Sunday, March 07, 2010

NFL Free Agency Rumor: Jared Gaither on the Move, 49ers Leading Candidate?

by Matt Miselis

The Baltimore Ravens were arguably the biggest winner in what was a very active day in this NFL offseason.

After years of lacking a go-to receiver, one was found in Anquan Boldin to go alongside young quarterback Joe Flacco.

After landing the big receiver they wanted, the Ravens' front office will shift their attention to re-signing Derrick Mason to complete this receiver upgrade.

However, new rumors have emerged regarding Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither, who was tagged with a first-round tender.

According to and NFL Network, the 49ers, Seahawks, and Cowboys have contacted the Ravens on a possible trade.

The 49ers have emerged as the leading candidate, offering their 17th overall pick. However, the Ravens certainly know the 49ers have the 13th overall selection, and may force the 49ers to give Gaither a large contract, along with giving up their top selection.

What could this mean? A few possible options. Would the Ravens consider trading up to get Dez Bryant, or cornerback Joe Haden?

Or would they go offensive or defensive line?

It is uncertain whether or not the Ravens will retain the young tackle, who has made a name for himself after being drafted pretty low by Baltimore.

If Gaither does leave, Michael Oher would shift to the left side, while the right tackle may be up for competition.

For the 49ers' sake, this would be one good deal. They get a young, proven left tackle whom they were likely to draft with either of their first-round selections.

With the Cardinals going through a lot of changes this off-season, this may not be an opportunity San Francisco can not pass up.

Expect to here more news on this story within the next 24 hours.