What are the 49ers’ 3 biggest offseason needs entering 2023?
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers will still carry over a Super Bowl-caliber roster entering 2023, but they’ll need to make some improvements via free agency and the NFL Draft.
Despite an ugly and one-sided loss in the 2022 NFC Championship game, the San Francisco 49ers are still viewed as serious Super Bowl contenders heading into the league’s new year.
At least according to the latest oddsmakers that list the Niners as the third-best team to win the Super Bowl, trailing only the Buffalo Bills and the now-defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
San Francisco’s core remains intact, although there are going to be inevitable questions surrounding head coach Kyle Shanahan’s quarterback situation.
With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo headlining a notable list of 49ers players hitting NFL free agency, will Shanahan turn to Brock Purdy or Trey Lance to helm the offense under center in 2023?
That’ll be important.
However, bulking up and improving the roster will also be vital this offseason. Whether it’s through free agency or the 2023 NFL Draft might not matter as much, although the contexts for both are important. According to Over the Cap, Shanahan and general manager John Lynch currently have just over $8.8 million in salary cap space with which to work.
On top of that, and despite having as many as 11 picks in the upcoming draft, the Niners are going to be idle in the first two rounds in the wake of trades that landed Lance and All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.
Needless to say, it might be tough for San Francisco to address those needs.
But those needs aren’t going to go away. Here are the three biggest ones.