with his past as not only a receiver, but a kick catcher and a runner. Never realizing his first-round potential with the Rams, Austin returns to the NFC West after two seasons with the Cowboys. Austin offers 3,346 yards with a fusion and 25 total touches during its first seven seasons.
Nelson brings a great gaming potential with an average of 17.4 yards per capture over a five-season NFL career so far. However, after making promises to the Cardinals during the back-to-back evenings in the 2016-17 season, Nelson’s last year with the Cards in 2018 was a downturn and he played in just two games last season during an attack with the Raiders he saw cut in November.
Receiver Richie James is also on the NFI roster as Samuel, so Nelson and Austin will aim to contribute to a WR corps that includes first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jalen Hurd and Dante Pettis.