Report: Defensive lineman Jenkins to visit 49ers Tuesday

Report: Defensive lineman Jenkins to visit 49ers Tuesday
March 2, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Cullen Jenkins recorded 9.5 sacks over the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP)

The 49ers don't have too many glaring holes to fill, but that could change if they don't bring back defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois.

One option to bolster the defensive line is the recently released Cullen Jenkins, who spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins is making the rounds and plans to meet with the 49ers on Tuesday, according to an ESPN report. He has already visited with the New York Giants also plans to meet with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

The nine-year NFL veteran recorded 9.5 sacks and 56 tackles over 32 games with the Eagles in 2011 and 2012.

If Jenkins were to join the 49ers, he'd have to adapt to the Vic Fangio's 3-4 Defense. Jenkins previously served as the left tackle in Philadelphia's 4-3 defense.

Jenkins was slated to earn $1.5 million from the Eagles in 2013, significantly less than the $4 million yearly salary Sopoaga is expected to demand. Reports indicate Jean Francois would garner around $3 million per year if he becomes an unrestricted free agent, which will happen if the 49ers don't sign him by March 12.

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Jean Francois and Sopoaga combined for three sacks and 33 tackles in 2012.

In a draft class deep in defensive linemen, the 49ers could also use some of their 15 draft picks to add depth to the position.

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