The San Francisco 49ers have signed yet another veteran wide receiver in Jaron Brown.
The San Francisco 49ers have been hit with an unprecedented number of injuries at the wide receiver position this summer. But not ones to sit on their hands, they’ve done their best to counteract those losses.
Brown went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft but was quickly scooped up by the Arizona Cardinals. The former Clemson star would end up lasting five years in Arizona serving as quality depth while making the occasional start.
While never a starting-caliber receiver, Brown played in a whopping 71 games during his five years with the Cardinals hauling in a total of 86 catches for 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns.
His best season came back in 2017 when he started eight of 16 games and finished with 31 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns.
After five years with the Cardinals, Brown was signed by the Seattle Seahawks prior to the 2018 season. He would play two seasons in Seattle never becoming more than a depth receiver/special-teams player.
Nonetheless, the 30-year-old has managed to carve out a nice career for himself and his veteran experience should prove valuable to a 49ers’ receiver group that is still very young.
Jaron Brown helps mitigate the 49ers’ numerous losses at the wide receiver position.
And at 6-foot-3, 204 pounds, Brown has the size to replicate some of the red-zone production that the team likely expected from Jalen Hurd before he went down with a torn ACL. Throw in 4.40 speed and Brown is definitely intriguing from a physical perspective.
Injuries to Hurd, Deebo Samuel, and Richie James have left the 49ers scrambling for solutions at the wide receiver position. And a unit that was already young and inexperienced lost their most veteran player when Travis Benjamin decided to opt-out of the 2020 season.
That’s four wide receivers lost for a significant period of time. Benjamin and Hurd won’t play this year while Samuel is expected to miss at least the first couple of weeks of the season.
It’s no surprise that the 49ers have remained active in their search for receivers.
Brown joins the likes of Tavon Austin and J.J. Nelson as free-agent additions to join the team in recent days. One would think that this would be it for signings at the position — barring any more injuries.
It remains to be seen just what kind of impact Brown will have in 2020. But the 49ers’ receiver room is once again beginning to look awful crowded.