Well, that was a pretty weird draft for the 49ers. Fairly effective overall, but decidedly lacking in fan appeal.
There’s an old saying that if you aren’t getting better, you’re getting worse. In the Niner’s case, however, staying pretty much the same could be considered a triumph, I suppose.
The team lost Joe Staley, Emmanuel Sanders, and Deforest Buckner, but replaced them with Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw. Net gain: salary cap relief. Net loss: TBD. They also traded Matt Breida and Marquise Goodwin, but neither player figured in their plans this coming year.
How everything plays out from here is anybody’s guess right now. My own belief is there will be a football season this year. The Niner FO certainly needs to act like that will be the case, which means we will, too.
As Grumpy stated, this coming season will not be the golden ride last year’s was. With the new playoff format, the NFC West is unlikely to produce the number one seed this year, the only seed that earns a BYE week. The division competition will take its toll on all four teams. No team in the NFC East is good enough to finish number one, either. Which leaves the North and South for the likely top dog.
As for now, we officially enter the Limbo Zone. No OTAs, no minicamp, no idea when the NFL will resume.