The San Francisco 49ers were big buyers in the 1st days of free agency last week. They had around $100 million in cap space at the beginning of free agency and they did not hesitate to use that money immediately. Big money deals were given to WR Pierre Garcon and FB Kyle Juszczyk. The 49ers also addressed their lack of QBs. They had no QBs on the roster, but were able to add 2 in Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. The latest free agent to visit was OL Bryon Bell, who missed all of last season after dislocating his ankle.
The main storyline for the last week had been the possible reunion of Kyle Shanahan and QB Kirk Cousins. Over the weekend, Kirk signed his franchise tag with Washington. The 49ers can still trade for him, but the most likely scenario is that Kirk stays with Washington for the season and he walks in the offseason. The 49ers are still considered to be his eventual destination when he is able to leave and acquiring him next season will not cost them any compensation to Washington.
Now that it seems likely Kirk is staying in Washington, newly signed QBs Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only QBs on the current roster. Brian is seen as a placeholder at QB until they find their franchise QB and the 49ers are paying him as a #2 QB. The contract pays him $7.5 million this season and $2.9 million guaranteed in 2018. He played under Kyle Shanahan and is familiar with the offense that Kyle runs. The 49ers will look to bring a QB or 2 in free agency and the draft to compete for the starting job.
Big money to the FB | One Play Made Kyle A Bunch Of Money (Smith)
Hoyer wants the job | Focused On Being The 49ers Starter (Wagoner)
He did not have the best time | Torrey Smith On His Time With 49ers (McManus)
Hoyer Reunited With Kyle (Williams)
The new 49ers swiss army knife | How To Utilize Kyle Juszczky (Maiocco)
O-Lineman Visit (Biderman)
Replacing Phil Dawson | Robbie Gould (Branch)
Overpaying For Malcolm (Biderman)
Hoyer’s Contract (Biderman)
Mock Draft (Cohn)
Steady rising | New Pick At #2 (Biderman)
Another QB Hits Free Agent Market (Biderman)