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How 2023 offseason is shaping up

With the first major wave of free agency in the books, the 49ers will be looking for complementary pieces to improve their depth for the remainder of the offseason.

Here’s what the 49ers look like with the rest of the free agency and the NFL Draft coming up April 27-29:


DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles): Expected to be “Mr. Inside” after 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, whether through emergency or performance, will be assessed after Kyle Shanahan rebuilds his game.

DL Clelin Ferrell (Raiders): Will be saddled with a reputation for being “overdrawn” unless he can escape and do something special with the help of Kris Kocurek.

CB Isaiah Oliver (Falcons): Slothoek candidate took most of the season to feel back to normal after ACL surgery in 2021.


QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders): Can Jimmy G’s reputation as a winner actually turn around a five-team franchise over .500 over the last 28 years?

T Mike McGlinchey (Broncos): Should pave the way for some nice wins from Denver runners. The question is whether he can consistently protect the right side for Russell Wilson.

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (Titans): Was destined to be somewhere else, but the surprise was that Ran Carthon got him before DeMeco Ryans.

S Jimmie Ward (Texans): Just like he did for the 49ers, rest assured the franchise is relieved not to hear that he didn’t enjoy playing the slot.

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DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texans): Interior presence could play a more prominent role for Ryans in Houston than for the 49ers.

DE Charles Omenihu (Chiefs): Rebuilt his career with Kocurek after dabbling with Houston. Await resolution of legal matter after arrest for felony domestic violence.

DE Samson Ebukam (Foals): Solid player that 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 staff man Carthon, now Tennessee GM. Loss of versatile reserve hurts.

CB Emmanuel Moseley (Lions): Signed a one year contract after an ACL tear in week 5 and it often takes a year to really get back up to speed.

S Tarvarius Moore (Packers): Former third-round pick in 2018 had more impact on special teams than in secondary.

DT Maurice Hurst (brown): Can take some damage as a three-technique, but had no luck regarding injuries to the Raiders and 49ers.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 18: San Francisco 49ers’ Tashaun Gipson Sr. (31) runs with the ball after an interception against Seattle Seahawks’ Will Dissly (89) in the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group


S Tashaun Gipson: Turning back the clock, Gipson had one of his best seasons at 31 and was brought back to pair with Talanoa Hufanga at the back.

CJake Brendel: Returned on a four-year contract so the 49ers would not need their third different starter in three seasons.

LS Taybor Pepper: Long snapper retained and could work with a rookie place kicker in 2023.

DL Kevin Givens: Was redrawn for depth along the defensive front before the first wave began a negotiation period.

OL Colton McKivitz: As it stands, the versatile veteran will be McGlinchey’s replacement at the right tackle.

W. R. Jauan Jennings: There was no way the trusted third target could go out the door without being offered as an exclusive royalty-free agent.

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DT TY McGill: Another player who will provide depth (usually in the interior) or play a bigger role should Armstead or Hargrave get injured.

LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles: Converted defensive back is a major contributor of special teams and can replace Fred Warner in a pinch.


PK Robbie Gould: If the 49ers make it to the postseason, all eyes will be on the new kicker, as Gould has never missed a playoff punt.

DL Kerry Hyder Jr.: Could return as an outdoor/indoor rotating piece, but likely somewhere near veteran minimum.

TE Tyler Kroft: Will be saddled with the man assigned to block Hassan Reddick on the play that left Brock Purdy’s elbow in tatters.

DE Jordan Willis: Spent much of the injured reserve last season, but don’t be surprised if he’s back and playing a part in the starting line-up.

TE Ross Dwelley: George Kittle’s caddy had only 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. Can reach the end of the line.

FAQ Josh Johnson: Placed in an impossible situation after Brock Purdy’s injury, Oakland Tech’s product is a “break glass in case of

TE Jordan Matthews: Converted wide receiver an intriguing option for someone if they can keep sane.



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