For the second straight year, the 49ers have been active in free agency. Coming off a 4-12 season, entering the third year of the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan six-year plan, and replete with about $67 million in cap space, the pieces were aligned for the 49ers to stay aggressive.
Five days into the new league year, the 2019 49ers already look a bit different than the 2018 version.
The 49ers have added six new players, including Dee Ford, Kwon Alexander, Tevin Coleman, Jason Verrett, David Mayo, and Jordan Matthews. They applied the franchise tag to Robbie Gould. They re-signed Mark Nzeocha for three more years, Mike Person for three years, Antone Exum Jr. for one year, and Jimmie Ward for one year. They restructured Malcolm Smith’s deal to keep him through the 2019 season. The team used its restricted free agent tender on Raheem Mostert, retaining him for the upcoming season. Pierre Garcon, Earl Mitchell, Garry Gilliam, and Cassius Marsh have all been released. Brock Coyle retired after five NFL seasons.
As of today, the 49ers’ free agency spending counts for about $53 million against their 2019 cap. They still have around $34 million remaining in cap space this year, the seventh-most in the NFL, according to Spotrac. So, while the 49ers were aggressive, they weren’t frivolous, with DeForest Buckner and George Kittle eyeing massive contracts in the coming offseasons.
Let’s grade the six signings so far this offseason.