Sakamoto: 49ers’ Bolster Offensive Line, Sign G Zane Beadles


The San Francisco 49ers have remained relatively quiet in free-agency, despite having a plethora of money at their disposal. As a result, GM Trent Baalke allowed other teams to pay for over priced free-agents, while letting the market dictate the value of the second-tier free-agents. Fast forward to today and the team a solid interior offensive lineman at a bargain rate as they signed G Zane Beadles to a three-year contract.

The 49ers were desperately looking for interior help as G Alex Boone left in free-agency to the Minnesota Vikings. That left a gaping hole and a dire need that had to be addressed sooner rather than later. The Jacksonville Jaguars released Beadles on Mar. 3, after signing him to a five-year, $30 million contract back in 2014 and that’s when the 49ers started to set their eyes on the 2012 Pro Bowl player.

The deal is reportedly worth $11.75 million, and Beadles would instantly become a plug-and-play starter at left guard. Originally a second-round pick (No. 45) by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, Beadles was highly regarded as one of the best offensive lineman coming out while scoring a 36 on the Wonderlic test.

Now, that Beadles is on his way to San Francisco, what does that mean for the team’s offensive line? In a nutshell it appears the left side is set with T Joe Staley and Beadles anchoring the blind side while C Daniel Kilgore makes the line calls under center. The right side will now likely be a camp battle between G Andrew Tiller and G Erik Pears with RT Anthony Davis regaining his starting role, as he told me he’s coming back.

With the 49ers finally addressing their offensive line, they can now turn their focus to their defense, as they need to bring in a feared a pass-rusher at outside linebacker and a run-stopper next to ILB NaVorro Bowman.

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