Talking with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Sanu revealed how he had a one-year contract with the 49ers.
“Joe, it happened so quickly,” Sanu told Anderson. “I’m on the plane right now. I got the rest of the clothes I sent. Kyle (Sheenahan) said it would be great for me, so I’m welcome.”
Sanu is joining a new team, but he will not start from scratch with the coaching staff. He and Shanahan overlapped in Atlanta for the 2016 season, when the 49ers head coach served as Sanu’s offensive coordinator with the Falcons.
For example, one thinks that Sheenahan knows what Sanu can add to the corpses of the 49ers, and on Monday expressed his desire for the Veteran. Clearly, that relationship played an important role in determining how 49 people would address their apparent need.
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Sanu, 31, instantly becomes the most experienced receiver on San Francisco’s roster with 118 career games under his belt. Rookie Brandon Ayuk is doubtful for Week 2 and Deebo Samuel will not return until Week 4 at the earliest, so Sanu should get an opportunity to contribute immediately.
Without Sanu, Ayuk and Samuel, the 49ers receivers combined for just four receptions for 41 yards in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.