Apart from No. 1 receiver Anquan Boldin, the 49ers don’t offer much in terms of talent out wide. Kyle Williams has struggled to make an impact outside of special teams, promising rookie Quinton Patton suffered a fractured foot in Week 4, Marlon Moore has been a non-factor and Jon Baldwin is catching on slowly.
The 49ers are still waiting for Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree to return from injuries. Manningham, recovering from a knee injury, is expected to return to practice in Week 6, but might not be back to full speed for a week or two. Crabtree, who tore his Achilles during the offseason, isn’t expected back until at least Week 11, but that’s an extremely optimistic timetable.
Adding Britt would immediately boost the 49ers passing game and give Colin Kaepernick a reliable No. 2 option out wide. He’s been dealing with a rib injury as of late, but can be a dangerous weapon when healthy.
The only problem is that the 49ers only need a short-term solution, and might not be willing to spend a draft pick to get Britt. Once Manningham returns and tight end Vernon Davis gets back to full strength, Kaepernick will have several reliable targets to throw to. The price of the trade as well as the added salary might not be worth bringing Britt aboard.
Still, adding a starting-caliber pass-catcher like Britt couldn’t hurt – if they can keep him in line.
Britt has always been known as a problematic-character player. Especially with all of the drama surrounding Aldon Smith right now, the 49ers might not be willing to insert another problem into their locker room. If there’s anyone who can handle a diva, though, it’s Jim Harbaugh.
It seems unlikely at this point, but the Titans are entertaining offers and the 49ers have a need at the position. If San Francisco’s receivers continue to struggle, Tennessee GM Ruston Webster might get a call.