The San Francisco 49ers elected not to bring back veteran EDGE Elvis Dumervil in 2018. But with a shortage in the pass rush, would re-signing him for 2018 make sense? Niner Noise looks at both sides of the coin.
The San Francisco 49ers‘ 2017 pass rush wasn’t particularly great, finishing 26th in the league with just 30 sacks. And yet the Niners elected not to pick up the 2018 option on veteran EDGE Elvis Dumervil this offseason.
Dumervil led San Francisco’s defense last season with 6.5 sacks, getting over the 100-sack plateau and now sitting at 105.5 in his storied career.
With Dumervil turning 34 years old, and the 49ers focusing on the youth movement the last season-plus, it makes some sense general John Lynch and Co. would want to go another direction.
And yet with San Francisco not exactly boasting a plethora of fallback options, one has to wonder if the team would consider bringing Dumervil back for at least another season.
At this point in his career, Dumervil is little more than a situational pass-rusher at best. But that’s something the 49ers are lacking heading into 2018. The team’s top two pass-rushers, Cassius Marsh and Jeremiah Attaochu, have a combined 16 sacks over their four-year careers.
So should the Niners bring Dumervil back?
Here are both sides of the equation, looking at why the 49ers should consider Dumervil again and why it’s best to focus on on-roster options instead.