The 49ers navigated a tough offseason about as well as they could have, yet there are still moves John Lynch and Co. will regret in time.
The challenges are much tougher for the San Francisco 49ers entering 2020 than they were at any point since general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan took over back in 2017.
For starters, the team is good now after coming off a Super Bowl and is essentially retaining all but three of its starting cast from last season. And considering the Niners lost stalwart left tackle Joe Staley to retirement, landing a replacement in Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams is about the best way the team could have possibly gone.
Just for two mid-round NFL Draft picks in exchange, too.
All told, San Francisco navigated a tricky offseason about as good as it could have. For those who strongly criticized the 49ers’ moves and non-moves, all one has to do is look at NBC Sports’ Rich Eisen’s defense of Lynch and Co.’s actions.
That being said, there are moves and non-moves Lynch and the front office could regret in the coming weeks, months and potentially years.
Being a Super Bowl contender, the Niners no longer have the luxury of swimming well under the salary cap where most teams reside. They’re pressed up against it now, which prompted some of the key decisions the team had to make during the offseason.
Case in point, the 49ers had to trade off Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to clear up cap space and prevent them from committing a lucrative amount of money to a top player.
While that move hurts, it’s not quite one of the moves Lynch and Co. will regret making in the not-so-distant future. Instead, here are three others they’ll likely regret.