The offseason for the 49ers has officially begun.
General manager John Lynch hopes the 49ers’ calendar phase won’t start for another two weeks.
But the team’s anticlimactic 31-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game will now shift focus to next season.
It’s been another busy offseason for the club. The 49ers have 23 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency and have made many big decisions as they plan their future.
Here’s a list of the teams’ scheduled unrestricted free agents:
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: His season ended on December 4 with a broken foot. After Sunday’s game, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan reported that Garoppolo gave owners Dr. John York and Denise DeBartolo York hugs and told them, “It’s going to be alright.” A chance to start a team (and the contract that comes with it).
DB Jimmy Ward: He started the season at quarterback for the 49ers after losing the starting job to veteran free safety Shaun Gipson. After nine seasons at the club, it may be time for the two sides to go in different directions. Ward wants to be the starting safety, and he wants to get that opportunity somewhere.
DE Samson Ebukam: His numbers as a pass rusher never really took off the way the team and he expected. Ebukam was the starter the past two seasons, during which time he racked up 9.5 sacks. The 49ers certainly won’t shut the door on his return, while also hoping to find more passing energy from a player opposite Nick Bosa.
CB Emmanuel Mosley: When the season started, he seemed destined for a big contract. But with a torn ACL, Mosley’s market is a major mystery. It’s entirely possible the 49ers could bring him back on a one-year, proven deal. Deommodore Lenoir stepped in and played well in the playoffs.
RT Mike McGrinch: There’s always going to be a strong market for veteran offensive linemen, and McGlinch thinks he can land a sizable multi-year deal — likely, not with the 49ers. The 49ers have been grooming Colton McKivitz to take over, so this seems like the most logical move for the team.
LB Azeez Al-Shaair: The 49ers seemed to make their intentions clear after Week 1, when linebacker Dre Greenlaw signed a multi-year contract extension. The 49ers can’t pay everyone, and Al-Shaair will likely find a low-key job with another team.
K Robbie Gould: He remains one of the most consistent kickers in the league. With three young boys who live in the Chicago area year-round, does Gould hope to stay in Santa Clara or find a job closer to home? Plus, will the 49ers use the franchise tag on him again?
C Jack Blundell: His first season as an NFL starter was excellent. The 49ers should be able to re-sign him at a reasonable cost.
RG Daniel Brunskill: For the 49ers’ offensive line, he did everything. He is a valuable player due to his versatility. It seems unlikely that he’ll find a starting job elsewhere, so a return to the 49ers is a possibility.
Stashaun Gipson: His signing is a big August move for the club following Jimmy Ward’s injury. He started every game and had five interceptions. He will be 33 when next season starts. If he wants to continue, he should be affordable for the 49ers.
From Charles Omenihu: That will have to play out in the offseason when the legal system is functioning properly. He was arrested last week on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence. The 49ers believe, as they see it, that fact doesn’t warrant removing him from the team.
DeJordan Willis: The 49ers acquired him in a midseason trade in 2020, and he has been a very good role player. If the price is right, he should come back.
TE Rose de Veley: After serving as a primary substitute in his first four seasons with the club, de Villi has found himself regularly on the inactive list this season. He may need to start over elsewhere.
Decree Hyde: The veteran player certainly isn’t the kind of contributor he was in 2020, when he had 8.5 sacks. He turns 32 in the offseason, and the 49ers should look to upgrade.
Defensive tackle Hassan Ridgway: He was a valuable addition to the team when Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw were sidelined by injuries. However, Ridgway was placed on season-ending injured reserve in Week 13 with a chest injury.
DT TY McGill: He did a good job as a rotation player on the D line. He performed well enough to sign him to a one-year deal.
DB Tarvarius Moore: He showed promise in 2019, including an interception in the Super Bowl. But he never took the next step, and offseason injuries ruined a season. Now, he should probably look elsewhere for another opportunity.
TE Taylor Croft: The 49ers signed Croft in the offseason, and he ended up as tight end at the two. He was at the heart of Sunday’s 49ers loss — not in a good way — when he couldn’t hold on to Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick, who inflicted an elbow injury on Brock Purdy.
QB Josh Johnson: At 36, Johnson’s NFL career was over.
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LS Tabo Pepper: The Long Snappers have a good relationship with punters/holders Mitch Vishnowski and Gould.
CB Jason Verret: The well-respected veteran has had terrible luck throughout his NFL career. At this point there is no reason to re-run it.
DT Morris Hurst: He was injured both seasons with the 49ers. It might be time to move on.
TE Jordan Matthews: The transition to tight end never took shape due to the injury. The 49ers are best suited to bring in some youngsters to develop.
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