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Golden Nuggets: Daniel and Finke were the 49ers highest-paid UDFA’s

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for May 3, 2020

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NBC Sports Matt Maiocco guessed which undrafted free agents the San Francisco 49ers signed have the best chance at making the roster. If money is any indicator, the answer is nose tackle Darrion Daniel from Nebraska and wide receiver Chris Finke from Notre Dame. Here is how much guaranteed money each player received:

Daniel: $105k

Finke: $95k

RB JayMycal Hasty: $90k

DB DeMarcus Acy: $60K

RB Salvon Ahmed: $50K

Those five players were the only ones who Maiocco listed as receiving guaranteed money. We predicted Daniel would make the final 53 because there is nobody else on the roster that can play the position besides D.J. Jones.

Finke being the second-highest-paid UDFA is surprising. I’m curious if the coaching staff values Finke’s return skills over what’s on the roster. Richie James was good in 2019, but that shouldn’t prevent you from wanting to improve. That, plus the future looks bleak at wide receiver as it stands today. After Deebo Samuel, there isn’t a receiver under contract after 2021, so San Francisco could look to groom Finke.

The running backs aren’t surprising considering the success the 49ers have at the position. Hasty is the receiving threat that’s lacking on the roster out of the backfield outside of Jerrick McKinnon. Ahmed is quick and shouldn’t be overlooked, but Hasty should have the leg up on him.

Onto some links:

Knee tendinitis a big deal? NFL doctor discusses 49ers’ Dee Ford, Javon Kinlaw (Branch)

Why the 49ers haven’t traded Nick Mullens (Cohn!)

Staley receives injury settlement heading into retirement (NBC Sports)

Blair praises impact Staley made on 49ers during career (Blair)

Which of 49ers 10 undrafted free agents might make the team? (Madson)

Projecting the role of 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (SI)

49ers WR Kendrick Bourne: ‘We gonna win the Super Bowl’ (49ers Webzone)

What 49ers didn’t do in the 2020 NFL Draft, and one thing they definitely got right (CBS Sports)

Why both 49ers, Bears might regret huge 2017 draft trade (NBC Sports)