According to several reports the 49ers have traded for Broncos pass rusher Randy Gregory.
It was reported earlier in the week that Denver had planned to release Gregory. Instead, they send him and a 2024 seventh round draft pick to San Francisco in exchange for a 2024 sixth round pick.
Denver will also pick up all but the veteran minimum of Gregory’s salary for the remainder of 2024. Gregory has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract beyond this season.
Although Gregroy has dealt with injuries and a social anxiety disorder which led to him using marijuana. This is no longer a banned substance in the NFL.
Longtime Cowboys announcer Brad Sham had positive comments about Gregory.
“I just really like the young man. I have a great deal of admiration for the amount of work he had to do so he could get his medical problems under control and play freely,” said Sham during an interview with KNBR. “He is more than just a pass rusher. He is good against the run and just a really good football player.”
For San Francisco the addition of Gregory is a low-risk, high reward move.
Gregory is in his seventh NFL season and has played just 1,818 total snaps in his career.
His two best seasons came in 2019 and 2021. Those two seasons saw Gregory play the most snaps of his career, 457 and 437. As a result, he recorded six sacks in both years.
The 49ers lead the NFL in total quarterback pressures through the first four weeks of the season with 97. Gregory has recorded seven this season on just 79 pass rush snaps. His pressure rate of 8.9 percent would be third best on the 49ers.
To make room on the roster for Gregory the 49ers released veteran defensive lineman Kerry Hyder.