The San Francisco 49ers are looking to shore up the wide receivers room, and they're exploring veteran options in order to achieve that goal. The team added former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess to the practice squad on Tuesday, according to NFL insider Tom Pelissero.
The #49ers are signing veteran WR Devin Funchess to the practice squad, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 23, 2021
The 49ers sit at 5-5 and are in third place in the NFC West. The team is coming off a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and will look to begin their playoff push with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12. It's unclear if the team plans to elevate Funchess to the active roster ahead of that game.
Funchess spent the first four years of his career with the Carolina Panthers. His best season came in 2017 when he hauled in 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns as Cam Newton's go-to target. He left Carolina and joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2019, but played just one game in Indy.
Funchess latched on with the Green Bay Packers in 2020 but was placed on IR before featuring in a single game, and was eventually cut by the team.
The former Michigan product was a second-round pick, 41st overall, by the Panthers in 2015. Throughout his career, he's logged 164 catches for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns, having featured in 62 games.
Funchess would join a wide receivers room consisting of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jajuan Jennings, and Travis Benjamin. The 49ers placed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu on Injured Reserve last week, so perhaps they see Funchess as a viable replacement for him.