The San Francisco 49ers have had a busy few days leading up to the start of the NFL’s new year on Wednesday.
General manager John Lynch checked off a few boxes before the negotiating period began by locking up fullback Kyle Juszczyk and re-signing cornerback Emmanuel Moseley.
Everyone knows that priority No. 1 for the Niners is to re-sign left tackle Trent Williams, who should command a salary in the $20 million range.
Here is a recap of what Lynch and co. have done since the season ended:
- Re-signed Juszczyk to a five-year contract worth up to $27 million.
- Re-signed cornerback Jason Verrett to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million.
- Signed free agent linebacker Samson Ebukam to a two-year deal worth $12 million.
- Re-signed Moseley to a two-year deal worth $9.3 million. (per Spotrac)
- Restructured pass-rusher Dee Ford’s contract. The move saved just over $9 million per Over the Cap.
- Restructured injured center Weston Richburg’s contract and saved $6.8 million in cap space.
- Agreed to a one-year deal with ERFA offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill.
- Released defensive lineman Ronald Blair.
- Signed tight end Ross Dwelley and safety Marcell Harris to one-year deals.
- Declined to the 2021 option for linebacker Mark Nzeocha.
- Re-signed depth receiver River Cracraft to a one-year contract.
- Re-signed long snapper Taybor Pepper to a two-year deal.
- Re-signed running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to a one-year contract.
- Re-signed EFRA cornerback Ken. Webster to a one-year deal.
The 49ers lost receiver Kendrick Bourne after he signed with the New England Patriots. It looks like veterans Richard Sherman, Jaquiski Tartt, and Solomon Thomas will also find new homes during free agency.
As of now, Over the Cap has the Niners with $20.5 million in cap space. Most of that will go to Williams if San Francisco is able to re-sign the All-Pro.
There could be some bargain deals for proven veterans after things begin to slow down in free agency. The salary cap will go up significantly for the 2022 season, so we might see some household names take cheaper one-year deals, so they cash-in next offseason.
It’s still early, but how happy are you with the 49ers’ offseason so far? Are there any under-the-radar free agents you think Lynch should target in the coming days?