49ers news: San Francisco is expected to sign tight end Levine Toilolo
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San Francisco is expected to sign tight end Levine Toilolo

Levine Toilolo

The San Francisco 49ers will sign free agent tight Levine Toilolo on Wednesday pending a passed physical, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The six-year veteran has spent the vast majority of his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He spent the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions after signing with the team last offseason.

A fourth-round pick of Atlanta in the 2013 NFL Draft, Toilolo once seemed poised to emerge as a reliable receiving threat at tight end due to his size, catching radius, and strong hands. At 6-foot-8, 268 pounds, he’s one of the longest players in all of professional football, and has the broad shoulders and strong frame necessary to fend off defenders while carving out space in coverage, attributes that also make him a very effective in-line blocker.

Instead, Toilolo has never eclipsed the 31 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns he put up as a sophomore in 2014. His most productive pass-catching campaign otherwise came last season with the Lions, though, when he had 21 catches for 263 yards and a score, hauling in all but three of his targets. In a Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Toilolo caught all four throws headed his way, racking up 42 receiving yards and a touchdown en route to a Pro Football Focus grade of 91.2 – the highest of any tight end for that week’s slate of games.

At 27-years-old, Toilolo is right in the thick of his playing prime. The Stanford product doesn’t have any major past injuries to worry about, either, playing a full 16 games in all but one of his six seasons, when he appeared in 15 games.