5 underrated moves 49ers made during 2023 offseason

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch
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The 49ers had a handful of splash additions via free agency and the NFL Draft, but don't overlook these under-the-radar moves by John Lynch and Co.

The San Francisco 49ers didn't need to do too much entering the 2023 season, and that's usually the case with teams that already boast a Super Bowl-caliber roster.

For starters, general manager John Lynch was already limited with salary cap space to attack NFL free agency. Plus, in the wake of previous trades to acquire quarterback Trey Lance and running back Christian McCaffrey, Lynch and the Niners were without first- or second-round picks in this year's NFL Draft, too.

Almost by default, San Francisco would have to rely on underrated and under-the-radar moves to bolster the team as much as possible.

Now, that didn't stop the 49ers from engaging in a big splash and signing former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

However, let's look at five other offseason moves that aren't getting discussed as much but probably should.

No. 5: 49ers re-sign C Jake Brendel to 4-year deal

A year ago at this time, many a fan was worried perennial backup lineman Jake Brendel would be able to fill the void left by retiring center Alex Mack.

Turns out, Brendel ended up doing so admirably well.

Brendel could have taken more money to sign elsewhere in NFL free agency, at least according to some reports, but he opted to stay with the team that gave him his first chance at being a full-time starter.

Now, inked to a four-year deal, the 49ers no longer have to worry about the position for the foreseeable future. Plus, knowing just how important center is within head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, having some continuity there for a change will do a great amount of good.

Previously, the Niners had four different centers (Mack, Daniel Brunskill, Weston Richburg and Ben Garland) dating back to 2019.