49ers active at trade deadline; add pass rusher

Tuesday was the trade deadline in the NFL and despite Kyle Shanahan telling reporters on Monday he didn’t expect the team to make any moves, the 49ers acquired DL Charles Omenihu from the Houston Texans in exchange for the team’s 2023 sixth round draft pick. Omenihu must pass a physical for the trade to be executed.

Omenihu (6-5, 280) was originally drafted by the Texans in fifth round (161st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. Throughout his three-year career with Houston (2019-21), he has appeared in 35 games (seven starts) and registered 41 tackles, 7.0 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He has also added one tackle in two postseason games. In 2021, Omenihu has appeared in six games (two starts) and registered 11 tackles.

A 24-year-old native of Rowlett, TX, Omenihu attended the University of Texas, where he appeared in 51 games (33 starts) and finished with 99 tackles, 17.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

The 49ers are looking to improve a pass rush that has struggled with getting to the quarterback. San Francisco currently ranks 30th in quarterback hits, registering only 30 to this point in the season. Last season Omenihu led the Texans in quarterback hits with 13.

Omemihu’s ability to play inside and outside provides flexibility for the 49ers defensive front as well. This type of versatility is something San Francisco covets from their backups.

In addition, the team announced the following roster moves, linebacker Tyrell Addams was released, and kicker Joey Slye was waived. The move with Slye suggest Robbie Gould will be ready to go on Sunday against Arizona.

The team also made a few moves with their practice squad, releasing linebacker Nathan Gerry, running back Jacques Patrick and defensive lineman Eddie Yarbrough.

Safety Kai Nacua was placed on the practice squad Injured Reserve List. Nacua suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against Chicago.

How do you think the addition of Omemihu will play out for the 49ers?

This article has 10 Comments

  1. Hopefully it turns out well and I think it could. Apparently a new DC changed the system in Houston and it caused fewer snaps for Omemihu. We aren’t getting enough from Ford and Ebukum so this move should help with pressure on the QB.

  2. I like this signing.

    I didn’t think much of it at first, but I think he is a better pass rusher than Ebukam and more importantly, is capable of playing Armstead’s role on base and neutral downs. Which means Armstead can kick inside on a more regular basis where he is more effective. That alone should help the pass rush unit.

    Let’s hope I am right.

  3. Ford has been an expensive failure, often injured and ineffective when playing. A replacement that can augment Bosa is important and how the new man works out will be a central aspect of the next game.

  4. For this season, as a DE he will allow Armstead to play insidefully so that the latter can focus on stopping the run on base downs. Next season, he may sub in for Kinlaw on obvious passing downs as a pass rushing DT next to Armstead.

  5. Rams trade for Von Miller. 49ers trade for Charles Omenihu. No idea how these trades turn out in the long run but WOW the disparity is glaring right now.

  6. Imagine if you’re Rodgers or whoever QB playing in the SB in less than 10 days and you got tested positive for COVID? Yikes!!!

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