49ers contingency plan No. 2: Peruse the NFL free agency wire
The first and second waves of NFL free agency are long finished, and it’s likely most teams are waiting to figure out what happens in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft before making any more splash signings.
However, there’s still a notable list of free-agent tackles out there, and the Niners could possibly look at grabbing someone on the cheap as a would-be Mike McGlinchey replacement, or at the very least, a veteran to compete with the aforementioned names on the previous slide for a swing-tackle role.
Granted, none of these free-agent names are going to get fans excited:
- Bryan Bulaga
- Riley Reiff
- Marcus Cannon
- Mike Remmers
- Bobby Massie
- Dennis Kelly
But that’s not the point here. San Francisco might only be looking for a stopgap option to fill in the role, especially if McGlinchey is going to be out for a lengthier period of time.
However, given the 49ers haven’t made any such signings despite their lowish amount of cap space ($1.7 million), it probably suggests they’re either comfortable with McGlinchey’s recovery prospects or are looking at the third and final contingency plan instead.