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San Francisco 49ers Offseason Blueprint

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group

Written By: Alexander Amir

San Francisco had a busy 2018 offseason in which they acquired Jimmy Garoppolo, their hopeful QB of the future, traded for Jerick McKinnon, an explosive albeit statistically underwhelming running back, and signed Richard Sherman, an aging but still effective piece in the secondary. They also invested heavily in their offensive line. Unfortunately, the injury bug hit hard, as Garoppolo, McKinnon, Pierre Garcon, and Jonathan Cooper all landed on Injured Reserve early in the season, while wide receivers Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin each missed 4 games. And of course, the Reuben Foster saga led to his release from the team. On the bright side, the 2018 Draft Class was extremely strong, as Mike McGlinchey, Pettis, Fred Warner, and Tarvarius Moore all showed that their futures are bright. San Francisco will enter this offseason with optimism for 2019.

Available Salary Cap Space- $62,029,329

Free Agents


Robbie Gould- K

Jimmie Ward- CB

Mike Person- RG

Kyle Nelson- LS

Mark Nzeocha- OLB

Alfred Morris- RB

Antone Exum- S

Bradley Pinion- P


Raheem Mostert- RB

Tyvis Powell- S


Greg Mabin- CB

Elijah Lee- OLB

Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Pierre Garcon- WR ($7.2 mil) ($1.075 mil)

Malcolm Smith- LB ($4.2 mil) ($1.25 mil)

Garry Gilliam- RT ($0) ($5.05 mil)

Earl Mitchell- DT ($1.5 mil) ($2.95 mil)

Cassius Marsh- DE ($0 mil) ($4.2 mil)

Joshua Garnett- RG ($1.24 mil) ($1.72 mil)

*All figures for cap purposes are taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of, unless otherwise stated*

Team Needs

Defensive End

Outside Linebacker


Wide Receiver


Offensive Line Depth

Draft pick Allotment

1st Round: #2

2nd Round: #4

3rd Round: #3

4th Round: #2

5th Round: Traded → Lions → Giants

6th Round: #3

6th Round: Compensatory- Aaron Lynch

7th Round: #2

*Compensatory Pick Projection courtesy of Nick Korte of

Mock Offseason

Players Re-signed

Antone Exum- S

Mike Person- RG

Mark Nzeocha- LB

Raheem Mostert- RB

Robbie Gould- K

Bradley Pinion- P

Cap Casualties

Pierre Garcon- WR

Malcolm Smith- LB

Gary Gilliam- RT

Joshua Garnett- RG


49ers get: A.J. Green

Bengals get: 2nd round pick

Free Agent Targets

Devin Funchess- WR (Panthers)

This would be the backup if GM John Lynch can’t trade for a true #1 receiver. Funchess would be the perfect complement to wide receivers Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin. He doesn’t have eye-popping numbers having played in a run-first Carolina Panthers offense, but he’s been reliable for Cam Newton and is still just 24 years old.

Anthony Barr- LB (Vikings)

Barr hasn’t played up to the level that he did from 2014-2015, but he’s still been a solid part of the Vikings defense. He would provide strongside support to Fred Warner and would expand the 9ers playbook with his pass rushing ability.

Brandon Graham- DE (Eagles)

Upgrading the pass rush is a must, and Graham would immediately bring a veteran presence to that defensive line. He would also become an excellent mentor for the young pass rushers that GM John Lynch is bound to draft.

Brett Jones- OG (Vikings)

While SF will likely resign 2018 starter Mike Person, they would ideally like to bring in competition and depth. Jones was a backup for the Vikings this year but performed better than most of the starters when he saw the field.

Steven Nelson- CB (Chiefs)

A young CB just entering his prime, Nelson has shown improvement in Kansas City with the departure of Marcus Peters. If the 49ers can snag him away from the Chiefs, he could learn under Richard Sherman and become a strong #1 cornerback for SF.

4-Round Mock Draft

1st Round: Josh Allen, EDGE (Kentucky)

2nd Round: Traded to Bengals

3rd Round: Amani Hooker, LB/DB (Notre Dame)

4th Round: Ryan Bates, OG (Penn State)

Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!



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