The last time the 49ers were a playoff team, the defensive line had the likes of Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Ahmad Brooks, and company. That line was able to put a lot of a pressure on QBs and caused all sorts of issues for offensives that allowed the defense to excel. Current 49ers GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan are trying to build a defensive line that is as formidable as that line. The defensive line has been rebuilding for a few years with high draft picks, but it has not produced consistently other than DeForest Buckner.
The offseason was used to add the final pieces that the defensive line needed. The team was lacking pass rushers on the edge, but 2 of the biggest additions should address that need. Dee Ford was signed as a free agent after having an excellent year last season with the Kansas City Chiefs and Nick Bosa was drafted with the #2 overall pick in the draft. If either or both of these players can generate a pass rush and DeForest continues to play like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, this defense can be a top NFL defense.
On Tuesday, the 49ers made a set of roster moves. Former offensive lineman Anthony Davis, who is trying to make a comeback, was released as was linebacker Pita Taumoepenu, a sixth round pick by the 49ers from 2017. The team resigned their former cornerback Dontae Johnson. Dontae spent the last year with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He left the 49ers after the 2017 season.
Was a big need and hopefully it finally produces this season | Defensive front 4 was a priority this offseason (Biderman)
Facing better talent will help the 2nd year lineman | Mike McGlinchey going up against a revamped d-line (Smith)
Start of the 2nd week of OTAs (Maiocco)
Kayvon Webster (Alper)
Both spots are up for grabs | Safety battles (Madson)
Kayvon Webster in for a workout (Branch)
Team releases Anthony Davis (Williams)
Dontae is making his return | Pita cut, Dontae Johnson resigned (Inman)
Roster moves (49ers staff)
Former 49er returns (Biderman)
Can Dontae make the final roster? | Dontae Johnson returns (Branch)
Joe should absolutely end his career as a 49er | Joe Staley (Williams)