The San Francisco 49ers offensive line has had plenty of issues over the first four weeks of the season. They got off to a nice start in Week 1, but it has been downhill since then. At some point, one would think we would see some changes.
Earlier this week, Cam Inman tweeted out this picture of 49ers general manager Trent Baalke paying close attention to the offensive line. In particular, he was looking at Marcus Martin and Jordan Devey doing work.
#49ers GM Trent Baalke watches C Marcus Martin and RG Jordan Devey at practice pic.twitter.com/svdrxrCkGQ— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 7, 2015
Baalke has control of roster transactions, while all indications are that Jim Tomsula handles the game-day roster decisions. At some point, I would hope we would see a change. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw changes sooner rather than later. I've heard some rumblings of changes, nothing specific yet, and I am still trying to confirm how legit those rumblings might be.
The 49ers traded Nick Easton earlier this week, removing one member of the offensive line depth chart. Easton was active the last two weeks, serving as the team's backup center. His departure means Ian Silberman likely is active in Week 5 as the backup center. But that also will depend on anything else the 49ers decide to do with their line this weekend. If the 49ers do add a lineman to replace Easton, it will have to happen by 1 p.m. PT Saturday. We'll see what comes along.