Paulsen will re-sign with the 49ers after being released by the team on Saturday, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Paulsen was waived in order to create a roster spot for defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, but with fellow tackle Rondald Blair headed for injured reserve, San Francisco temporality has another roster spot open. Paulsen is expected to serve as the team's primary backup tight end for 2017.
Paulsen hauled in his only target for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers. The veteran tight end has had a quiet preseason with his new team, but the recent trade of Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh coupled with Paulsen's familiarity with head coach Kyle Shanahan's blocking schemes puts him in a strong position to make the cut as a backup.
Paulsen has suited up for both of the 49ers' preseason contests, but he has yet to garner a target in the passing game. The veteran tight end was brought in by Kyle Shanahan due to his familiarity with his offensive scheme from their days in Washington. This connection between the two may dismiss Paulsen's lack of touches, because his skill set should be already be clear to the 49ers' new head coach. San Francisco's third tight end job will likely come down to Paulsen and Garrett Celek.
Paulsen has the skill set and history with head coach Kyle Shanahan to make a serious bid for a roster spot this season, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports. At 30 years old, Paulsen is the elder statesman of the group of tight ends currently in camp. While that works against him on paper, his size (6-foot-5, 268 pounds), blocking ability and presence as a red-zone threat (six touchdowns on 82 receptions) make the veteran a good fit for Shanahan's offense. Both he and Garrett Celek possess similar skill sets, and they will likely compete for a spot on the depth chart this preseason.
Paulsen will sign with the 49ers, CSN Bay Area reports. Valued primarily for his blocking, Paulsen has 82 receptions in six professional seasons, with only three of those catches coming last year for the Bears. San Francisco seems to be targeting the middle tiers of free agency, also reaching early agreements with QB Brian Hoyer, FB Kyle Juszczyk and WRs Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|10||11/12||New York Giants||30||11.00|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Rams||11||5.00|
|3 Year Avg||9||5||31||0||1||6.20||3|