The San Francisco 49ers have a plenty of preparation in front of them for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, but the free agent market is not quite finished. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that the San Francisco 49ers are meeting with restricted free agent defensive end Jacquies Smith.
The 27-year-old Jacquies Smith suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season, and spent the rest of the league year on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers injured reserve list. Prior to that season-ending injury, Smith had 13.5 sacks combined over the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons. The 6’2, 260 pounds Smith would compete for work as one of the San Francisco 49ers edge rushers.
Smith — who was signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Missouri — is a restricted free agent because he inked contract deal as an undrafted free agent. An RFA only has a three-year contract deal, and it takes about four years to be unrestricted. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tendered him at the original round level. With that being said, it gives the Bucs the right to match any contract offer, but since Smth was a UDFA, the franchise would get no compensation should they did not match.
An ACL injury is never been good for any athlete, but a Week 1 injury last season could mean that he is back on the field for training camp. Should the San Francisco 49ers were about to ink him to a reasonable contract deal, I doubt he would be a full participant in the offseason workout program, but there is more time to get him competing in August.