3 ways 49ers can overcome loss of Dre Greenlaw in 2024

In an ideal world, Dre Greenlaw makes a quick offseason recovery from the Achilles injury suffered during the Super Bowl.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages
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49ers option No. 3: Go after a linebacker in free agency, NFL Draft

San Francisco might want to stockpile some linebackers this offseason regardless of what happens with Dre Greenlaw and in light of both Dee Winters and Jalen Graham being there.

For starters, Greenlaw's injury could linger well into 2024. It's possible Winters and Graham both struggle, while Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Oren Burks leave for other opportunities elsewhere.

So, where would the 49ers turn to?

If it's free agency, given the salary cap situation, the Niners would have to find some veteran bargains on the tail end of their respective careers like Jarrad Davis of the New York Giants, the Washington Commanders' David Mayo or even an old friend, Kwon Alexander, of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Or, possibly, San Francisco allocates more draft assets, perhaps hoping that another day-three pick winds up having a Greenlaw-like trajectory. Someone like Missouri's Ty'Ron Hopper, who has excellent coverage abilities, would make a lot of sense.

That said, the best outcome is Greenlaw recovering both quickly and fully.

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