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Golden Nuggets: DT Kevin Givens has a bright future with the 49ers

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Sunday, January 23, 2021

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These rumors are only going to get worse as anybody with an ounce of credibility could claim that team A is speaking with team B about a trade. The rumors aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

Enjoy the games today! I’d like to see the Bills and the Packers advance.

On Saturday, radio host Dan Sileo took to social media to share that the Lions and 49ers were in discussions to put together a trade.

T.J. Lang Validates Matthew Stafford Trade Rumors

Many supporters of the Lions have heard these rumors before, but a former Lions offensive lineman had an interesting response.

“I understand .. I think this one may have a little more validity to it,” T.J. Lang wrote on Twitter.

Lang added further after being questioned by Lions supporters, “Let me clarify .. it’s more realistic this year than last year .. last year they had a coach and GM that needed to win and there was no chance they were trading ... could be possible this year with new GM/coach. That’s all I was saying.”

SF 49ers: Top 10 salary cap hits for 2021 team roster

Here are the top 10 cap hits for San Francisco scheduled to be on the books for 2020:

  1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo: $26.9 million (15.1%)
  2. EDGE Dee Ford: $20,784,996 (11.7%)
  3. DE Arik Armstead: $12.5 million (7%)
  4. C Weston Richburg: $11,862,791 (6.7%)
  5. S Jimmie Ward: $11 million (6.2%)
  6. EDGE Nick Bosa: $9,325,509 (5.2%)
  7. OG Laken Tomlinson: $6,585,176 (3.7%)
  8. RT Mike McGlinchey: $6,006,052 (3.4%)
  9. TE George Kittle: $5.45 million (3.1%)
  10. RB Raheem Mostert: $3,608,334 (2%)

Having five of those players finish the season on some form of injury list didn’t help matters much, but injuries could ultimately affect the SF 49ers’ offseason plans.

Two of the three names most commonly associated with cap casualties this season are Ford and Richburg. Cutting them before June 1 could save $6.43 million and $4.90 million, respectively, but the matter is made more complicated by the fact the Niners can’t simply part ways with either player until he’s fully healthy.

Kevin Givens Could Be the Next 49ers’ Defensive Player to Breakout

What’s most exciting is that Givens has been a more efficient pass rusher than Jones. However, his efficiency hasn’t led to matching Jones’ sack production.

Pass Rushing Stats Since 2018: Jones (35 Games) - Givens (14 Games)

  • Pressures: Jones 12 - Givens 9
  • Hurries: Jones 6 - Givens 6
  • Quarterback Hits: Jones 6 - Givens 3
  • Quarterback Knockdowns: Jones 1 - Givens 2
  • Sacks: Jones 5 - Givens 1
  • Source Pro Football Reference

5 teams who should call on SF 49ers CB Richard Sherman in free agency

This may be exactly the kind of team Richard Sherman is looking to join, as they will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with for the better half of a decade with quarterback Josh Allen at the helm.

Sherman would still be able to add his veteran voice to the locker room, but would probably operate as the team’s No. 2 cornerback at best, playing behind superstar corner, Tre’Davious White. Though, there would be a lot less pressure on Sherman to perform at an elite level, as he’d often cover opposing teams’ second or third receiving options.

His salary probably wouldn’t be out of this world, but he’d probably still be able to earn around $9 million a year for multiple years.

If the Bills win the Super Bowl, look for Sherman to try and hitch his wagon to this emerging star-studded East Coast team.

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