As Kyle Shanahan hinted heavily on Monday, the 49ers are signing former Bengals, Falcons and Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to a one-year deal, the player’s agent announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) September 15, 2020
Here’s what Shanahan said when asked about Sanu, who he coached during his tenure as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, on Monday:
“We’ll see how these injuries go, but I love Sanu,” Shanahan said. “Him being out there is always a possibility… I wouldn’t rule that out at all. He’s a guy I really respect.”
Sanu, previously a free agent, arrives in Santa Clara Tuesday for COVID testing. If all goes well he could see the field on Friday for the first time before getting on a plane with the 49ers to New Jersey. Sanu joins a wide receiver group decimated by injuries and with tight end George Kittle dealing with a knee issue that has him questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Jets.
Sanu, 31, had a career year with the Falcons in 2018 gaining 838 yards on 66 catches. Last season was less stellar, gaining a total of 530 yards and being traded to the Patriots midseason.