The San Francisco 49ers are going to have a plethora of cap space in 2019 and can be aggressive in NFL free agency. But these five players should be avoided.
Sometimes, it’s the deal teams don’t make in NFL free agency that makes the biggest difference.
Case in point for the San Francisco 49ers, they didn’t land wide receiver Allen Robinson or offensive guard Andrew Norwell early in 2018. Norwell ended up signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, of course, while Robinson ended up with the Chicago Bears. Both had OK seasons, yet neither proved to be that true impact free agent as hoped.
The Niners will be armed with just shy of $70 million in cap space, according to Over the Cap, which will afford general manager John Lynch to be both aggressive and possibly outbid a number of other teams for the services of top-quality free agents.
But there are bad deals, too. And none of Lynch’s signings want to be associated with the list of worst 49ers free agents in franchise history.
Back in January, Niner Noise’s Timothy Miller broke down five free agents San Francisco should avoid this offseason. Most of them had one thing in common: being up there in age.
For the most part, the 49ers don’t need to add age to a predominantly young squad. While a savvy veteran or two could make a difference, going with the youth movement seems to be the team’s method of operation.
That said, there are even younger free agents San Francisco should avoid this offseason.
Here are five such players, not restricted to just being old.