Ranking 49ers' 5 biggest head-scratching moves from 2023 offseason
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers didn't have an earth-shattering offseason in free agency and the NFL Draft, but they did have some notably questionable moves anyway.
Earlier, we broke down what we thought were the San Francisco 49ers' five best moves from the offseason, drawing from the entire pool of transactions from free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft.
Exploring the flip side, though, we have to examine the worst moves the Niners made along the way, too.
Granted, some of these "worst" moves aren't necessarily bad. In many cases, we don't know how they'll pan out.
That said, they still should be classified as questionable. And even though San Francisco managed to overcome some serious losses in NFL free agency and also lacked first- or second-round picks in the draft, one could easily look at general manager John Lynch's offseason as a modest success.
Even if these five moves were a little on the odd side.
49ers head-scratching move No. 5: Not re-signing Emmanuel Moseley
The 49ers don't have too many weaknesses on either side of the ball, but some could point out shortages on defense within the secondary, namely at cornerback.
A big reason why is the Niners elected not to re-sign one of their long-time defensive backs, Emmanuel Moseley, who was coming off a Week 5 ACL tear but ended up inking a one-year, $6 million deal with the Detroit Lions instead.
$6 million for a starting-caliber cornerback, even if he's coming off an injury, is exceptionally cheap. It's a wonder why San Francisco couldn't do slightly better than what Moseley got from Detroit.
Now, the 49ers can only hope third-year pro Deommodore Lenoir picks up the slack where Moseley left off. Based on his efforts in relief of Moseley last year, Lenoir could be up to the task.
Yet it might have been smarter to retain Moseley anyway to keep the depth intact.