OL Erik Pears signs with 49ers, adds o-line depth
While it is not completely known whether offensive lineman Erik Pears will be starting for the San Francisco 49ers, he does add depth to an offensive line that was absolutely terrible last year. That, in itself, makes this a good move for the 49ers, who saw OG Mike Iupati sign with their conference foe, the Arizona Cardinals.
Erik Pears offers a pretty big presence to the 49ers offensive line, with his 6’8″ frame, but there has always been questions surrounding his consistency. It is really hard to lay the blame on an offensive lineman that has been forced to play guard, when his position is really offensive tackle. That, partnered with the struggles of the Buffalo Bills line in general, is why he could land a starting gig with the 49ers.
His new contract with the 49ers is a two-year deal, though the terms have not been released at this point. At this point in his career, Erik Pears has headed back to the Bay Area for the first time since 2009 (with the Raiders), and is hoping that he can finally make it to the playoffs for the first time in his career. He might have a better chance of accomplishing that with the 49ers than he ever did with the Bills, but this 49ers team is a trainwreck after the departure of so many familiar faces.
Erik Pears is most likely hoping for a new beginning, and he is sure to give it his all to prove the point that the 2014 season with the Bills was a fluke and can be blamed on former head coach, Doug Marrone.
Dustin Brown covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.