These 2 San Francisco 49ers from 2023 remain unsigned

San Francisco 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley (82)
San Francisco 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley (82) / Michael Owens/GettyImages

Veteran safety Logan Ryan just announced his retirement, which means only two 49ers players from 2023 remain unsigned.

One of the aspects successful teams in the NFL face is the fact it's a copycat league, and other less-successful squads want to tap into whatever was working for those successful squads.

Including grabbing free-agent players who suited up for those Super Bowl-caliber teams.

The San Francisco 49ers didn't suffer too many drastic free-agent losses after falling just short against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl last February. But plenty of the departing players are intended to prop up other teams who are looking to get where the Niners are at.

But not all of San Francisco's players who were under contract last season are signed now.

Logan Ryan retires, only 2 Niners from 2023 team remain unsigned

The 49ers inked veteran safety Logan Ryan off the street (actually, off a cruise) halfway through last season after losing All-Pro Talanoa Hufanga to a season-ending ACL tear.

Ryan, 33 years old, announced his full retirement from the NFL after appearing with the Niners in five regular-season games last season:

Ryans' departure is understandable, particularly with teams like San Francisco looking to get younger and cheaper.

That also doesn't bode well for another veteran safety, Tashaun Gipson, who remains one of two former 49ers from 2023 who doesn't have a new contract yet this offseason.

Gipson, who'll turn 34 years old this offseason, spent the last two seasons with the Niners and even mulled retirement himself after 2022 but stayed on for one more year with San Francisco. It's possible he's considering his options before calling it a career, but it also doesn't appear as if the 49ers are interested in welcoming him back.

The other former Niner who remains unsigned is backup tight end Ross Dwelley, who was usurped by fellow depth tight end Charlie Woerner the last two seasons behind All-Pro George Kittle. However, with Woerner signing on with the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, there was a thought that Dwelley might return.

San Francisco's signing of veteran tight end Eric Saubert this week likely puts a halt to that possibility, though.

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