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2017 NFL free agency preview: Offensive line considerations as Chargers release D.J. Fluker

With free agency approaching, it is time to run down the 49ers roster, looking at cap space and free agency possibilities.

The Los Angeles Chargers have released offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, and with the free agency tampering period getting started at 9 a.m. PT, the offensive line is an interesting position for the 49ers to consider.

The 49ers have Joe Staley and Trent Brown at the tackle positions, Joshua Garnett and Zane Beadles at the guard positions, and Daniel Kilgore at center. We have no idea what the 49ers new coaches and front office think of the current alignment, but at the very least, the team is hopefully considering how to upgrade from Zane Beadles.

Although Beadles is not particularly effective, he does have value as a guy who can play all five positions on the line. The 49ers have lacked any kind of depth along the line for some time, and with Andrew Tiller hitting free agency, they lack much in the way of additional options.

If we are looking specifically at guard, the top of the free agency market includes Kevin Zeitler, T.J. Lang, Larry Warford, and Ronald Leary. Fluker is versatile, but has not exactly been particularly good, so he would likely slip a little further down. The biggest question from this group would Lang, who is dealing with some foot and hip issues heading into the start of free agency.

Here is a rundown of all the offensive line

2017 NFL free agency

Offensive Guards

Evan Mathis, Arizona Cardinals
Chris Chester, Atlanta Falcons
Tom Compton, Atlanta Falcons
Vladimir Ducasse, Baltimore Ravens
Chris Scott, Carolina Panthers
Ted Larsen, Chicago Bears
Eric Kush, Chicago Bears
Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati Bengals
Austin Pasztor, Cleveland Browns
Ronald Leary, Dallas Cowboys
Larry Warford, Detroit Lions
T.J. Lang, Green Bay Packers
Oday Aboushi, Houston Texans
Hugh Thornton, Indianapolis Colts
Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville Jaguars
Patrick Omameh, Jacksonville Jaguars
D.J. Fluker, Los Angeles Chargers
Jermon Bushrod, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Fusco, Minnesota Vikings
Mike Harris, Minnesota Vikings
Tim Lelito, New Orleans Saints
Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints
John Jerry, New York Giants
Breno Giacomini, New York Jets
Andrew Gardner, San Francisco 49ers
Andrew Tiller, San Francisco 49ers
Chance Warmack, Tennessee Titans

Offensive Tackles

Earl Watford, Arizona Cardinals
Ricky Wagner, Baltimore Ravens
Jordan Mills, Buffalo Bills
Mike Remmers, Carolina Panthers
Mike Adams, Chicago Bears
Nick Becton, Chicago Bears
Matt McCants, Chicago Bears
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Winston, Cincinnati Bengals
Russell Okung, Denver Broncos
Riley Reiff, Detroit Lions
Don Barclay, Green Bay Packers
David Quessenberry, Houston Texans
Jeffrey Linkenbach, Jacksonville Jaguars
Kelvin Beachum, Jacksonville Jaguars
Sam Young, Miami Dolphins
Matt Kalil, Minnesota Vikings
Jake Long, Minnesota Vikings
Andre Smith, Minnesota Vikings
Tony Hills, New Orleans Saints
Will Beatty, New York Giants
Marshall Newhouse, New York Giants
Ben Ijalana, New York Jets
Ryan Clady, New York Jets
Menelik Watson, Oakland Raiders
Bradley Sowell, Seattle Seahawks
Gosder Cherilus, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Byron Bell, Tennessee Titans


A.Q. Shipley, Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Wendell, Carolina Panthers
JC Tretter, Green Bay Packers
Mike Person, Kansas City Chiefs
Nick Mangold, New York Jets
Cody Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Joe Hawley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian Schwenke, Tennessee Titans
John Sullivan, Washington