The 49ers need a No. 1 WR who won’t break the bank. Torrey Smith can be that guy. Smith caught 11 TD passes this past season with an average of almost 16 yards a catch. Both those numbers would lead all 49ers receivers by a wide margin. He is still only 26 years old and would be an ideal target for Colin Kaepernick.
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All signs point to Frank Gore leaving San Francisco. Spiller would be a nice replacement. While he is injury prone, he produces while he is on the field, averaging 5 yards a carry for his career. The Niners have Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter, a nice insurance policy should Spiller succumb to injury again. Spiller wouldn’t be cheap, but he certainly wouldn’t break the bank either.
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White has been linked to the 49ers since the offseason began and for good reason. White is a stud at the WR position. He gives the 49ers the speed they have long lacked. He would instantly become the 49ers' biggest deep threat. All he did his senior year at West Virginia was catch 15 touchdowns for 1,954 yards. This would be a first-round steal if the 49ers got him.
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This would be the big target the 49ers were missing all of last season. The only way the 49ers go after Thomas is if Vernon Davis gets released. However, that could be a real possibility considering his down year, and it would save the team close to $4 million. Thomas is an absolute stud and would be a great red-zone threat for Kaepernick.
It's very unlikely the Lions will be able to keep both Suh and Fairley. While Suh would be entirely too expensive, Fairley will come at a better price. Justin Smith is mulling retirement, and the Niners need someone on the DL to make big plays, to ge big stops and to get to the QB.
In only six games in 2014 at Louisville because of a foot injury, Parker had 43 receptions for 855 yards and 5 touchdowns. It's no secret the 49ers need a WR, and if they don’t want to spend the money the draft is their best route. Parker is a beast on the field and his size and speed would be a welcome sight to all 49er fans. He has great hands and would be able to step in and make an immediate difference.
Shorts is all but gone from Jacksonville and could end up being a great fit in San Francisco. Shorts has been a reliable and durable receiver since entering the league in 2011. His stats may not be all that impressive, but that is a byproduct of playing in Jacksonville the last four ears. Shorts is very talented, will not cost an arm and a leg and could be a great teammate for a club that seems to have recurring locker-room issues.