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Golden Nuggets: The 49ers QB rumor windmill never faces any doldrums

Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

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ESPN projects what 49ers would surrender in trade for Jackson

“Lance would have to head back to the Ravens, but would Baltimore feel the same way about him as Shanahan & Co. did two years ago? These two teams would have to get creative,” Barnwell explains. “What about Lance, Aiyuk and a 2024 first-round pick to the Ravens for Jackson and a 2024 fourth-round selection? I believe the 49ers are more likely to stay put at quarterback outside of adding a veteran backup such as Matt Ryan.”

A step-by-step guide to how the 49ers could improbably acquire Lamar Jackson

“San Francisco already has a bona fide All-Star roster of talent. Let’s consider every part of a potential 49ers’ plan, step-by-step, for them to bring Jackson to the Bay Area.”

49ers mailbag: Where could they splurge in free agency? A logical No. 3 QB? (paywall)

“This season, I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a free-agency splurge on their pass rush, which was a disappointment on last season’s top-ranked defense. The 49ers tied for 10th in the NFL in sacks, which was respectable, but it was a one-man show: No player besides Nick Bosa had more than five sacks or 16 QB hits.”

Jimmie Ward says he never refused to play nickel, not ruling out return to 49ers

“I never refused to play nickel. I never refused to play nickel. I always wanted to play nickel because I watch a lot of film, so I used to see, easy.”

Former first-rounder Mike McGlinchey leads list of 49ers free agents

“Elsewhere on the roster, center Jake Brendel, cornerback Emmanuel Moseley, safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. and offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill are also among the Niners’ top priorities.”

Build your own 2023 49ers: Can you assemble a sustainable 53-man roster? (paywall)

The Athletic is providing you another opportunity to piece together a 53-man roster that fits under the salary cap for the 2023 season. It’s up to you to field a competitive team that doesn’t exceed the 49ers’ limit, which is set at $237.5 million.”

49ers 2023 prospect watch: Hawaii OL Ilm Manning is 49ers’ type

“Manning spent his entire collegiate career as Hawaii’s left tackle and started 60 of the 62 games he played across five seasons. Typically it’d make sense for a left tackle with that much experience to stay at his natural position, but Manning’s 6-4, 295-pound frame will likely cause him to move inside as a pro.”

Jimmie Ward doesn’t seem to agree with 49ers’ assessment of how position change happened

“At first he thought we were crazy,” Lynch said. “He wanted out, but Kyle did a good job. I know they had a meeting and convinced him to stick with it. He did, and sounds like he wants to go back to safety, but I think it adds to who he is as a player to show he has that type of versatility.”