San Francisco 49ers bring back free agent CB Emmanuel Moseley. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston … [+]
With just a few days to go before the start of NFL free agency, the San Francisco 49ers are taking care of some business. Primarily, that includes general manager John Lynch and Co. resolving some issues as it relates to their 40-plus impending free agents.
Earlier on Friday, it was reported that San Francisco re-signed exclusive-rights free agent cornerback Emmanuel Moseley to a two-year contract worth up to $10.1 million. The move returns one likely starter in a defensive secondary that previously included five impending free agents.
The 49ers also announced that they have tendered fellow exclusive-rights free agent, offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, while releasing defensive end Ronald Blair.
The Blair move was mostly procedural as he was set to hit free agency on March 17 after missing all of last season to injury.
As for Brunskill, he could figure in to the 49ers’ right guard situation depending on what happens moving forward on the offseason. Below, I break down these moves as San Francisco prepares for free agency.
Exclusive-right tenders for someone like Moseley are going to be worth between $2.1 million and $4.8 million, depending on the success said free agent has had in his career. For the 24-year-old Moseley, said figure likely would have been somewhere in the middle — $3.45 million or so.
By signing Moseley to a multi-year contract, San Francisco likely saved a small chunk against the 2021 NFL salary cap. It’s not irrelevant with the cap having decreased due to the revenue downfall created by COVID-19. Depending on how the two-year, $10.1 contract is structured and the incentives included, the 49ers could save north of $2 million. As of right now, the 49ers are an estimated $24.42 million under the cap.
A former undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, Moseley has started 17 games over the past two seasons. During that span, he’s recorded 97 tackles, 17 passes defended and two interceptions.
Getting the youngster locked up on a multi-year deal takes care of some business ahead of free agency. Fellow cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jason Verrett and K’Waun Williams are slated to hit the open market. Sherman is unlikely to return.
San Francisco 49ers re-sign exclusive-rights free agent Daniel Brunskill. (Photo by Fred Kfoury … [+]
Yet another former undrafted free agent, Brunskill can play all five offensive line positions. He started all 16 games a season ago and provides both flexibility and depth.
As with Moseley, his tender value is likely going to be right in the middle of the minimum and maximum for someone his caliber. Estimates are that it will come in at roughly $850,000.
At this point, it seems to be clear that San Francisco is going to be looking to upgrade at right guard either via the draft or free agency. Retaining Brunskill doesn’t change that. In fact, he was a replacement-level starter in 2020.
Jeff Wilson will be an important part in San Francisco moving forward. (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon … [+]
Earlier in the offseason, San Francisco agreed to new contracts with running back Jeff Wilson, tight end Ross Dwelley and safety Marcell Harris. All three were exclusive-rights free agents. Each move saved a tad against the salary cap. As noted above, the same thing can be said about Moseley.
Wilson is slated to count $2.05 million against the cap after the former undrafted free agent gained 733 total yards and 10 touchdowns at a clip of 5.3 yards per touch a season ago. Right now, he figures in as the 49ers’ RB2 behind Raheem Mostert.
As for Dwelley, he’ll likely slot in behind George Kittle as the 49ers’ backup tight end. Obviously, that’s dependent on what general manager John Lynch and Co. do moving forward on the offseason. Coming off a career-best 19-catch season, Dwelley is slated to earn $1.6 million in 2021.
Meanwhile, retaining Harris is somewhat big for depth. While the former late-round pick from Florida has struggled at times, he’s a core special teams performer. With Jaquiski Tartt slated to hit free agency, this became a priority. Harris is expected to earn a base salary of $850,000 in 2021.
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