The San Francisco 49ers have informed starting right guard Mike Person that he is being released, per Adam Schefter. Person battled a neck injury late in the season that allowed Daniel Brunskill an opportunity at right guard. Brunskill showed that he could get the job done. To me, he made Person expendable. Person signed a three-year extension last March. The 49ers will save $2.5 million by releasing Person— who really struggled against the top competition.
If not Brunskill, Ben Garland can be an option as well. The team could let those two players duke it out, and the loser is your swing interior lineman. If you’ve been reading us since the season, you know that I think the world of Brunskill. Comparing him and Garland, Brunsskill is a better fit. He’s a fine run blocker, but he’s lights out as a pass blocker. For what the 49ers need, Brunskill makes more sense.
There are also opportunities in the draft. If the 49ers stand pat at No. 31, Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz is an option. If they trade back, even better, Netane Muti from Fresno State later on in the draft could be another one of John Lynch’s Day 3 gems.