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This week’s Fanpulse we asked how you would grade the 49ers in free agency. The overwhelming majority of 49ers fan gave the team a “B.”
The 49ers added some quality depth pieces. The team re-signed a good portion of their ERFA’s/RFA’s in free agency. The Niners also re-signed Arik Armstead to a long-term deal, as well as Jimmie Ward. Ronnie Blair and Kerry Hyder are sneaking good pieces along the defensive line, and losing DeForest Buckner, and Emmanuel Sanders make it tough to give the Niners an “A,” even though San Francisco was able to recoup a first-round pick for the star defensive tackle. If the team can add any draft capital for Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis, or Matt Breida, then this grade may rise. For now, a “B” is fair.
The second question is related to the first:
At the end of the season, the 49ers were fresh off a Super Bowl appearance. The season San Francisco had four wins. I don’t care how many injuries they had in 2018, or how many free agents/draft picks were added. The improvement we saw from the Niners in 2019 doesn’t happen often.
The two critical losses above make it tough to feel confident in the 49ers’ direction for now. Let’s see how everything turns out after the draft. We’ll have more clarity on the wide receiver position. We’ll know who is starting on the offensive line. We’ll also have an idea of how the defensive line will look, as well as who is starting in the secondary. There weren’t any splash signings, and that’s not a bad thing. The 49ers still have one of the highest projected win totals in 2020. They didn’t need to make a splash, as they already have a Super Bowl-caliber roster.