Huge Changes For the 49ers & Tough Decisions Coming

By: Bryan Bauer

This is going to be another challenging offseason for the San Francisco 49ers, Last year they had to move on from DeForest Buckner. This year we will see a lot more faces leave this team in free agency. The NFL salary cap is expected to go from 198.2 Million to 175 Million. This is an article that I have thought about for a while now and here is what I could see happening this offseason.

Looking at our free agents, we have a total of 40 free agents and of those we have 28 unrestricted free agents, five of those are restricted free agents, seven of them are exclusive free agents meaning 49ers are the only team that can talk to them and the team will decide if they want to keep them on the roster.

These are the free agents that the 49ers sign to a new contract, Trent Williams who is our best lineman that protect the blind side of your quarterback gets a three year 55.5 Million contract that will pay him 18.5 million annually. Kyle Juszczyk our fullback signs a two-year deal worth 6 million that will pay him 3 million annually. Kerry Hyder our left defensive end that has been a journeyman signs a one-year deal that will pay him 3.5 million for the 2021 season. Jordan Reed comes back for one more year and signs the minimum of 1.05 million for the 2021 season. Jason Verrett signs a one-year deal that will pay him 3 million in 2021.

The Restricted free agents we keep will be all of them I believe, QB Nick Mullens, TE Ross Dwelley, LS Taybor Pepper, RB Jeff Wilson, S Marcell Harris. The exclusive free agents we keep will be CB Emmanuel Mosley, T Daniel Brunskill , RB JaMycal Hasty, DT Kevin Givens .

The free agents we add to the team will be the second biggest move the 49ers will make by adding the number one ranked center in the NFL and a player that the Green Bay Packers have already said they will not resign due to their salary cap issues. Center Corey Linsley that not only will make sure that the protection is right but will command responsibility in the huddle to do their jobs. something we missed this year with Joe Staley. He signs a four year 42 million dollar deal worth 10.5 million annually.

Mike Hilton the slot cornerback with the Steelers comes over the 49ers on a 3 year 15-million-dollar deal that will pay him 5 million annually, Dawuane Smoot comes over from the Jaguars on a one-year deal worth 3-million-dollar deal to play the back up to Nick Bosa.

This leaves where we need to cut some money for the cap and both Dee Ford 16 Million and Weston Richburg 8.35 Million Post June 1st Cut. In case you are wondering Jimmy Garoppolo is 24.1 as well.

This means we say good bye to players Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, Jaquiski Tartt, Robbie Gould, Tevin Coleman, Kendrick Bourne, K’Waun Williams, Jerick McKinnon, Ahkello Witherspoon, Trent Taylor, D.J Jones.

This leaves the team’s starting lineman with Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson, Corey Linsley, Mike McGlinchey? The front office and the coaches will not let this happen, even if Kyle wants to say we like Mike and what he has done. There has been rumors of the Colts moving on from Braden Smith

and how I would approach this is to call the Colts and offer Mike McGlinchey and to trade spots in the second round of this 2021 NFL Draft. This would allow the 49ers to get a much more polished pass and run blocker at their RT position and save 1 million dollars and for McGlinchey it would be a new start with good friends Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame.

Unfortenly I do believe we lose Robert Saleh and if he does end up with the Detroit Lions this would give us an additional 3rd round compensation this year and next year due to the new rule the NFL placed for hiring a black coach.

Mathew Stafford wants out of the Lions and does not want to stick around for another rebuild. The 49ers could offer the 3rd rounder compensation they would receive this year and both 3rd rounder in 2022 for a trade. This would allow the 49ers to compete at a very high level in 2021 and beyond. The Lions would like a second rounder and a Qb, however I don’t see Jimmy Garoppolo waiving his no trade to Detroit. What I do see happening is the 49ers trading Jimmy back to the Patriots for a 3rd and 6th rounder in 2021. Patriots will get a third-round compensation for loosing Tom Brady. This would allow the 49ers, Patriots and the Lions all get what they want with the Lions getting their choice of the future QB in Motown with their first pick.

Let’s Look at the draft if my predictions did happen?

10th Pick – CB Patrick Surtain Alabama

55th Pick – DE Jayson Oweh Penn State

3rd Round Comp (Pats for Loosing Brady) – QB Mac Jones Alabama

Also, in the later rounds I would like to hear Bubba Bolden S from Miami, DL Jordan Williams Clemson, DL Daelin Hayes Notre Dame, OG Jack Anderson Texas Tech. WR Dyami Brown North Carolina.

Get ready for a very busy off-season!

This group of 49ers we say goodbye, how different will they look next year?

By Bryan Bauer

This year was all suppose to be about the revenge tour, when you get to the super bowl like the San Francisco 49ers did last year, the expectation is going to be so high, that anything but winning a ring would be failure to the players and the entire organization.

When you loose players for the season that are you’re biggest playmakers , Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Richard Sherman,Weston Richburg, then after week eight you loose your best player in George Kittle and your player suppose to be running your offense in Jimmy Garoppolo, the season looks very bleak and at the half way point in the season the fans are asking what is next for the team?

Jimmy Garoppolo finished up his fourth year with the 49ers going back on injured reserve, after missing two games this year with a high ankle sprain, he reinjured his ankle again and now it now could be more of a serious injury and may need surgery .

Kyle Shanahan really had question with his quarterback going back to last year, coming off a ACL tear the year before, he never saw his QB he acquired since then. There was talks about a possible Tom Brady taking over team but those conversations never got serious .Kyle has always had reasons for each move he has made but the acquiring of Jimmy was one of them that was a quick reaction and one you feel he never really wanted to do but a decision had to be made quickly.

Jimmy will not be the QB of the 49ers in 2021 and there will be a new player behind center that will most likely is not on this roster now, Patriots do have some interest of bringing back Jimmy to New England and most people that are aware of the situation that is exactly what both sides want . When the 49ers trade Jimmy we will save 24.1 million on the cap after paying Jimmy signing bonus that we owe him.

Dee Ford has continued to not get on the field healthy since early last year. He was half the player we needed in the super bowl and this year, it was first reported it was a neck issue and then they found out it was his back pain once again. All whispers we are hearing is he will not be able to play football anymore and at the end of the season he will announce his retirement. When a player retires you owe that player his signing bonus which is 4.8 million for 2021. The team will add 15.9 million to their cap with Dee Ford situation.

The name to replace Jimmy is a couple players in the league , Sam Darnold from the Jets who is owed 9.8 million in 2021 and a UFA in 2022 .Daniel Jones would be a surprise one but if they land one of the top 2 picks they would most likely go with Justin Fields from Ohio State with the second pick. This would be most likely for a 2nd round pick. The other option depending where the 49ers draft would be the freak and gun slinger Trey Lance from North Dakota State , He can do what jimmy has issues with , very strong arm , very accurate down the field and is a very mobile QB that can throw the football 70 yards flat footed and yes there has been some comparison to the guy that plays in KC . Then last but he is a legit NFL starter is Zach Wilson from BYU. In this case I would see them having Nick Mullens stick around for a couple years until the young Qb are ready.

This year the 49ers will roll over about five million to the 2021 season and with the things happening the 49ers will be around 67 million under the cap. That is the great news, now let us look at some key guys that either they need to resign or replace for next year.

LT Trent Williams (Starter) UFA, FB Kyle Juszczyk (Starter) UFA, SCB K’waun Williams (Starter) UFA, DE Kerry Hyder (Starter) UFA, CB Jason Verrett (Starter) UFA,DT D.J Jones (Starter) UFA,  QB Nick Mullens (Starter) RFA, TE Ross Dwelley RFA, RB Jeff Wilson RFA, CB Emmannuel Mosley (Starter) RFA.

The 49ers are not expecting Richard Sherman to return to the 49ers, He most likely will retire and start his broadcasting career, Jason Verrett and Emmannuel Mosley expected to take over next year at the starting cornerback spots. The 49ers will add one as well in this year draft.

This was the year to win with this group, the window should never close to make it to the playoffs every year. However, these injuries will put a stop to any future roster going forward.

49ers stand up to the challenge vs Rams

By: Bryan Bauer  

The San Francisco 49ers came into this game on life support after getting blown out by the Miami Dolphins last week. Never thought after going to the Super Bowl last year we would see the 49ers have a losing record. As we went into this game, we were looking at 2-3 team that has been hobbled with injuries. Players like Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Richard Sherman, Kwon Alexander, Tevin Coleman, K’waun Williams, Soloman Thomas all out or on injured reserve this game did not look good.

We talked about the offensive line that has blown assignments through the first five games and there was no continuity before tonight. They had to face the best defense they will face all year long. Aaron Donald should scare any offensive lineman ,Daniel Brunskill took care of him all game long and then when needed , Ben Garland would help chip him and it was just a different feel to tonight game . They wanted to make sure Jimmy ankle would not get any worse and for the first time all year they allowed 0 sacks. Hopefully, this grows into the games coming up.

We just wrote a story on Jimmy Garoppolo if he was the answer to run this offense and at least for tonight the answer was yes. Kyle Shanahan came up with a great game plan to make sure Jimmy got rid of the ball quickly and the short pass game and it helped the 49ers dominate this entire first half of the game and into the second half .

They took a big chance on the fourth downplay inside the Rams 40-yard line and completed a slant pattern that George Kittle took to the house. This was the 49ers we remember of last year and who knows maybe this is exactly what they needed to get them rolling again.

The difference of the defense was having Jason Verrett playing at such a high level and finally getting back Emmanuel Mosley to play the other side of the corner back spots. When you really do not have a pass rush and great cornerback coverage this will make the quarterback hold it for a second more then he wants to and mess up there timing. That is exactly what happened tonight, and it felt good to get a win and the first win at Levi stadium.

Deebo Samuel was the dagger of this game from a jet sweep touchdown, to a third down jet sweep that put the game away for good with him knocking players over like empty water bottles.

There is still a lot they can work on and hopefully with getting some players back every week it will help the coaching staff back to their winning ways.

Next Up: New England Patriots (2-3) Away @ 1:25 PM this Sunday

Will Jimmy Garoppolo be the QB in 2021

By: Bryan Bauer

The New England Patriots sent Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers, three years ago on October 30, 2017.Why does the organization, Head Coach, Fans still are unsure of what they really have under center?

We remember the story that John Lynch shared with the media in the 2017 offseason when they called the Patriots. John asked about Jimmy Garoppolo availability to strike a deal in a trade and Patriots said that Jimmy was not available at the time. John next question was Tom Brady available for a trade? They both laughed but who was to believe that same year we would strike a deal for Jimmy that year and three years later the 49ers did talk to Tom Brady even though the 49ers have still denied that they did .

Kyle Shanahan took over a team that did have some bad apples on the roster. He brought in players that he wanted and making tough decisions like releasing Navarro Bowman and others hat where huge question marks on how to build this team. Kyle imagination was to wait for Kirk Cousins to be a free agent and he would lead the 49ers for the future. When Kyle and John took over this team it was always about talking out decisions as a team .When they acquired Jimmy the story that was told to the media was a fabrication and Kyle was not happy how this entire situation went down per a source .

The first question came up as some of the great beat writer , Grant Cohn from Sports Illustrated made a comment this offseason that there was some disconnect .Kyle has gone on a lot of radio shows , podcast and has always said , we have to find out if Jimmy is the guy for this organization and the future . Going into year 3 and just miss winning a super bowl on the biggest stage this should not be a question, but it still is with the 49ers.

Some of the QB that could be on the realistic on radar would be Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz. These players are all exceptionally good players, however besides for Rodgers would they bring more to the table for the future or just a band aide?

The other option would be the NFL Draft , Trevor Lawrence will be the number one pick in the draft , then you will have Justin Fields from Ohio State , he will also be taken with the first ten picks in this draft. Then the other player would be based off of one game and that would be Trey Lance from North Dakota State. Let us face the facts that even though Kyle choice was Kirk Cousins, Jimmy is here for the future until a better option appears.

49ers Collapse on The Back Up Performance of Nick Mullens

By Bryan Bauer

The San Francisco 49ers come back home and faced an 0-3 Eagles team that to be honest was playing terrible football. This was a game that I thought the 49ers had a chance to win this game by possibly 25-30 points by the way the Eagles played up to this point.

They had all the momentum coming into this game with there stars, like George Kittle , Deebo Samuel coming back off there injuries. 49ers back up Nick Mullens just came off a road game that he was perfectly accurate with his throws and playing great with his first start last week. How one week can change how back up players play in this league. First two throws were to a wide-open Kendrick Bourne and then a blown coverage after Kyle Juszczyk acted like he was blocking and slipped by the linebacker and no one was around him, Mullens overthrew him for a possible walk in touchdown. Moma said there would be days like this.

The impressive Brandon Aiyuk that had another great game with an amazing run after a quick throw in the flat broke tackles and then leaped over a defender into the endzone that will be on highlight reel for years to come.

Once again Jerick Mckinnon has struggled all year long with picking the right holes to hit in the zone scheme running game .The other huge issue has been 2019 stand out Daniel Brunskill who really shined at the tackle position last year . He won the right guard position this year and it has been a disaster as former 49er Michael Person was let go this offseason for the same issue. This is a huge problem and even a worse situation this year. Jimmy Garoppolo has an injury because of his lack of pass blocking and Brunskill gave up 2 more sacks tonight that in four games so far has allowed 6 sacks total.

Mike Mcglinchey in my opinion was one of his worst games as a 49er since his rookie year verse Von Miller. These are things that Joe Staley helped McGlinchey with to get him ready for the next step in his career.

Third QB on the depth list came in to try to give the 49ers a spark and he did just that, C.J Beathard came in the game after over hyped Mullens was pulled. He came in and moved the 49ers right down the field. I would imagine if Jimmy Garoppolo cannot go next week verse the Dolphins next week Beathard will get the start.

All the people that where cheering for Mullens to be the starter for some reason are incredibly quiet tonight, as Kyle said this Jimmy Team!

Ziggy Ansah tore his Bicep during the game and after the MRI is taken tomorrow, 49ers expect him to go to season ending injured reserve. Another big blow as that will make it an even dozen players on the IR for 2020.

The San Francisco will need a win next week verse the Dolphins if they want to stay in the race as you can’t win the division in October but you sure can loose it with another bone head loss next week.