With the 49ers’ heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl LVIII now in the rearview mirror, the team’s focus is on the offseason — and the front office has a lot to consider.
There are 19 San Francisco players set to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, with wide receiver Jauan Jennings and guard Ben Bartch set to become restricted free agents. ESPN’s Adam Schefter listed the majority of the group shortly after the 49ers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Thanks to quarterback Brock Purdy only being $1 million on his rookie contract next season, 49ers general manager John Lynch still has some wiggle room to keep the bulk of the team’s roster for another Super Bowl appearance.
Although the 49ers likely won’t retain defensive end Chase Young, acquired in a midseason trade with the Washington Commanders, they could bring back some free agents once they find a compelling contract extension for Brandon Aiyuk.
Jennings, meanwhile, is free to negotiate and sign with any team this offseason as an RFA. But the 49ers can offer him one of various qualifying offers (“bids”) that come with a right of first refusal and/or selection compensation.
After yet another heartbreaking loss on the NFL’s biggest stage, the 49ers have decisions to make.
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