It’s been a long two and a half months since the 49ers’ season ended with a desultory loss to the Seahawks on January 3rd. But we’re finally close to turning the page on a new year.
The shrunken salary cap has pushed a whole lot of veteran players out onto the free agent market, which may or may not help the 49ers, but will certainly give the bottom feeders with plenty of cap room a chance to instantly upgrade their teams.
And a lot of big time teams are scrambling to get under the cap, cutting players right and left. Kansas City jettisoned three of their starting O-line, including both tackles. That’s not good news for Patrick Mahomes, who’s fresh off getting his butt pounded in the SB.
There should be a lot of action over this coming week, though I’m not sure how much the Niners will be involved. If they manage to re-sign Jason Verrett, Trent Williams, and Kyle Juszczyk, the offseason will be a success for them. It’s not likely that K’Wuan Williams will return, which is a bit of a blow, but I’m sure our genius coaches will find a way to compensate.
And maybe it’s a good thing they won’t be making any big name FA signings, given their track record in this regard. Personally speaking, it will be a relief not having to remember the difference between “K’Wuan” Williams and “Kwon” Alexander. I can’t do anything about Juszczyk, but he’s worth the spelling head scratching. If he’s got a brother who joins the team, though, all bets are off.
At any rate, after three months of endless speculation, by this time next week we’ll finally have a good idea what the team will look like in 2021. Four words of advice for Lynch/Shanahan: don’t screw it up.