Per Tom Pelissero, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Shon Coleman has opted out of the 2020 regular season. Coleman beat lymphoblastic leukemia as a teenager, so you wonder how much his previous health conditions and family played a part in Coleman’s decision to opt-out. That would suggest Coleman qualifies for the “high risk” opt-out stipend of $350,000.
Coleman was going to be on the fringe of making the 49ers roster this season. The team drafted Colton McKivitz, and have Justin Skule as their swing tackle. I thought Coleman would make the roster due to being a better pass protector. Skule enters his second-year and has room to grow, and the 49ers can also plug Daniel Brunskill in at either tackle spot. The decision to opt-out opens the door for both players to make the roster. I’m curious if the Niners look at any veteran free agents available, or do they roll with the young tackles on the roster?
Coleman’s cap number this season was $962,000.