CB Jason Verrett ($5.3 million)
OLB Samson Ebukam ($3.7 million)
CB Emmanuel Moseley ($2.6 million)
FB Kyle Juszczyk ($2.2 million)
Signing four players who will play starter snaps on the first day of free agency is often frowned upon. When those four players total $13.8 million for the 2021 season, it’s impossible to be upset about either of the signings from above.
Over the Cap currently has the 49ers with $20.5 million in team cap space. It’s important to note that this number does not include the latest restructure for Dee Ford, which could put San Francisco anywhere from $26-$29 million. Also, keep in mind the 49ers draft class will cost between $7-$10 million, so they have to set that money aside.
Verrett and Moseley figure to start at cornerback. The team could still add a veteran cornerback, but it feels more likely that the Niners would select a cornerback on the second day of the NFL Draft.
Ebukam’s cap hit tells us the 49ers view him as more of a rotational rusher who would come in on sub-packages. Ebukam fits what San Francisco wants from their edge rushers: athletic, can drop into coverage occasionally, is comfortable playing in space, and can threaten the edge with speed. Signing Ebukam shouldn’t prevent the Niners from adding another pass rusher, as he could also fill the SAM linebacker role at 245 pounds.
Trent Williams, anyone?