Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Twitter:
Patriots free-agent WR Julian Edelman is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Friday, per source. SF also interested in Giants WR Hakeem Nicks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2014
Edelman had a breakout year in 2013, taking Wes Welker’s role in the slot for the Patriots and catching 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns, while also returning punts for New England for a 10.7 yards average.
The 27-year-old Bay Area native had just 69 career receptions in four seasons going into the 2013 campaign. He also made 16 receptions for 173 yards and a score in the playoffs for the Patriots.
Edelman, a graduate of Woodside High School, was a college quarterback at Kent State and was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round in 2009 and converted to wide receiver while also playing on special teams. He is the NFL’s active career leader in punt return average at 12.3 yards a return and has three touchdowns in his career running back punts.
Hicks, meanwhile, is coming off a rough couple of seasons. After back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2010 and 2011 for the New York Giants, Hicks was bothered by foot problems in 2012 and caught just 53 passes for 692 yards and three touchdowns. In 2013, he started 15 games but had only 56 catches for 896 yards and no touchdowns, making the first time in his five-year career he went a whole season without scoring. He has 27 career TD catches.
The 26-year-old Nicks was taken with the 29th overall pick in the first round by the Giants in 2009 and after spending his rookie year as a third receiver, he broke out in 2010 with 79 catches for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns and he topped the 1,000-yard mark again in helping the Giants to a Super Bowl title in 2011.