49ers’ depth of defensive line sparks calls from other teams
The 49ers have received phone calls from other NFL teams about their available defensive lineman, according to John Lynch.
The San Francisco 49ers’ first two preseason games in 2021 revealed a lot about the direction of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s team this season.
And while most of the attention has been focused on the quarterback competition between Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, perhaps the other most important development has been how badly the Niners’ defensive line has been. dominant and intimidating during these two games.
Particularly in week two of the preseason, when the San Francisco defensive front overwhelmed the Los Angeles Chargers en route to five sacks, securing contributions from a number of players who are not at all close. full-time incumbents.
Many of those starters, including EDGE Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, didn’t even play during the game. Nonetheless, the full depth of the 49ers’ D-line was fully visible for all to see.
Including the remaining 31 teams in the league.
Other NFL teams interested in the depth of the 49ers’ defensive line
General Manager John Lynch joined KNBR 680’s Murph & Mac Show Friday morning to discuss a few things, and it didn’t take long for him to discuss how great the 49ers’ D-line has looked so far this preseason.
And one of the nuggets in his comments was the way other teams called about the players who could potentially be made available:
It reminds a lot [the 2019 D-line], tome. We’re strong on the front line and Nick looks great on his return. [Javon] Kinlaw returned to training this week and looks really good. But we’re also extremely deep in that position, and trust me, we take a lot of calls because people are interested in some of our depth, but we cling to it because we want to be a group – we want to be. strong there.
While other teams in the league have already made a few trades, such as the Las Vegas Raiders acquiring linebacker Denzel Perryman from the Carolina Panthers, Lynch and the Niners have remained silent on that front.
Lynch said he wanted to keep the depth of the D-line, likely in reaction to the large number of injuries this group suffered a season ago, including losing Bosa and Ford for most of the year.
Still, there will likely be at least a handful of starting caliber linemen that San Francisco will be forced to part ways with when the roster’s Finals are announced on August 31.
If the 49ers could trade anyone, who would it be?
Teams typically don’t offer NFL Draft capital, even endgame picks, for one-year rentals. Especially if these players are potentially on the sidelines and could possibly be used as additions or free agents.
Typically, teams looking to strike a deal want affordable roster control beyond a season, so it makes sense that The Athletic’s Matt Barrows picked reserve tackle Kevin Givens, who will be a exclusive rights free agent next year, as a potential exchange candidate.
ERFAs can only negotiate new deals with the team that owns their rights, and those contracts are terribly cheap.
On the nose tackle, Givens is one of two contenders – the other being another pre-season star Zach Kerr – competing for the main backup tasks behind alleged starter DJ Jones. Teams don’t typically wear three nose tackles on a 53-man roster, so Barrows points out that Givens, who received rave reviews during training camp from defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, is a possible trade commodity has some. deserved.
Lynch won’t reveal her hand, however. And while he’s exploring options, the idea of wanting to keep as much depth as possible is an understandable position following what happened on the injury front a year ago.
H / t to 49ers Webzone for the find.