No. 4: 49ers Offensive Guard Tom Compton
The Niners made a small-but-noticeable tweak to the interior of their offensive line during the offseason, parting ways with their two-year starter, Mike Person, then inking former New York Jets guard Tom Compton to a one-year deal.
The total cap number for Compton’s contract is $2.7 million, which is consistent with what many second- and third-tier interior linemen get for a starter’s role. But with only $750,000 in dead money, if cut, Compton’s placement on the 53-man roster is anything but guaranteed.
Plus, there’s no shortage of competition for Compton’s job. On the surface, it would appear the 49ers are willing to let both Compton and the versatile Daniel Brunskill compete for the starting job. And if Compton wins that competition, stemming from his previous time under head coach Kyle Shanahan back with the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, fine. Brunskill would likely hold onto a roster spot anyway given his positional flexibility.
But if Brunskill wins, particularly if one of the other O-line interior depth players play well enough in training camp, Compton could have an exceptionally difficult time holding onto a roster spot once Week 1 rolls around.