Accoridng to Adam Schefter, the 49ers are working out defensive end John Abraham at their Santa Clara practice facility today. Abraham, who will be 35 years old next season, probably has some gas left in the tank as a situational pass rusher, as in nickel and sub packages, but he does not have as much left as Fred Dean did in 1981 when Bill Walsh signed him to be a situational player.
The 49ers should not sign Abraham. Aldon Smith doesn’t need a situational pass rushing backup. What he needs is a sub for regular downs so he can contribute consistently on nickel rushes. And the 49ers have Smith’s regular-down sub – Parys Haralson.
The Niners need to worry about adding someone significant behind defensive tackle Justin Smith before they bring in another back up for Aldon Smith. Justin Smith has played in the NFL 13 years. He needs some spot rest more than Aldon Smith.
Remember, when Justin Smith went down, Aldon Smith’s sack effectiveness went to zero. So which guy is more important?