Last week was a fun few days. Twelve new John Lynch 49er recruits, basically replacing 12 old Trent Baalke guys.
None of the new players are likely to push the team into the playoffs next year, and many of them came here because they know either Kyle Shanahan‘s offense or Robert Saleh‘s defense. Smart pickups to help move the team more easily through the new offensive and defensive systems that will be forthcoming.
But no mega woo-woo deals — yet.
And the only one currently in sight is the acquisition of Washington’s QB Kirk Cousins. Either this year via trade or next year in Free Agency.
Looks like Washington owner Dan Snyder is making a big push to regain his title as biggest douche owner in the NFL, a crown worn by 49er owner Jed York the past three years. Both of these guys are more well known for destroying teams than building winners. Every now and then, they do something positive, like York has done this year. Then two years later they let their egos run amok and trash what was good, like Snyder has done this year with Scot McCloughan. It’s almost a carbon copy of the York/Baalke ouster of Jim Harbaugh, only in Washington it’s the team President Bruce Allen playing the Baalke role.
There are still some high profile RBs on the market, going through the process of chagrin that their market value is soft this year. Not sure if Lynch has any interest in these boys, but we’ll see.
For the moment, we appear to have improved somewhatish at WR, TE, ILB, QB, and traded out DL Glenn Dorsey for DL Earl Mitchell. And replaced nobody at FB by adding Kyle Juszczyk, a guy who certainly has the kind of name you would want in a fullback.
Hopefully, there’s more to come in the days leading up to the Draft, where we’ll get a much better idea of how Lynch is going to fare as a GM. It’s one thing to identify talent among players already showing it at an NFL level, and quite another to identify college boys who can make the jump.