The San Francisco 49ers are hosting a free-agent visit with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.
Smith, a restricted free agent, is coming off an ACL tear he sustained in Week 1 of the 2016 season.
Before sustaining the injury, Smith put up decent sack totals with the Bucs, compiling 6.5 in 2014 and 7.0 in 2015. The evaluation of his play via Pro Football Focus was not very kind, however, with Smith grading as one of the worst pass rushers in the NFL during both seasons.
Smith went undrafted out of the University of Missouri before signing with the Dolphins in 2012. He is due to earn a base salary of $1.7 million next season. Because Smith went undrafted, the 49ers wouldn’t owe Tampa Bay a draft pick if he were to sign with San Francisco. However, the Bucs could match any offer the 49ers give Smith.
Pass rusher is the biggest weakness of the 49ers defense, with Eli Harold grading out as the team’s best edge rusher according to PFF last season, despite being ranked as the 88th most effective pass rusher in the league. San Francisco is hoping that Aaron Lynch will finally have a break out season in 2017, after playing in only seven games last year due to suspension and injury.