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Golden Nuggets: Cornerback is an option for the 49ers at No. 12

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The Deshaun Watson rumors aren’t going anywhere but I’m already over them. You’ll read a trade prospal below for Watson. The topic came up on Monday and I think it’s important to understand that just because you believe a player isn’t untouchable or should be a part of a trade package, doesn’t mean you think any less of said player.

Deshaun Watson trade fits: Jets, Dolphins, among five blockbuster scenarios

Trade No. 5: Watson to 49ers


Deshaun Watson


Jimmy Garoppolo

Nick Bosa

2021 1st (No. 12)

2022 2nd (can upgrade)

The Texans would be getting from the 49ers a premium pass rusher to succeed J.J. Watt, plus a quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo who would be familiar to new GM Nick Caserio, a fellow New England alum. The 2022 conditional second-round pick would upgrade to a first-rounder if the 49ers reached the playoffs with Watson. This deal was tough on a couple of fronts. Garoppolo and the 12th pick might not sufficiently replace Watson, while the 49ers would be losing a dominant pass rusher one year after unloading DeForest Buckner.

SF 49ers NFL Draft: Patrick Surtain II an option at No. 12

As Brugler alluded to in his article, Surtain may not the be most freakish athlete, but he may remind San Francisco fans of a certain corner they will likely be losing in free agency this year, Richard Sherman. This is not to say that Surtain will reach Sherman’s level, but both are bigger corners who rely on their instincts to win as opposed to athleticism.

Surtain could be the top corner taken in this year’s draft, and he’d likely be a top-10 pick if it weren’t for a probable early run on quarterbacks.

It still somewhat of a dream for the SF 49ers to land Surtain, especially if they elect to sit at the No. 12 overall pick in this April’s draft. But with Brugler being as connected as he is and actually projecting him there himself it certainly gives fans more hope to land one of better corners in the draft.

Why 49ers’ odds of re-signing Williams might have increased

The Pro Bowl left tackle has been vocal about trust with an organization being an important part of his decision making process after his tumultuous time in Washington. He sat out of the 2019 season after a cancerous growth was removed from his head, which he believes the was misdiagnosed and downplayed by the team’s medical staff.

With a healthy roster, Williams strongly believes the 49ers would have been contenders in the post season.

Testing the free-agent market is something that has peaked Williams curiosity but the 49ers likely will attempt to sign the star left tackle before that happens. The 49ers’ coaching staff already tipped the scales in Williams’ decision making process once, and hope to do it again in 2021.

49ers options at quarterback next season

The 49ers could opt to part ways with Garoppolo and go with a first-year quarterback. In this scenario, it probably means they traded up to pick a player they believe can be the franchise signal caller for the next decade-plus. However, San Francisco views itself as a Super Bowl contender and a rookie has never started a Super Bowl. Starting a first-year player under center effectively takes the 49ers out of contention next season, but it could put them in there for a long time if they make the right pick.

Chances: 6%

NFL playoffs takeaways: NFC’s state shows it’s 49ers’ time to ...

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Cleveland Browns after Mahomes left the game with a concussion, and the third time was a charm for Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they turned the New Orleans Saints over three times en route to a 30-20 win.

Brady’s win put him one step closer to one-upping his idol, Joe Montana, once again and set up an NFC Championship Game for the ages that should also inform how the 49ers attack their biggest offseason priority.

The NFL’s final four shouldn’t surprise you, but there were a few things to glean from the divisional round that set up what should be a memorable Championship Sunday.