After three long years, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks finally has some competition.
Of course, Brooks has competition at outside linebacker every season; but historically, Brooks is the only 49ers starter that the media annually targets for a pending offseason release that never comes to fruition.
This offseason, Brooks shares the crosshairs with two surprising defensive teammates; four-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, and the 49ers’ best pass rusher, LEO Aaron Lynch.
All three will likely start for the 49ers when the upcoming season begins.
On the offensive side of the ball, the 49ers have another probable starter and cut candidate in tight end Vance McDonald.
The rumor began when the 49ers entertained trade offers for McDonald during the recent NFL Draft, and reportedly turned down one offer. Somehow, the team’s willingness to trade McDonald has morphed into a willingness to cut him.
But the San Francisco 49ers will not cut Vance McDonald — and here are the reasons why.