If and when Garoppolo signs, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch can focus their attention on the rest of the roster, which still has holes in the starting lineup and on the margins heading into next season, when they’ll be a trendy pick to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Assuming the Garoppolo deal gets done soon, here are five priorities for San Francisco to focus on next in our road map through the offseason.
The other free agents
The 49ers are still a team in transition after their dramatic overhaul last spring. That process is still ongoing, which means there could be roster-wide turnover again as Shanahan and Lynch form the team in their vision. Incumbent free agents like starting running back Carlos Hyde, safety Eric Reid, center Daniel Kilgore, guard Brandon Fusco, cornerback Dontae Johnson and defensive end Tank Carradine all have uncertain futures.
(Carlos Hyde – Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
If the 49ers move on from those players, they’ll have replacements in mind either in free agency or the draft. Some will be brought back, with reserve linebacker Brock Coyle and pass rusher Cassius Marsh as likely candidates as they were brought in by the new regime this season.
When it comes to Hyde, the 49ers had a middling rushing attack, ranking 16th in the NFL averaging 4.1 yards per attempt and 21st in total yardage. The upcoming draft is rich with running backs allowing San Francisco to get younger and cheaper at the position with a player more tailored to Shanahan’s one-cut scheme.
Regarding Reid: the team made it clear Jaquiski Tartt is the strong safety of the future. He’s a candidate for an extension while Reid will likely search for a starting job elsewhere, if teams don’t refrain because of his social injustice protest.
Like this article?
Sign up for the Niners Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning
Thanks for signing up.
You’ll be waking up a little more awesome tomorrow.