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2019 league year. On March 13th at 1 p.m. PT Cheap Fred Warner Jersey , the San Francisco 49ers will be able to formally execute player trades and begin signing free agents. A month and a half after that comes the draft and UDFA signings. There will be transactions through the summer, but those two periods are the big time for re-shaping the 49ers roster.It’s fitting timing then that Bill Barnwell is back with his annual look at offseason moves to improve each team. On Tuesday, he published his analysis of five decisions each NFC West team needs to make this offseason. Here are his 49ers suggestions with a few thoughts of my own.1. Move on from Pierre Gar莽on, Garry Gilliam and Malcolm SmithAll three of these moves make sense and the 49ers have already done one of them with the release of Gilliam Wednesday. We’ve heard some recent reports that Gar莽on will be cut and parting ways with Smith make a lot of sense as well. The team would clear over $7 million in cap space if they released all three, but I would argue it is more about moving to better options you can build around for the future.The team is still in the rebuilding process, but they can afford to be aggressive in replacing all three players. Whether they trade for Antonio Brown or find another veteran, a replacement for Gar莽on is in the offing. A development option can be used for the now-vacant role that factors in the future after Joe Staley. Smith has never settled into a role when healthy, and it makes sense to find a younger option to pair with Fred Warner.2. Franchise Robbie GouldThe 49ers kicker might not be a fan of getting the franchise tag, but it’s the logical call if the two sides can’t agree to a deal before early March. He has been one of the best kickers in the NFL the past two seasons and given how some kickers have struggled, he would be a popular option in free agency. The 49ers could very well out-bid everybody else 49ers Brock Coyle Jersey , but given the unpredictability of free agency, it makes sense to guarantee they’ll have him around and buy some time to negotiate a deal.3. Pursue a cornerback in free agencyA year ago, Barnwell included “Add a No. 1 cornerback” on his list of five offseason moves for the 49ers. This time around, he mentions finding somebody to compete with Ahkello Witherspoon and Tarvarius Moore, but also uses the section to talk about potentially adding a safety.Moore and Witherspoon should make for a quality competition in OTAs, minicamp, and into training camp, but they need at least one more cornerback who can compete for significant time. In a league that makes it easier and easier to pass the ball, you can never have enough cornerbacks. It’s not a great market this year, so we’ll see if the 49ers overpay there http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-k_waun-williams-jersey , or see what the draft can bring them in April.As for the safety position, Barnwell mentions the popular name, Earl Thomas. He also talks about Lamarcus Joyner, Tyrann Mathieu, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as options the 49ers could pursue. I’m fascinated to see what the 49ers do with the safety position this offseason. They have quite a few players to compete for the free and strong safety roles, but does the front office see the group like the fans do in need of improvement? Or does the front office think they can roll the dice with that group?4. Find a LeoI’m a little surprised this was not further up the list (although I don’t think these are listed in order of priority). Some folks think the team should focus on the secondary, others think edge rusher is more important. Whatever the case, I imagine few people would be surprised to see the 49ers invest the No. 2 overall pick on an edge rusher.The bigger question before then is what comes in free agency. DeMarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, and Dee Ford are three big time pass rushers due to hit free agency. All three could end up either franchised or signed to a long-term deal. Trey Flowers http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey-authentic , Brandon Graham, and Ezekiel Ansah are other options, and how the 49ers approach the position could provide some insight into how they plan on using the No. 2 pick.5. Hold on to Nick MullensI have no idea what kind of pick the 49ers could get in a trade for Mullens. The quarterback market is always tight, but I have no idea how many teams think he has what it takes for this league vs. how many would give more credit to Kyle Shanahan.Regardless, the 49ers found out the importance of a backup quarterback after Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. C.J. Beathard struggled to get much going, but then Mullens entered the scene and surprised pretty much all of us. He did not necessarily look like a guy who could be a franchise quarterback, but he did look like a guy who could come on the field in a pinch and keep a steady hand on the wheel.The question now is do you trade that, or do you hang on for minimal cost as insurance if Garoppolo gets hurt again. I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to say Jimmy G is injury-prone, but the ACL last year and his shoulder injury in 2016 makes it easy to be a little wary. It makes having a capable backup all the more important. The San Francisco 49ers host a bad New York Giants squad in Week 10 on Monday Night Football. Both teams are in the running for a high draft pick, but both have some moderate reasons for optimism. The 49ers know they’re getting Jimmy Garoppolo back next year http://www.49erscheapstore.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey-cheap , but they also have Nick Mullens looking to build on a monster performance. The Giants have big weapons in Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, but Saquon Barkley is proving to be an incredible dual threat. Maybe this MNF affair is a little more interesting than people might expect.The 49ers will win if…Nick Mullens puts up another near perfect passer rating. The Giants offense is something that should be better than it is. It’s got one of the best wide receivers in the league, a running back who is becoming one of the best in the league, and a quarterback who’s won two Super Bowls. Despite those three things, the Giants offense has been less than desirable and won’t be keeping up if the 49ers decide to make Nick Mullens look like Joe Montana again. If Mullens—and the running backs by extension (minus Raheem Mostert mind you) —can produce again against an awful defense, the Giants aren’t winning this one. Not with the way that offense goes. It just can’t keep up with it’s defensive collapses.I didn’t even get to the part about how bad the Giants offensive line is, ranking 27th in Pro Football Focus’ rankings. The 49ers feasted on a bad offensive line against the Oakland Raiders, so maybe that underachieving can continue against the Giants. The 49ers will lose if…The defense decides it had enough fun after last week. Remember that part where I mentioned the quarterback and weapons? Sure, maybe said quarterback is overrated beyond all, and his weapons are playing on a bad team Youth Jaquiski Tartt Jersey , but if they wake up this could be a long night. The 2018 Giants are not the 2017 Giants, they don’t have a coach to quit on this year like they did last year and I doubt they are none too happy without the way this season is going. Robert Saleh’s defense played mighty well against a mighty bad Raiders team last week. This week is a noticble step up in mediocrity, and the 49ers might be without Reuben Foster. Eli Manning has a few plays in him, though few and far between. If the 49ers let him score whenever he feels like it, he’ll once again be getting talk of being ‘elite.’
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