Sky High

The 49ers Story Part 4- Sky High

  • San Francisco 49ers
By Anthony Esbensen October 31, 2020 0 Comment
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After a great end to the 2017 season, expectations would be sky high going into next season. Especially when on February 8th, 2018 to begin the off-season, the 49ers reach a contract extension with Jimmy Garoppolo. Five years and over 137 million dollars for the former Patriot.

When you see a finish to an end of a season like the 49ers just had, there is a great reason for optimism. Winning five straight to end the season is no joke.

The biggest question is how will John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan build their team to make sure the playoffs are reached? How will those sky high expectations be met?

Free Agency

The 49er’s first big signing of the off-season was Richard Sherman on a 3-year deal. Sherman goes to a young team as the experienced veteran, who still had plenty of ball left in him. Plus the deal was only for 3 years and not longer.

After that, the money went to 2 offensive pieces with a 5 year deal for Weston Richburg and a 4 year deal with Jerrick McKinnon. After the big pieces were signed, it was mostly depth for the 49ers. They would sign Korey Toomer, Jonathan Cooper, and Jeremiah Attaochu. All 3 of these guys were 1-year deals however, they needed to add some depth.

That would wrap up their free agency as it was time to go to the draft.

The Draft

The 49ers began the draft with a top 10 pick and using that to select Mike McGlinchey out of Notre Dame. This pick was great for the 49ers, they wanted to get their right tackle of the future. However, this probably meant that Trent Brown was going to get moved at some point.

In the second round, they got Dante Pettis out of Washington, who currently in 2020 they are looking to trade. So that really hasn’t turned out too well for the 49ers. Next, they would get Fred Warner, who is now one of the best defensive players on the team. Another great steal by John Lynch. The only other notable pick might be Richie James in the 7th round, he can help out their special teams and is another solid option at receiver, not bad for the 7th round.

They would also pick up some nice UDFAs like starting cornerback Emmanuel Moseley. They also picked up depth at tight end with Ross Dwelley and running back Jeff Wilson. That would be pretty much the draft for the 49ers and another solid one for John Lynch.

They also would trade Trent Brown to the Patriots.

In conclusion, the 49ers came into the off-season getting the roster ready for 2018. Expectations would be sky high for them with the way they ended last year and based off the moves they made they believed in themselves also. It was another good off-season in hindsight for the team as well.

 

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