Would Tampa Bay’s Brian Kelly be a good fit for the 49ers?

Oct 17, 2006 at 2:03 PM--


With Tuesday's trade deadline approaching, ESPN's John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli were asked to break down 10 trades than made sense and could actually have a chance of happening. One trade that they feel may happen would be Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Brian Kelly being send to the San Francisco 49ers.

From ESPN:

The lesser-known half of one of the NFL's best but most underrated cornerback tandems, Brian Kelly has played in the shadow of Ronde Barber. But Kelly is an accomplished coverage defender in his own right. He wants a new contract, and since the Bucs just signed Barber to an extension this summer, they might not want to ante up. Kelly has missed three games with a toe injury, so that has to be a consideration, but he should be a solid player for several more years. And the 49ers definitely need a top-flight cornerback. Kelly has 20 career interceptions and 76 passes defensed, and since he plays in the Cover 2 scheme, he's excellent against the run too.

For those unfamiliar with Kelly, he has spent 8 complete seasons with the Buccaneers and played in 16 games during 7 of those 8 seasons. He has had 381 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 20 interceptions. Kelly is currently injured and doubtful for week 7's Eagles at Buccaneers game. Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden has not been optimistic about CB Brian Kelly's chances to play in the near future.



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