McCartney told NBC Sports Bay Area that Sanu would arrive at the team’s facility in Santa Clara on Wednesday for his first-round coronovirus test. The first day he will be eligible to practice, if he is approved, is Friday.
Coach Kyle Sheenahan informed on Monday that the move is not entirely unexpected after the club is interested in adding Sanu. Shanthan and Sanu spent the 2016 season together with the Atlanta Falcons.
The 49ers currently have only three healthy receivers on their 53-man roster: Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis and Trin Taylor. Richie James is unlikely to be available due to hamstring strain.
The 49ers expect rookie receiver Brandon Ayuk to be available to make his NFL debut on Sunday against the New York Jets. Ayuk left practice on August 23 with a hamstring strain.
Debo Samuel, the team’s top receiver, was ruled out for at least three matches of the season as he suffered a setback in his rehab from surgery to repair the Jones fracture.
The New England Patriots recently released Sanu. She shouldn’t spend much time admitting Shanahan’s crime. In 2016, with Shanahan as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Sanu caught 59 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns.
The 49ers opted to bring three of their receivers from the practice squad to Sanu to promote. Rookie Juan Jennings and veterans Kevin White and River Cracraft are in the practice squad.
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This is not the first time the 49ers chased Sanu, but this time things ended differently.
The 49ers tried to acquire Sanu last season before the NFL trade deadline in October. However, the Patriots acquired him from Atlanta for a second-round draft pick.
Instead the 49ers shifted their sights to receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the club acquired him in a trade with the Denver Broncos. At the time, the 49ers preferred to add Sanu to their roster as he was signed in the 2020 season. Sanders was a producer for the 49ers, and signed in the offseason with the New Orleans Saints.
Things didn’t work out for Sanu with the Patriots. In eight matches, he caught 26 passes for 207 yards. New England cut Sanu before the start of regularizing so that it could go below the limit of the 53-player roster.
The 49ers left Sanu until they felt they could wait no longer.