Report: 49ers eye veteran Tavon Austin to bolster WR corps

Tavon Austin fits the 49ers’ profile when it comes to veteran free agents, and he fits their need of an experienced wide receiver.

Hence, the 49ers have summoned Austin for a workout to likely sign the former Rams and Cowboys speedster, the NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Austin, 30, was drafted No. 7 overall pick in 2013 by the then-St. Louis Rams. He’d presumably fill the role — or challenge for one — previously occupied by Travis Benjamin, another 30-year-old receiver who opted out amid COVID-19 concerns for his family.

All other 49ers receivers are between the ages of 26 and 22, with the most likely starters being Deebo Samuel (24), Brandon Aiyuk (22), Kendrick Bourne (25) and Trent Taylor (26). Other candidates are Dante Pettis (24) and Jalen Hurd (24).

Austin’s speed and play-making potential was a staple in the NFC West from 2013-17, when he produced 24 touchdowns for the Rams (12 receiving, nine rushing, three returning punts). He played the past two years with the Cowboys, with only one of his 102 receptions resulting in a touchdown.

Austin (5-foot-8) blazed to a 40-yard dash time of 4.34 seconds at the 2013 scouting combine.

On Tuesday, the NFL lifted its ban on tryouts, although candidates still must undergo COVID-19 testing and Austin must clear three before joining team activities if he signs.

Adding a former first-round draft pick should sound familiar under the 49ers’ current regime, which most recently signed defensive end Dion Jordan (No. 3 overall in 2013, Miami Dolphins). Last year, the 49ers added defensive end Dee Ford, a former first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, and, in 2017, they traded for guard Laken Tomlinson, a Detroit Lions first-rounder.