Originally posted by Wewillwin:
I agree 100% with Phoenix. The guy just hasn't made plays. Yes, he is a 2nd TE, but Alex loves his TE's, Harbaugh loves his TE's, we are usually in 2TE sets, and TE's can be huge in the red zone. Delanie has proven he IS NOT a good enough TE for our system. An upgrade is needed badly, and can offer way more bang for the buck than a WR in our system.
People aren't thinking with the times. It used to be that back in the day, a TE was a big, slow, lumbering guy who blocked and make occasional catches. Now you have tight-end's that are bigger, stronger and as fast as or faster than most wide receivers. For an offense that relies on 2 TE sets as much as the 49ers, having a major receiving threat at the 2nd TE spot would be a tremendous advantage for the offense and a disadvantage for opposing defenses.
Give it a few more years and I can see 2 TE sets becoming pretty prevalent, having two 6'5, 6'6" guys who can block their asses off as well as make catches and be weapons in the red-zone is just another evolution of football.