The first week of Free Agency is in the books and lots of players now have new addresses for the 2021 season. The 49ers essentially spent the week re-signing their own free agents instead of bringing in new guys. The only outsiders signed were center Alex Mack, edge rusher Samson Ebukam, and safety Tavon Wilson. Not real exciting or wowzer fan appeal, but a solid and effective week nonetheless.
Mack is 35, but he should have a couple years left to stabilize a position that was a turnstile of marginal talents last year. The whole team was a bit of a turnstile last year, but surely that won’t happen two years in a row. Right, fellas! (voice in the back, ha ha ha ha).
The one important player the 49ers have not yet re-signed is NB K’Waun Williams. We all assumed he would follow Robert Saleh to the Jets, but the first week went by and nothing happened. In fact, Williams’ name didn’t surface at all anywhere, even on PFT’s Top 100 FA list, which probably says much about PFT’s knowledge of anything happening west of the Appalachians (hint: squattola) and there are those who think their knowledge of what’s east of said mountain range is a bit thin, also.
Williams finally surfaced Monday in a rumor that he was visiting the Chiefs. This probably means he’s looking for too much money, but we’ll no doubt soon find out.
We should see a whole lot more FA signings this coming week, full of players that provoke fan reactions like “Never heard of this guy.” Ebukam and Wilson fall into this category, actually. Some of them will surprise us and some of them won’t make it through training camp.
At any rate, 2021 is here and it has a very good chance of being a whole lot better than 2020. Except maybe for Deshaun Watson, whose reputation went from good guy/hot commodity to WTF/weirdo in one record freefall week.