49ers depth chart: 4 offensive veterans on the roster bubble
By Peter Panacy
No. 2: 49ers Offensive Guard Tom Compton
San Francisco wasn’t particularly active in free agency during the offseason, at least in terms of bringing aboard outside talent. In short, it couldn’t be thanks to some increasing concerns over how to manage a narrowing amount of salary cap space.
One of the team’s bigger additions was former New York Jets guard Tom Compton, who has spent the better portion of his eight-year career serving as a backup and at-times starter, first with the Washington NFL Team and then with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. Those years under Kyle Shanahan likely drew both Compton and the 49ers together for 2020, as Shanahan has shown a preference for players having previously operated in his system.
But that might not be enough for Compton to make the cut after inking his one-year deal worth up to $2.7 million.
As noted earlier, Daniel Brunskill could have the inside track towards securing the starting right guard spot this season. Should Compton lose out, the Niners would have to think hard about retaining the veteran or generating $1.95 million in much-needed cap space by parting ways with him.
If the latter winds up being the case, depth linemen like Colton McKivitz or Ross Reynolds could ultimately get the nod.
Still, it would be quite the shock if Compton, one of San Francisco’s “big” free-agent grabs from the offseason, doesn’t hang around.