The San Francisco 49ers brought back a familiar face with the signing of offensive guard Adam Snyder. After a failed stint with the Arizona Cardinals last year, the 49ers agreed to bring him back on a two-year deal.
San Francisco arguably has the best offensive line from top to bottom, with four of the five starters under the age of 30. Given their collective talent, Snyder is no position to threaten their spot. But should one of them suffer an injury or miss time, he would make for a viable, short-term replacement.
In his first campaign with the 49ers, Snyder played every position on the line except for center. Currently, Snyder is the only backup offensive lineman on the team with any starting experience. During his nine-year career, Snyder logged 83 starts.
Although he must fight for a roster spot, his versatility and experience gives him a heads-up amongst the competition. It also helps that he played under Jim Harbaugh in 2011, so he has an understanding of the offense and players around him. Guards Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore have some long-term potential, but there are questions if they can contribute in 2013.
Injuries affect every team in the NFL, so the 49ers are making the necessary preparations should a starter go down. If Snyder makes the 53-man roster, he would only add depth to a position of strength.
Even after the draft, the 49ers are still looking for ways to improve. They virtually have nothing to lose by giving the veteran a look.