49ers’ offseason checklist: Where things stand after first wave of free agency
With the first major wave of free agency in the books, the 49ers will look for complementary pieces to improve their depth for the remainder of the offseason.
Here’s how the 49ers are looking with the remainder of free agency and the NFL Draft to come on April 27-29:
FREE AGENTS FROM OTHER TEAMS
DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles): Expected to become “Mr. Inside” to Nick Bosa’s “Mr. Outside”. Should be the best 1-2 pass-rush punch in the NFL.
QB Sam Darnold (Panthers): Viability as a potential starter, either through emergency or performance, will be assessed after Kyle Shanahan rebuilds his game.
DL Clelin Ferrell (Raiders): Will be saddled with “overdrafted” reputation unless he can break out and do something special with help from Kris Kocurek.
CB Isaiah Oliver (Falcons): Slot corner candidate took most of the season to feel normal again after 2021 ACL surgery.
FREE AGENT DEPARTURES
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders): Can Jimmy G’s reputation as a winner actually turn around a franchise that’s had five teams above .500 in the last 28 years?
T Mike McGlinchey (Broncos): Should pave the way for some nice gains by Denver runners. The question is if he can consistently protect the right side for Russell Wilson.
LB Azeez Al-Shaair (Titans): Was destined to be elsewhere, but the surprise was Ran Carthon got to him before DeMeco Ryans.
S Jimmie Ward (Texans): As much as he did for the 49ers, rest assured the franchise is relieved to not hear about how he didn’t like to play the slot.
DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texans): Interior presence could have a more prominent role for Ryans in Houston than he did with the 49ers.
DE Charles Omenihu (Chiefs): Rebuilt his career with Kocurek after floundering with Houston. Awaits resolution of a legal issue after misdemeanor domestic violence arrest.
DE Samson Ebukam (Colts): Solid player who the 49ers hoped would become more of an outside pass rush threat to pair with Bosa.
OL Daniel Brunskill (Titans): Also poached by former 49ers personnel man Carthon, now GM in Tennessee. Loss of versatile reserve hurts.
CB Emmanuel Moseley (Lions): Signed a one-year deal after Week 5 ACL tear and it often takes a year to truly get back up to speed.
S Tarvarius Moore (Packers): Former third-round pick in 2018 made more of an impact on special teams than in the secondary.
DT Maurice Hurst (Browns): Can do some damage as a three-technique but had zero luck regarding injuries with the Raiders and 49ers.
FREE AGENTS RE-SIGNED
S Tashaun Gipson: Gipson turned back the clock, had one of his best seasons at age 31 and was brought back to pair with Talanoa Hufanga on the back end.
C Jake Brendel: Returned on a four-year deal so the 49ers wouldn’t need to have their third different starter in three seasons.
LS Taybor Pepper: Long-snapper retained and could be working with a rookie place-kicker in 2023.
DL Kevin Givens: Was re-signed for depth along the defensive front before the first wave began with negotiating period.
OL Colton McKivitz: As it stands, the versatile veteran will be McGlinchey’s replacement at right tackle.
WR Jauan Jennings: No way the reliable third-down target was getting out the door without being tendered as an exclusive rights free agent.
DT T.Y. McGill: Another player who will provide depth (mostly on the interior) or have a bigger role should Armstead of Hargrave be injured.
LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles: Converted defensive back is a core special teams contributor and can sub for Fred Warner in a pinch.
PENDING FREE AGENTS
PK Robbie Gould: If the 49ers make the postseason, all eyes will be on the new place kicker since Gould never missed a playoff kick.
DL Kerry Hyder Jr.: Could return as an outside/inside rotational piece but probably at somewhere near veteran minimum.
TE Tyler Kroft: Will be saddled with being the guy assigned to block Hassan Reddick on the play that left Brock Purdy’s elbow in tatters.
DE Jordan Willis: Spent much of last season on injured reserve but don’t be surprised if he’s back and a factor at base end.
TE Ross Dwelley: George Kittle’s caddy had just three receptions but one went for a 56-yard gain against the Rams.
CB Dontae Johnson: Reliable veteran played in just two games last season after being in 16 in 2022. May be reaching the end of the line.
QB Josh Johnson: Placed in an impossible situation after Brock Purdy’s injury, Oakland Tech product is a “break glass in case of
TE Jordan Matthews: Converted wide receiver an intriguing option for someone if he can stay healthy.
2023 DRAFT PICKS
The 49ers should be in good position to maneuver for late Day 2 and Day 3 picks should they find a place-kicker they want (Jake Moody?):
Round 3 (99)
Round 3 (101)
Round 3 (102)
Round 5 (156)
Round 5 (165)
Round 5 (173)
Round 6 (216)
Round 7 (224)
Round 7 (248)
Round 7 (253)
Round 7 (255)