4 former players SF 49ers wish were on current roster

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DeForest Buckner, 49ers

DeForest Buckner #99 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

If the SF 49ers could somehow go back in time, they might want to figure out ways to keep these four players around on the roster in 2020.

There’s a song the SF 49ers could probably try singing about turning back time and processing some do-overs when it came to formulating their 2020 roster.

Granted, the roster itself didn’t need a massive makeover. After all, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan had put together a Super Bowl-caliber group the season before, and there weren’t too many needed changes heading into this year.

At 2-3 five weeks through the season, however, it’s only natural to second-guess some of the decisions Lynch and Shanahan have made. True, injuries have largely derailed what was going to be San Francisco’s follow-up campaign to its Super Bowl appearance. But there’s also been individual player regression, unit regression and a general disappointment with how the Niners have performed up to this point.

Revisionist history can always be a little too hyperbole, as you can always go back and change whatever you’d like, and it’s often more silly to think “what could have been” rather than looking at either facts or would-be solutions.

In this case, however, the SF 49ers probably wish they somehow had some of their former players back on the roster to help out with the current state of events.

Instead of going back through the ranks and picking out now-retired Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers — you can do that here if you’d like — let’s instead focus on four former SF 49ers players who are still active and contributing elsewhere other than with San Francisco.

These are the players Lynch and Shanahan would have loved to see on the Niners’ 2020 roster.

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