The San Francisco 49ers bring back free agent CB Emmanuel Moseley. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee / The Boston … [+]
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Only a few days left until the start of the NFL Free Agency, the San Francisco 49ers take care of some business. First and foremost, this includes General Manager John Lynch and Co., who is solving some issues related to their 40+ upcoming free agents.
It was reported on Friday that San Francisco has re-signed Emmanuel Moseley, an exclusive rights cornerback, on a two-year deal worth up to $ 10.1 million. The platoon returns a likely starter in a defensive secondary school that previously included five upcoming free agents.
The 49ers also announced that they have written out their colleague offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill while they have released the defensive end, Ronald Blair.
Blair’s move was largely procedural as he was set to be free to pick on March 17 after missing all of last season with an injury.
As for Brunskill, he could fit in with the 49ers right guard depending on what happens in the off-season. Below, I’ll break down these steps as San Francisco prepares for the free agency.
San Francisco 49ers create flexibility by re-signing from Emmanuel Moseley
Exclusive tenders for someone like Moseley will be valued at between $ 2.1 million and $ 4.8 million, depending on the success the free agent has had in his career. For Moseley, 24, that number would likely have been somewhere in the middle – about $ 3.45 million.
By signing a multi-year contract with Moseley, San Francisco likely saved a small portion against the 2021 NFL wage cap. It doesn’t matter that the cap has decreased due to the decline in sales caused by COVID-19. Depending on the structure of the $ 10.1 two-year contract and the incentives it contains, the 49ers could save north of $ 2 million. Currently, the 49ers are an estimated $ 24.42 million below the cap.
Moseley, a former vacant free agent from Tennessee, has started 17 games in the past two seasons. During this time he has recorded 97 tackles, 17 defended passes and two interceptions.
If you can get the youngster into a multi-year contract, take care of some business before you have a free hand. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jason Verrett and K’Waun Williams are expected to hit the open market. Sherman is unlikely to come back.
Offensive line depth increased on the heels of Daniel Brunskill News
The San Francisco 49ers re-sign exclusive agent Daniel Brunskill. (Photo by Fred Kfoury … [+]
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Another former vacant free agent, Brunskill can play all five offensive line positions. He started all 16 games a season ago and offers both flexibility and depth.
As with Moseley, its bid value will likely be right in the middle of the minimum and maximum for someone of its caliber. It is estimated that the price will be around $ 850,000.
At this point it seems clear that San Francisco will try to upgrade the right side either through the draft or through the free agency. Keeping Brunskill does not change that. In fact, he was a substitute level starter in 2020.
The San Francisco 49ers continue to work on the salary cap in front of the free agency
Jeff Wilson will play an important role in San Francisco going forward. (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio / Icon … [+]
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At the start of the off-season, San Francisco agreed to new contracts with Jeff Wilson, Ross Dwelley, and Marcell Harris. All three were non-exclusive agents. Each step saved a bit against the salary cap. As mentioned above, the same can be said about Moseley.
Wilson is expected to count towards $ 2.05 million after the former free agent won a total of 733 yards and 10 touchdowns on a clip of 5.3 yards per touch a season ago. At the moment he is the RB2 of the 49ers behind Raheem Mostert.
Dwelley is likely to stand behind George Kittle as the 49ers’ backup bottleneck. This of course depends on what General Manager John Lynch and Co. do in the off-season. Dwelley has had a career-best season with 19 catches and is expected to make $ 1.6 million in 2021.
Meanwhile, Harris’ retention for depth is a bit big. While the former late round player from Florida had problems at times, he is a top performer on a special team. With Jaquiski Tartt given free choice, this became a priority. Harris is expected to earn a base salary of $ 850,000 in 2021.