The 49ers, who met with several guard prospects in the run-up to the draft but didn’t select any, instead will add to the position with a free agent.
According to NFL Network, the team is expected to ink a deal with Brandon Fusco, 28, who was released by the Vikings in February. Fusco originally was a sixth-round pick out of Slippery Rock in 2011.
He started 31 games his first three seasons but suffered a tore a pectoral muscle in 2014 and had trouble regaining his previous form. He also dealt with concussions in recent years.
Fusco has played both right and left guard. During the 49ers’ recent minicamp practice, Zane Beadles lined up at left guard, Daniel Kilgore was the center and Joshua Garnett played right guard. Veteran Jeremy Zuttah sat out the session with a minor injury. Fusco will join that group in a competition to see who starts at the two guard spots and center.