The 49ers moved a step closer Monday to poaching offensive tackle Garry Gilliam from NFC West rival Seattle.
Gilliam signed the 49ers’ one-year offer sheet as a restricted free agent, giving the Seahawks five days to match what ESPN reported as a $2.2 million deal.
The 49ers, who confirmed the offer sheet, would owe Seattle nothing if they acquire Gilliam, an undrafted free agent out of Penn State when he originally joined the Seahawks in 2014. He visited the 49ers last week and reportedly turned down a multi-year contract offer. Seattle had tendered him a minimum one-year, $1.8 million deal.
Although the 49ers have incumbent starters with left tackle Joe Staley (11th year) and right tackle Trent Brown (third year), Gilliam could contend for the right tackle role or as a potential backup swing tackle. John Theus and Norman Price are the 49ers’ other tackles entering next week’s tackle-thin draft.
Gilliam, 26, played mostly at right tackle the past two seasons with the Seahakws, although he was slated to start last season at left tackle before battling a knee issue. He’s also played at left guard.
— The 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold at least one joint practice prior to their exhibition at Levi’s Stadium in mid-August. Dates have yet to be announced. The Broncos hosted the 49ers the previous two summers for practices and exhibitions.