The San Francisco 49ers have took the first step in shoring up their offensive line with the signing of free-agent G/T Erik Pears to a two-year contract.
The former Buffalo Bills tackle is a behemoth offensive lineman who is versatile enough to be kicked in at guard. At 6-8, 315, Pears easily becomes the biggest offensive lineman on the 49ers roster much like former 49ers T Scott Gragg when he signed with the 49ers as a free-agent back in 2000.
This is a weak OL draft class and the #49ers opted to go via free-agency to shore up their line. Smart move on their part.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) March 14, 2015
Originally an undrafted rookie free-agent out of Colorado State, Pears has bounced around the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
He will likely compete with G Brandon Thomas for the left guard position as G Mike Iupati signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
However, the 49ers weren’t done there as they reached an agreement with 10-year veteran RB Reggie Bush.
The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Bush was labeled the next great running back. However, that prediction never panned out as Bush bounced around the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.
Bush took a visit to Santa Clara on Wednesday and had a great meeting with the team according to GM Trent Baalke. “We got out of the visit what we needed,” Baalke said. “Now, it’s time to sit down and go through the pros and cons and try to make the best decision we can and he’ll have to make the best decision for him. He’s going to have options. We’re not the only team interested in Reggie Bush. I promise you that.”
In nine NFL seasons, Bush has racked up 5,465 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns to go along with 466 catches for 3,489 yards and 18 touchdowns.
With the 49ers looking to use a ‘running back-by-committee’ approach it will start with RB Carlos Hyde as the backup will now be a camp battle between Bush and RB Kendall Hunter.