No. 1: 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey
The 49ers may have been on the fence about extending their top pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, right tackle Mike McGlinchey, and they did elect to pick up his fully guaranteed fifth-year option entering 2022.
However, if there were any doubts, McGlinchey suffering a serious quad tear halfway through last season jeopardized his chances of coming back on a new re-sign deal in 2023 and beyond.
Even without that factor in play, the Niners may have been disappointed in McGlinchey’s overall impact. While he’s no doubt been one of the league’s better run-stoppers during his four-plus years, his pass protection has been up and down at best. Sure, there was some modest improvement in 2021 before his injury. Yet that’s probably not going to be enough to justify a lengthy new contract after the upcoming season.
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San Francisco already dolled out a whopping contract for perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams entering 2021, meaning it’ll have to be picky with choosing whether or not to spend big again on a would-be McGlinchey extension.
In all likelihood, the 49ers begin looking for McGlinchey’s eventual replacement now in the NFL Draft, possibly looking to fully replace him once the upcoming year comes to a close.