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49ers Rumors: Lavonte David Named Potential Replacement for Dre Greenlaw

THE San Francisco 49ers could have a reunion at linebacker in more than one way. New defensive coordinator Nick Sorensen and assistant linebackers coach KJ Wright worked with free agent Bobby Wagner, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Another option is Azeez Al-Shaair, who played high-level football with the team Tennessee Titans this last season. Al-Shaair believes it costs too much, and it's unlikely the 49ers will enter into a bidding war for an off-ball linebacker a day after approaching their highly paid defensive tackle for accept a pay cut.

Dr. Greenlaw Achilles injury he suffered in super bowl could force the Niners' hand at linebacker this offseason. If this proves true, it's hard to imagine the team rolling with a player alongside Fred Warner who lacks experience.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Lavonte David could be a potential replacement for Greenlaw:

“The Buccaneers will likely try to re-sign linebacker Lavonte David, who made $7.3 million last season and has held up well at age 34. One potential team to watch for him is San Francisco. The 49ers are on the market due to Dre Greenlaw's Achilles injury, but they may not spend as much.

David had 23 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and allowed just 4.7 yards per target in coverage in 2023. Only a few seasons ago, David was considered one of the best linebackers in the NFL before that Warner does not take over this title. David has remained relatively healthy since 2018, missing just six games in that span.

Jordan Hicks is a name to watch. He's a veteran, he went to Texas and played well for three seasons. This was the first year he missed time since 2018.

Other options that may make sense are Willie Gay Jr. or Jordyn Brooks – Seattle's other linebacker who is younger than Wagner and quite good in coverage.

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