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John Lynch: ‘[It’s] somewhat liberating’ having no quarterbacks on the roster

The 49ers head into free agency likely with no quarterbacks on their roster. I think they might add one or two.

The San Francisco 49ers are headed into free agency next week without any quarterbacks on the roster, but that does not bother John Lynch. The 49ers new general manager told the media on Thursday that in some ways it is liberating to not have a quarterback on the roster.

“We’ve got some great options at our disposal. A lot of people look at it like ‘oh my gosh, you don’t have any quarterbacks’ but that also is somewhat liberating in that you can create this thing in that position that is so critical in the way that you want it.”

I would not expect Lynch to talk about how awful it is they don’t have a quarterback, but it is still a slightly amusing line to talk about it being liberating. I’m sure he would prefer to have a franchise quarterback on the roster, but given what the past two years has produced, a complete rebuilding process needs room to work. He is clearly more of an optimist. After all, no quarterbacks means you can make the depth chart into most anything you want. Maybe you can’t add Tom Brady, but you have a lot of options to consider.

Lynch was effusive in his praise of the four first round QB prospects. He talked up DeShone Kizer, DeShaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, and Patrick Mahomes. It could be as much about trying to drum up trade interest, but the 49ers could very well like something about each of them. Whether they like one enough to select at No. 2 is another question entirely.

If the 49ers did draft a quarterback at No. 2, it would be only one of three or four additions to the depth chart. My guess is we see two veterans signed as free agents, one drafted in day one or two, and then one either drafted on day three, or signed as an undrafted free agent.