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!