Niner Noise ranks out the 49ers’ best moves of the offseason, including the NFL Draft and free agency.
With the majority of player movement finished for the offseason, the San Francisco 49ers have done well to make the best of a few sticky situations.
With their back against the wall in terms of the salary cap and lack of NFL Draft capital, the team has focused on reloading through the draft to keep their status as the best team in the NFC intact.
Here are five moves from the Niners that were really smart, measured and designed to keep the team moving forward.
Honorable mentions include extending defensive tackle Arik Armstead, maintaining team continuity ahead of next season and the decision not to pursue quarterback Tom Brady.
No. 5: 49ers trading with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In the 2017 NFL Draft, the 49ers were able to obtain extra picks from the Chicago Bears by convincing the team that they absolutely needed to trade up to the No. 2 pick to obtain quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
This year, a similar situation occurred as the team traded down from No. 13 to No. 14 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and obtain an extra fourth-round selection.
The Buccaneers took tackle Tristan Wirfs, while the 49ers would get their man in defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.
The 49ers then were able to flip that selection afterward to grab their (second) man.
San Francisco was short on draft capital, but this really nifty move ended up going a long way toward giving them the ammunition needed to make a big splash in the first round despite the lack of picks.
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