3 former players San Francisco 49ers might miss in 2020

Emmanuel Sanders #17 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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The 49ers were forced to part ways with some notable players in 2020, and these three could be missed a lot.

The San Francisco 49ers aren’t immune to going through significant changes during any offseason. But unlike a good chunk of previous years, the Niners are now faced with maintaining what’s already a Super Bowl roster.

Even those kinds of squads face major changes.

Super Bowl teams are comprised of good players. Good players deserve to get paid for their good abilities. The money spent by good teams always winds up pushing up close to the salary cap. It’s a reason why bad teams typically have a lot of cap space on a year-to-year basis. For a long time, the bad San Francisco squads perennially had a lot of cap space.

That wasn’t the case entering 2020, as the Niners had roughly $15 million with which to work.

Fortunately, the 49ers have continuously proven to be one of the league’s best at navigating the cap and negotiating contracts with players that rarely hinder the team’s ability to maintain successful continuity.

Yet there’s always the caveat of parting ways with players who were significant pieces to the team’s efforts.

And in 2020, San Francisco found this out the hard way, being forced to say goodbye to a number of key players who were major components to the team’s Super Bowl run a year ago.

Granted, turnover is a part of any team, and the Niners will have to engineer ways to overcome their year-to-year losses, including those from this offseason.

Still, there’s a good chance the team will miss these three players when its 2020 regular-season campaign kicks off.