The 49ers aren’t going to let their players dictate their offseason moves. However, the team’s locker room culture received plenty of credit for their dramatic turnaround and Super Bowl run in 2019, so player feelings regarding pending free agents could color the front office’s thinking at least a little bit.
The 49ers have a ton of tough decisions to make on their roster heading into the 2020 season. Perhaps the best news for the team’s future is that quarterback doesn’t appear to be an issue for them next season.
The 49ers’ list of NFL draft needs will fluctuate greatly depending on how free agency shakes out for them. If they’re able to retain key players like defensive lineman Arik Armstead and free safety Jimmie Ward, they’ll be able to use the 2020 draft to add depth to a Super Bowl-ready roster.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a good year with the San Francisco 49ers under head coach Kyle Shanahan in 2019. But one might want to draw a parallel to another Shanahan quarterback, the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan.
Former undrafted wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has rapidly become an essential piece of the 49ers’ receiving corps. Bourne, an unrestricted free agent in 2020, has consistently produced across his three seasons in San Francisco.