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Better Rivals podcast: Roster quality entering year 3

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Is this roster any better than it was a year ago?

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we wrap up our evaluation of the current 49ers roster by identifying the team’s very best, core players. How are we feeling about our incumbent Tier 1 players after another season? (17:28) Which players make their debut in the top tier? (24:46) And what are our major takeaways after going through the entire roster? (37:24) All that, plus thoughts on a boring Super Bowl (2:23), the absurdity of franchising kickers, and looking ahead to the primary focuses for this offseason.

49ers Roster

PLAYER POS AGE 2018 SNAPS CONTRACT EXPIRES TIER
PLAYER POS AGE 2018 SNAPS CONTRACT EXPIRES TIER
DeForest Buckner DI 24 852 2021 1
George Kittle TE 25 930 2021 1
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 27 198 2023 1
Mike McGlinchey T 24 1055 2023 1
Marquise Goodwin WR 28 436 2022 2
Matt Breida RB 23 364 2020 2
Jerick McKinnon RB 26 0 2022 2
Kyle Juszczyk FB 27 663 2021 2
Dante Pettis WR 23 453 2022 2
Laken Tomlinson G 26 1028 2022 2
Fred Warner LB 22 1060 2022 2
Weston Richburg C 27 968 2023 2
Joe Staley T 34 1006 2020 3
Jaquiski Tartt S 26 437 2021 3
Arik Armstead ED 25 608 2020 3
K’Waun Williams CB 27 595 2021 3
Pierre Garcon WR 32 379 2022 3
Garrett Celek TE 30 277 2020 3
Richard Sherman CB 30 836 2021 3
Mike Person G 30 1000 2019 3
Cassius Marsh ED 26 550 2020 3
Ronald Blair III ED 26 534 2020 3
Ahkello Witherspoon CB 23 700 2021 4
Tarvarius Moore CB 22 232 2022 4
Jullian Taylor DI 23 101 2022 4
Sheldon Day DI 24 275 2020 4
D.J. Jones DI 23 239 2021 4
Solomon Thomas ED 23 644 2022 4
Joshua Garnett G 24 59 2021 4
Erik Magnuson G 24 90 2020 4
Nick Mullens QB 23 519 2020 4
C.J. Beathard QB 25 340 2021 4
D.J. Reed S 22 360 2022 4
Adrian Colbert S 25 320 2021 4
Shon Coleman T 27 0 2020 4
Kendrick Bourne WR 23 605 2020 4
Trent Taylor WR 24 321 2021 4
Richie James Jr. WR 23 192 2022 4
Kentavius Street DE 23 2020 4
Pita Taumoepenu ED 24 21 2020 5
Greg Mabin CB 24 163 2019 5
Emannuel Moseley CB 22 5
Kapron Lewis-Moore DI 28 5
Dekoda Watson ED 30 61 2020 5
Ryan Delaire ED 26 23 2021 5
Malcolm Smith LB 29 336 2022 5
Elijah Lee LB 22 476 2019 5
Mark Nzeocha LB 28 175 2019 5
Brock Coyle LB 28 61 2021 5
James Onwualu LB 24 5
Najee Toran OL 23 5
Raheem Mostert RB 26 89 2019 5
Alfred Morris RB 30 251 2019 5
Matt Dayes RB 24 3 2020 5
Jeff Wilson Jr. RB 23 197 2020 5
Antone Exum Jr. S 27 594 2019 5
Jimmie Ward S 27 338 2019 5
Marcell Harris S 24 358 2022 5
Tyvis Powell S 24 104 2019 5
Terrell Williams Jr. S 22 5
Garry Gilliam T 28 85 2020 5
Ross Dwelley TE 23 39 2020 5
Marcus Lucas TE 26 5
Steven Dunbar Jr. WR 23 1 2020 5
Max McCaffrey WR 24 5 2019 5