The San Francisco 49ers are no longer in a position where they need to massively overhaul the roster, yet these five players should be on their way out in 2020.
In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers would turn over more than 70 percent of the team’s roster then-first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan and first-year general manager John Lynch inherited from the season before.
Three seasons later, the Niners are coming off a Super Bowl appearance, albeit a loss, and no longer have widespread spots on the roster in need of upgrades. It’s a reassuring bit moving forward, and it’s also a testament to the work put in by Shanahan and Lynch, plus their entire coaching staff, during that time frame.
But Lynch and Shanahan have made mistakes along the way. Linebacker Reuben Foster, a 2017 first-round NFL Draft pick, was off the team by November the following year. Running back Joe Williams, a 2017 fourth-round selection, never saw a regular-season down at the pro level.
Heading into 2020, the 49ers are armed with only one pick in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. And they’ll be hindered by having just north of $13 million in available cap space as of now, according to Over the Cap.
Yet that won’t prevent Lynch and Shanahan from looking to make some improvements, while also attempting to keep the team strong where it’s already in positions of strength.
That ultimately means players will have to go, even ones who helped usher in the 49ers’ return from laughingstock to Super Bowl contender.
Here are five such players the Niners should part ways with this offseason, even though it might be hard to see some of them go.