49ers release WR Mohamed Sanu

The San Francisco 49ers released veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, the team announced Tuesday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport first reported the transaction.

Sanu, 31, played three games for the Niners, recording one catch for 9 yards. In his nine NFL seasons, Sanu has caught 404 passes for 4,516 yards with 26 touchdowns. His best season came with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 when he caught 66 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns.

Releasing Sanu is the inevitable result of San Francisco getting healthier. The Niners have been decimated by injuries since the first game of the season, and Sanu, signed on Sept. 18, was needed to plug one of the team’s many holes. With Deebo Samuel back from injured reserve and Richie James expected back in Week 5, there wasn’t any reason to keep Sanu around.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 27: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Mohamed Sanu Sr. #14 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against Darnay Holmes #30 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 27, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 49ers defeated the Giants 36-9. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The 49ers are releasing Mohamed Sanu after just three games. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

What’s next for Sanu?

Sanu wasn’t impressive in his eight games with the New England Patriots last season, and head coach Bill Belichick cut him at the end of training camp this year. Sanu got very little playing time with the 49ers despite their injuries. But he’s a veteran who still has something to offer. Is there a team that could need him?

On the other side of the country, the Philadelphia Eagles seem to have a new major injury every week. Receivers no one had ever heard of caught passes from Carson Wentz against the 49ers on Sunday because so many of his targets are out. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey and Jalen Reagor are all dealing with injuries.

If the Eagles want to stop the bleeding until at least a few of their guys get back on the field, Sanu would be worth a look. Considering their bad luck so far, what’s the worst that could happen?

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