Wednesday was a fairly important day as the offseason continues to hum along. The combine wrapped up its third day, notably including the measurements for linemen. Considering the stock placed in length for both offensive and defensive linemen, today will likely send a few shockwaves through mock drafts. Oddly enough, one participant increased his arm length over an inch from the senior bowl practices!
More importantly, however, was the Franchise Tag deadline. I was personally devastated to see both of the MSU heroes, Le'Veon Bell and Kirk Cousins, get franchised. However, popular targets with the fans, Dontari Poe and Brandon Williams, made it to the deadline without the tag, seemingly opening the door for them to test the market.
It will be interesting to see what effect the events of Wednesday will have on the upcoming Free Agency period, and NFL Draft.
Specifically to the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick's agents have informed NFL teams that the QB will be entering free agency. This, of course, leaves the 49ers without a single QB on the roster. But wait, there's more! Kirk Cousins was given the franchise tag by Washington, and reports are out that NE will retain Garoppolo. The 49ers QB situation will certainly be a critical one to follow over the upcoming months.
For now, your Nuggets:
Shanahan not closing door on Kaep | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Coaching staff unsure whether Ward is CB or S | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
0 QBs on 49ers roster | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Quinn: 49ers in good hands | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Kaepernick's agents inform teams of opt out | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Dawson's future uncertain, 49ers may need kicker | Wagoner, ESPN
DT Williams, Poe not franchise tagged | Madson, Ninerswire
QB Garoppolo to remain with NE | Biderman, Ninerswire
Winners, losers from Combine | Brinson, CBS
Shanahan on Hyde: Not a finished product, he's our guy | Larrabee, 247Sports