49ers trade for pass rusher Randy Gregory

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.

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  1. Absolutely hate this trade. One-dimensional pass rusher that leaves too much on the field when he’s not injured.

      1. If he’s only coming off the bench, then it’s a smart trade, and it’s even better if he’s released after this season.
        If he is starting, then it’s a bad trade. Gregory has been over-rated since his time at Nebraska.

        1. The move is obviously for depth. Not as a starter. He might take snaps from Drake Jackson but not starter snaps.

            1. The underlying concern with this move could be that the 49ers may have lost confidence in Drake Jackson. Jackson has been silent over the last 3 games. I’ve watched the 3 games and don’t remember hearing DJs name being called more than a couple of times.
              Hopefully, the Gregory move is a wake-up call.

    1. so you give a 6th for a seventh and no money and you absolutely hate this trade? What are you nuts this is a no brainer

  2. I’m not a huge fan of this trade if you look at Gregory’s career stats they are very underwhelming but I see them using him as a 3rd down pass rusher and if he doesnt produce they can just release him.

      1. k,
        I don’t hate the trade I just don’t expect much out of Gregory. I hope they are not just wasting time until they make the big move for Surtain or Hunter

  3. If memory serves me correctly, it’s about what we paid for Omenihu and Willis, and they certainly produced. Some people are expecting fireworks, and I certainly hope so, but you usually get what you pay for. I think Old Coach is right about this. A third down rusher who can produce better than Hyder. From a Dallas article:

    “Gregory never fully caught on in the Mile High City. He recorded nine tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles over a hot first four games in 2022, but then a knee injury caused him to sit out the next nine contests. He returned to duty in mid-December, adding just three more tackles over two more appearances.

    He played no more than 47 snaps in any of the Broncos’ four games thus far this season and was pulled from the starting lineup this past Sunday versus Chicago. He’s totaled nine tackles and one sack thus far in 2023.”

  4. We gave up a low 6th rounder and will get a high 7th rounder. Not much cost there and we paying the minimum. He has had some success in the past. I don’t see the downside here, especially since John and Kyle like the deal.

    1. It may be time for them to make a trade for Jonathan Taylor. Might as well go for him and trade Mitchell for whatever they can get. Even if it’s a seventh, we know what they’re able to do in that round.

      1. Geo,
        Until Mitchell can put together 5 or 6 consecutive healthy games I don’t see them getting anything back for him. Might as well release him then place him on the PS just in case.

        1. What are you doing up so late at night, OC?

          Btw, what are the odds of Mitchell doing that? I’d say zero.

  5. Considering the snaps and production of Omenihu, Willis and Ebukam last season, and the overall lack of the same so far this season, it understandable why the move was made…for vet minimum and a 6th rounder, if Gregory can give the team 5-6 sacks, multiple QB hits and pressures and cause offenses to adjust because of him, it’s a win…besides, the 9ers got a 7th round pick in the deal…even if they dump Gregory at seasons end, the draft pick stays….

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