Former 49ers trade target posted by Broncos, available on waiver wire

Tuesday, the Denver Broncos published wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton pushing the fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to free agency. Before that, however, Hamilton will go through waivers. Don’t be surprised if the San Francisco 49ers acquire the former from Penn State soon.

Hamilton missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL he suffered while training alone last offseason. At the time it was reported by Troy Renck of Denver7 that the Broncos had reached an agreement on a trade that would have sent Hamilton to the 49ers for a late-round pick. However, his injury ultimately caused the deal to fall through.

From 2018 to 2020, Hamilton was a solid depth receiver in Denver but was unable to become a go-to option. He appeared in 46 games (9 starts) and had 81 receptions for 833 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He never racked up 300 yards in a season, but never had less than 243.

Now nearly a year out from his injury, Hamilton should soon be ready to return to the field. Given how clearly the Niners were interested in Hamilton last offseason, it would seem likely that they will make a run on the future 27-year-old again.

Hamilton was due to receive a base salary of $2,183,000 last season, but his contract ran out because the Broncos were able to classify Hamilton’s injury as a non-football injury.

Despite their interest, it would be a slight surprise if the 49ers claimed Hamilton on waiver of that award given his injury status, poor track record and own limited cap space. That said, most teams will likely do a similar calculation. Assuming he hits free agency, expect the 49ers to add Hamilton to help fill out their receiving depth chart.

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