The San Francisco 49ers have been among the busiest teams in the NFL during the offseason. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan brought back several of the team’s key free agents, re-signing veterans Trent Williams, Kyle Juszczyk, Jaquiski Tartt, K’Waun Williams, Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley.
Many of the players who re-signed alluded to the fact that the 49ers didn’t get an opportunity to defend their 2019 NFC crown due to all of the injuries last season. The 2019 squad was dominant and came within minutes of winning the Super Bowl. The sentiment was that the 49ers would be a championship contender again in 2020.
Any hopes of winning a sixth Lombardi Trophy were dashed after Week 2. The 49ers stumbled to a 6-10 finish, but given all of their star power, NFL pundits are bullish on the Niners’ chances to get back into contention next season.
Lynch and Shanahan went outside the building to bring in some talent as well. They signed former All-Pro center Alex Mack, pass-rusher Samsom Ebukam and Trent Sherfield, among others. Lynch and Shanahan also made a bold move when they traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins in order to get the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft. The 49ers used the selection on North Dakota State QB Trey Lance, who will give Shanahan a security blanket if incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo cannot stay healthy again next season.
The 49ers’ nucleus is among the most talented groups in the league. With Williams, Fred Warner, Nick Bosa and George Kittle giving the team a championship core, expectations will be high for the 2021 campaign.
Oddsmakers are taking notice as well. The 49ers are listed among the favorites in several categories. Here is a summary of their betting odds, per DraftKings.
Super Bowl winner:
Team to win the most regular season games:
NFC West winner:
NFC West over/under win totals:
49ers, Rams: 10.5
Offensive Rookie of the Year:
Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars): +300
Najee Harris (Steelers) +500
Trey Lance (49ers): +600
Justin Fields (Bears): +700
Kyle Pitts (Falcons): +800
Zach Wilson (Jets): +800
NFL Defensive Player of the Year:
Aaron Donald (Rams): +400
Myles Garrett (Browns): +600
T.J. Watt (Steelers): +700
Nick Bosa (49ers): +1100
Joey Bosa (Chargers): +1200
*Warner is listed at +6600
Coach of the Year:
Brandon Staley (Chargers): +1300
Brian Flores (Dolphins): +1400
Ron Rivera (Washington): +1400
Kyle Shanahan (49ers): +1400
McBay McVay (Rams): +1500
Kevin Stefanski (Browns): +1500
What do you think of where the oddsmakers have the 49ers? Which individual award do you think a member of the 49ers has the best chance to win?