So, now that the 49ers look to the 2021 season and beyond, is the roster the next thing to blow up?
The offseason appears to be busy, as GM John Lynch and salary cap chief Paraag Marathe work out their plan to rebuild the squad at a time when the 49ers have a pool of free agents and a shrinking budget.
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The 49ers need to turn things around in the quarterback in 2021. And none of their current three-quarters are guaranteed to return, just as none are sure to leave.
The first thing for the organization to do is figure out what to do with Jimmy Garoppolo and his projected salary of $ 25.5 million for next season. If Kyle Shanahan and Lynch decide to go in a different direction, it makes sense for the 49ers to bring back Nick Mullens or CJ Beathard – but not both.
In this case, the 49ers quarterback room would be made up of a veteran quarterback, a rookie, and Mullens or Beathard.
Which is why it would seem logical for the 49ers to pick Beathard as a starter for the last three games to determine which to keep for next season.
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If the 49ers decide to keep Garoppolo, then it would seem reasonable to draft a quarterback and keep either Mullens or Beathard.
I don’t think the 49ers should get rid of their three quarters. There has to be someone in this room who is a carry over into the system.
Left tackle Trent Williams ranks just behind quarterback on the 49ers’ decision list during the offseason. They need to re-sign Williams.
If the 49ers can hold onto Williams, I don’t see the offensive line to justify the investment of a high draft pick or a big free agent signing.
The first-round draft pick should be a rusher, a cornerback, or maybe a quarterback. Assuming Williams is back, I don’t think there is much doubt that Williams, left guard Laken Tomlinson and right tackle Mike McGlinchey will be back next season in their starting positions.
Then can the 49ers make it work at center with Daniel Brunskill or Ben Garland? They could draw an interior in the middle of the towers to compete in the center or right guard, where you’d think Colton McKivitz is currently undergoing on-the-job training for seasons to come.
Overreaction? Maybe not.
We think this deserves some attention. At the very least, that warrants a deep dive for Shanahan and Lynch to determine if there is something to pursue.
The Chicago Bears did not choose the fifth year option for Mitchell Trubisky, so he will be available in the free agent market. And it would only cost a fraction of the ceiling space it would cost to bring Garoppolo back.
Trubisky hasn’t been bad after his rookie season, with 54 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 36 games.
Would it be an improvement over Garoppolo? Hard to say. But would it be better if the overall roster added it and also be able to make an unlimited number of moves with the salary cap space the 49ers would save in the process?
Again, it’s worth having this discussion.
I have a very high opinion of Josh Johnson and his football background. But Johnson was signed to the practice squad as an emergency option in case another 49ers quarterback is unavailable.
Johnson is 34 years old. In the NFL games he’s started in, his teams are 1-7. He threw eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his NFL career.
I understand your frustration, but Mullens and Beathard, both of whom have been in the system for four years, are better options.
I do not agree.
I would place Edge Rusher as a top priority, alongside the cornerback.
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The 49ers must find another option to rush the passer from the outside to, essentially, take the spot the club had hoped Dee Ford would hold for a few years.
Also, it would certainly benefit Nick Bosa if the 49ers were to manage his playing time to maximize his production upon his return from a torn ACL. Another top quality young player could have a positive impact on all levels of defense, as well as offense.
Additionally, the 49ers are also expected to exploit the safe position midway through the draft. Jimmie Ward is defined as a starting security. But the 49ers need another starter or, at least, more depth in the defensive backfield.