|Offense||31st||126.2 (4th)||181.9 (32nd)|
|Defense||32nd||165.9 (32nd)||240.5 (14th)|
|54||Armstrong, Ray-Ray||OLB||6-3||220||3/5/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|98||Blair, Ronald||DE||6-3||270||1/21/1993||2||Appalachian State|
|53||Bowman, NaVorro||ILB||6-0||242||5/28/1988||8||Penn State|
|45||Bradford, Carl||OLB||6-1||248||8/15/1992||3||Arizona State|
|26||Brock, Tramaine (FA)||CB||5-10||197||8/20/1988||8||Belhaven College|
|13||Burbridge, Aaron||WR||6-0||208||12/23/1993||2||Michigan State|
|95||Carradine, Tank||LB||6-4||295||2/18/1989||5||Florida State|
|Carter, DeAndre||WR||5-8||190||4/10/1993||1||Sacramento State|
|88||Celek, Garrett||TE||6-5||252||5/29/1988||6||Michigan State|
|22||Davis, Mike||RB||5-9||217||2/19/1993||3||South Carolina|
|DiManche, Jayson||LB||6-1||244||9/22/1990||3||Southern Illinois|
|90||Dorsey, Glenn (FA)||NT||6-1||297||8/1/1985||10||Louisiana State|
|49||Dray, Jim (FA)||TE||6-5||255||12/31/1986||8||Stanford|
|10||Ellington, Bruce||WR||5-9||197||8/22/1991||4||South Carolina|
|2||Gabbert, Blaine (FA)||QB||6-4||235||10/15/1989||7||Missouri|
|Garcon, Pierre||WR||6-0||211||8/8/1986||10||Mount Union|
|66||Gardner, Andrew (FA)||G||6-6||308||4/4/1986||7||Georgia Tech|
|Gilliam, Garry||T||6-5||315||11/26/1990||4||Penn State|
|Gould, Robbie||K||6-0||190||12/6/1981||13||Penn State|
|51||Hodges, Gerald (FA)||ILB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||5||Penn State|
|Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||9||Michigan State|
|28||Hyde, Carlos||RB||6-0||235||9/20/1990||4||Ohio State|
|30||Iworah, Prince Charles||CB||5-10||193||3/11/1993||1||Western Kentucky|
|63||Jerod-Eddie, Tony (FA)||DE||6-5||301||3/29/1990||5||Texas A&M|
|36||Johnson, Dontae||CB||6-2||200||12/1/1991||4||North Carolina State|
|Jones, Don||DB||5-11||195||5/14/1990||5||Arkansas State|
|93||Jones, Chris||DT||6-1||295||7/12/1990||5||Bowling Green State|
|17||Kerley, Jeremy||WR||5-9||188||11/8/1988||7||Texas Christian|
|67||Kilgore, Daniel||C||6-3||308||12/18/1987||7||Appalachian State|
|9||Lewis, Thad (FA)||QB||6-2||219||11/19/1987||5||Duke|
|59||Lynch, Aaron||OLB||6-5||270||3/8/1993||4||South Florida|
|Miller, Brock||P||5-11||181||//||R||Southern Utah|
|96||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||3||Concordia-St. Paul|
|86||Nelson, Kyle||LS||6-2||240||10/3/1986||6||New Mexico State|
|15||Ponder, Christian (FA)||QB||6-2||230||2/25/1988||6||Florida State|
|63||Price, Norman||T||6-4||311||8/25/1994||1||Southern Mississippi|
|27||Reaser, Keith||CB||6-0||190||7/31/1991||3||Florida Atlantic|
|23||Redmond, Will||CB||6-0||186||12/28/1993||2||Mississippi State|
|35||Reid, Eric||FS||6-1||213||12/10/1991||5||Louisiana State|
|33||Robinson, Rashard||CB||6-1||177||7/23/1995||2||Louisiana State|
|Robinson, Aldrick||WR||5-10||187||9/24/1988||5||Southern Methodist|
|14||Rogers, Eric||WR||6-3||210||2/12/1991||2||California Lutheran|
|Ross, Rashad||WR||6-0||180||2/2/1990||3||Arizona State|
|Smelter, DeAndre||WR||6-2||227||12/3/1991||1||Georgia Tech|
|74||Staley, Joe||T||6-5||315||8/30/1984||11||Central Michigan|
|81||Streater, Rod (FA)||WR||6-2||195||2/9/1988||6||Temple|
|25||Ward, Jimmie||CB||5-11||193||7/18/1991||4||Northern Illinois|
|Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||8||Florida State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Purcell appeared in 15 games for the 49ers last season, starting five of them, and tallied 26 total tackles and one forced fumble. He'll likely have to settle for a rotational role once again in 2017 given the team's recent acquisition of Earl Mitchell.
Bowman's 2016 season came to a close in Week 4 due to a torn Achilles in his left leg. Thankfully, his recovery seems to be going about as well as it could be and he's progressed to the point where he was able to take part in San Francisco's conditioning test Monday. With the 49ers switching to a 4-3 scheme under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, the entire defense should benefit if its leader is able to take the field sooner than later.
Jones is among the best gunners in the league and led the Texans' with 11 special teams tackles in 2016 despite playing in just nine games. Given the barren nature of the 49ers' secondary, he could conceivably carve out a role on defense this upcoming season.
Celek set career-highs in receptions (28) and yards (341) while tying last year's mark of three touchdowns with Sunday's score. He boasts great run blocking skills and sure hands, but lacks the athleticism of fellow tight end Vance McDonald that translates to fantasy production. Both tight ends were signed to extensions in 2016, so they should begin next season as the team's one-two punch yet again.
Correcting a previous report, Zuttah was not released by the Ravens but instead traded to the Niners in order for Baltimore to move up 12 picks in the sixth round of the upcoming draft. The move also clears the Ravens of $4.6 million in cap space this offseason. Still a quality center at 30 years of age, Zuttah should open up the 2017 season in the starting lineup and, in turn, represent a slight boost to Carlos Hyde's fantasy stock.
Tartt was selected in the second round out of Samford, where he amassed 277 tackles with six interceptions in his college career. Davis was selected in the fourth round and rushed for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns on 454 carries in his college career.
Robinson was carted off the field during the team's Jan. 1 loss to the Seahawks, but he luckily avoided any serious damage despite leaving the facility on crutches. He's projected to compete for a starting spot at cornerback in 2017 after a rookie campaign in which he racked up 28 tackles, eight passes defensed, and one interception in 14 games.
Staley was previously listed as questionable to play with a hamstring injury.
Lewis was forced out during the third quarter of Sunday's game, when he was the second signal-caller used in wake of Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) being sidelined. However, now that his season has already come to a close, rookie Jeff Driskel should see more reps behind Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert in practice.
Armstrong co-started at middle linebacker with Gerald Hodges with the latter receiving more snaps on early downs (41 for Armstrong and 19 for Hodges). The interception bolstered what would have been a pedestrian tackle total. If the two linebackers continue to split snaps, then neither will see enough opportunities to rack up enough tackles next to NaVorro Bowman to become relevant in IDP leagues.
A 2014 fifth-round selection, Lynch has primarily operated as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, tallying 74 tackles and 14 sacks in 37 career games. The transition to a 4-3 scheme and a simpler role could help him rebound from an injury/suspension-marred 2016 season in which he managed only 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven appearances. Still only 24 years old and listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Lynch should be able to make the transition to defensive end. Recent first-round selections Arik Armstead (2015) and DeForest Buckner (2016) figure to provide a stronger interior pass-rushing presence that will make life a bit easier for Lynch and the team's other outside rushers.
With Dashaun Phillips being signed to the active roster Thursday, Ross was released in order to clear a spot on the 53-man roster. Ross recorded just one reception for eight yards in five games with the Redskins this season. That said, Ross' abilities in the return game could make him a targeted commodity among teams looking for late-season special teams help.
The 2015 fourth-round pick finally got his first NFL catch in Week 17 of the 2016 season. The opportunity was there for Smelter this season, but a preseason injury delayed his debut. He will still be under team control next season, so a clean bill of health could lead to opportunity on a team devoid of talent on the outside, but expectations will be low for the reclamation project.
McDonald signed a five-year, $35 million extension in December, but he promptly suffered a broken scapula, and the 49ers then underwent a regime change. While the hefty contract still provides clear incentive to use McDonald in a key role, it didn't prevent the team from signing both Paulsen and fullback/H-Back Kyle Juszczyk. It's quickly become clear the team's new leadership isn't pleased with the personnel left behind, as the Niners also added wideouts Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson -- opting for quantity rather than big-name signings in free agency. McDonald is still the favorite to serve as the top pass-catching tight end, but between the shoulder injury and the organizational changes, his outlook is unquestionably murky. On the bright side, San Francisco also added QB Brian Hoyer, who should be an upgrade on last year's hideous duo of Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. The Niners might still add another veteran signal-caller or use a high draft pick on the position.
In essence, Goodwin will be tasked with filling the Taylor Gabriel role as Kyle Shanahan takes his offense from Atlanta to San Francisco. Unfortunately for Goodwin, he won't be afforded luxuries like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, or an RB tandem like Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. However, new 49ers signal-caller Brian Hoyer has impressed over the last few campaigns, and Goodwin will be surrounded by running back Carlos Hyde (knee), wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley, and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), meaning the 26-year burner will have a chance to make his presence felt as a deep threat.
Iworah was promoted to the Niners' active roster two weeks ago. He suited up for last week's game against the Rams and isn't known to be dealing with an injury, so his inactive status for Sunday's game came as a surprise.
Lynch doesn't sound committed one way or the other, which suggests he at least wants to see how Hyde looks in the Niners' new offense during the team's offseason program and into training camp. Hyde's presence on the roster seemingly won't prevent the team from taking a long look at running backs in the early rounds of the upcoming draft, and the 49ers might even consider dealing Hyde to bolster their stockpile of selections. The 26-year-old had 76 rushing yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry last season while playing in an otherwise hopeless San Francisco offense, but he missed two games with a shoulder injury and sat out Week 17 with a sprained MCL. He's played only 34 of a possible 48 games through three seasons.
The 49ers decided to get a bit younger at the kicker position, letting 42-year-old Phil Dawson walk in favor of the 35-year-old free agent. Gould was the model of consistency with the Bears prior to being released last season. He latched on with the Giants and proved that he was still a reliable option, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts (albeit none of the 50-plus variety). The 49ers were one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NFL last year, but if their new GM and head coach can improve the offensive output, then Gould could be a consistent fantasy contributor in an era where reliable kickers have been few and far between.
It has been a long road to recovery for the former 2015 draft pick. Although he hasn't been an active participant of practice in nearly a year, Shepherd will relied upon to perform well for an Eagles' secondary that has been dropping like flies as of late.
Jerod-Eddie injured his chest in the second week of the preseason but returned against Green Bay on Sept. 26 and had his best showing with four tackles. He projects as a backup lineman if he can survive Saturday's roster cuts.
The extent of Hamm's injury wasn't specified. Barring anything serious, he should be ready to play in time for the start of the 2017 campaign.
Carter spent training camp with the Patriots but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Entering his third season in the league, the Sacramento State product will compete for a role on special teams or as a depth option at wide receiver.
Hightower, who is set to turn 31 in May, has spent the past two seasons in a backup role with the Saints. The 49ers now have five running backs on the depth chart, having re-signed DuJuan Harris earlier in the week. Carlos Hyde (knee) is the clear-cut starter heading into the 2017 season, but Hightower will have a chance to compete with Harris, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert for snaps.
The 25-year-old played his first two seasons out of Pittsburgh with the Browns before spending 2016 without a team. The 49ers have reportedly had their eye on Williams, and have opted to give him a shot with a club. He drew 10 starts during his 26 games with the Browns, while recording recording 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in the process. He figures to either compete for a backup role at free safety providing depth behind Eric Reid or try to find a more prominent role at cornerback.
Armstead ended 2016 on injured reserve due to his torn labrum, but the issue appears to be a thing of the past. The former first-round pick is set to start for the team at defensive end along with Aaron Lynch.
Skov suffered a knee injury Sunday against the Dolphins, effectively ending his season. The 26-year-old played primarily on special teams this season, registering ten tackles on the year.
Dray was signed to replace Blake Bell (shoulder), who was placed on IR Monday. Likely the last option at tight end, behind Garrett Celek and Je'Ron Hamm, Dray is unlikely to have much of any fantasy impact in the final two weeks of the season.
Johnson wasn't certain to play at first due to a groin issue but ultimately suited up to compile four tackles and two deflected passes.
Blair said he dropped weight to increase his versatility on draft day as a potential outside linebacker. After going through the 49ers' offseason program, it sounds like the team wants to keep him as a defensive lineman. He doesn't project as a starter with the way the roster is currently constructed, but he could still see snaps given how often Chip Kelly's defenses are on the field.
The rookie wideout was buried on the depth chart for the majority of the season, but he saw more reps in the final weeks of the season once injuries took a toll on the 49ers' receiving corps. The lack of targets (eight over the last three weeks) make it hard to evaluate the 2015 Big Ten Receiver of the Year heading into next season. The 49ers' offseason moves will determine whether or not playing time will be available for Burbridge.
Valued primarily for his blocking, Paulsen has 82 receptions in six professional seasons, with only three of those catches coming last year for the Bears. San Francisco seems to be targeting the middle tiers of free agency, also reaching early agreements with QB Brian Hoyer, FB Kyle Juszczyk and WRs Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.
The seventh-overall pick from this year's draft lived up to his expectations, putting up numbers you'd expect from a high-end defensive lineman in 15 games. It is even more impressive considering he plays defensive end in a 3-4 formation, a scheme that usually lends tackles to linebackers more than linemen. If Buckner can build off of his strong rookie campaign, we could be looking at the cornerstone of the 49ers' defense for years to come.
This announcement comes as no surprise after the 49ers announced that Bell was not going to play for the remainder of the season. Je'Rom Hamm and Garrett Celek are left as the only tight ends on San Francisco's active roster.
Jones played only six games for the 49ers in 2016, recording 17 combined tackles. He was claimed off of waivers by San Francisco last season after Arik Armstead went down with a shoulder injury. Jones will provide depth for the 49ers' defensive line.
Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.
Kilgore had surgery to repair his hamstring after he was placed on injured reserve a few weeks ago, and, though it'll take some time for him to recover, he claims that he'll be a full go come April, when the team's offseason program begins.
Mitchell was cut by the Dolphins in a cap-saving move last week but it didn't take long for him to find a new home. While the Arizona product racked up a career-low 17 tackles and zero sacks last season, he could be in line for a rebound in 2017 if he can secure the Niners' first-string nose tackle job this summer; the incumbent starting nose tackle, Glenn Dorsey, is set to hit unrestricted free agency.
Aside from six games missed in his first season with the Redskins in 2012, Garcon has been a modicum of health in his other eight campaigns, missing five contests otherwise and none over the past four years. During that four-year span, he led the NFL in receptions once with 113 in 2013, received between 105 and 181 targets each season, and surpassed 1,000 yards on two occasions. On a sour note, he's topped out at six touchdowns in a given campaign, so his value is largely contingent upon a steady volume and avoiding the injury report. In San Francisco, he'll be reunited with head coach Kyle Shanahan, which should help Garcon sustain relevance in his third stop as a professional.
Smith's contract includes $13 million in guaranteed money. He led the Raiders with 103 tackles last season, and added an interception and two forced fumbles. The seventh-year linebacker has had some problems in pass coverage, but will still be a major boost to a run defense that was atrocious in 2016. The 49ers surrendered a whopping 165.9 rushing yards per game last season, good for dead last in the NFL.
Hyde, Johnson and Brock were all ruled out for Saturday's game on the team's final report, but Brooks joins them on the inactive list after being deemed questionable. The team will have running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree active for the game.
The 49ers are a 1-point favorite for the Saturday night showdown with the Chargers.
Harold was the early favorite to start in place of Lynch heading into training camp and he apparently did enough to not lose that right. He didn't record a sack in a limited role last season, so it is unlikely he will be able to replicate Lynch's pass-rushing prowess while he fills in for the suspended linebacker.
Dorsey was inactive for the 49ers' matchup with the Rams this past week, as he was dealing with some discomfort in his knee. However, he's slowly upped his workload in practice over the last few days, going through a limited practice Wednesday, before logging a full session Thursday. It appears he should be good to go moving forward, so look for him to jump back in as the team's starting nose tackle heading into a Week 17 tilt with the Seahawks.
Nelson, a restricted free agent prior to re-signing, played in all 16 games last season. He added four tackles on special teams.
The 28-year-old has spent time with the Chargers and Redskins prior to signing with the 49ers in 2014.
Gabbert was displaced as the starter after he posted a 5:6 TD:INT ratio in the first five weeks of the season. His 5.8 YPA was a big step back from last year's mark of 7.2, as he looked more like his Jacksonville form rather than last season's upward-trending version. While the passing stats were lacking, Gabbert did exhibit his ability to escape the pocket, scrambling for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his five starts. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, but he won't be more than a backup for any potential team he signs with.
The 49ers claimed Bradford off waivers from the Packers last December. He appeared in two games before season's end and totaled four tackles in limited playing time. He likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Davis was used to spell Carlos Hyde early in the season, but he failed to get much of anything going in the limited action he saw. The second-year back was eventually phased out of the offense completely in Week 9, and didn't even make an appearance in the final game of the season after Hyde had been placed on IR. Davis remains under contract through the 2018 season, but with only a fraction of his contract guaranteed, it wouldn't be surprising to see him released when roster cuts roll around next season.
Davis was carted off the field during the Niners' game against the Cardinals on Thursday and did not return. The specifics of his injury are unclear, however. JaCorey Shepherd was signed to take his place on the active roster.
Entering free agency without a QB on the roster, the 49ers quickly filled one of the spots with Hoyer during the two-day window to contact unrestricted free agents. The destination could be kind to Hoyer, who previously put together his only 3,000-yard season under the watchful eye of then Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2014. Hoyer will also have a handful of interesting receivers, namely free-agent pickups Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, plus holdovers Jeremy Kerley and Vance McDonald (shoulder).
Harper finished second in wide receiver targets and receptions Sunday. Despite getting some run in the second half of the season, the rookie wideout failed to make an impact in the fantasy game, finishing the season with 13 catches for 133 yards. The 49ers are devoid of talent at the wide receiver position, so the team may opt to bring him back for the 2017 season, but he would have to battle for a roster spot during training camp if they do.
After linebacker Shayne Skov (knee) was placed on injured reserve, the 49ers promoted the safety they originally signed to the practice squad just a week ago. Ball is likely to compete with fellow safety Vinnie Sunseri for special teams reps behind starter Marcus Cromartie.
The 25-year-old continued the trend of prominent 49ers players retiring this offseason, and becomes the second promising young player to do so after teammate Chris Borland, 24, retired in March.
"I'm simply doing what's best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life," Davis said about his decision.
Davis started in every game he played for the 49ers since they drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft.
"This will be a time for me to allow my brain and body a chance to heal," Davis added. "Many won't understand my decision, that's ok."
Unsigned through the first two weeks of free agency, Streater should find a home prior to the NFL Draft, though he may have to settle for a one-year contract and a shot to compete for a roster spot. He only caught 18 passes for 191 yards in 16 games with the 49ers last season, handling a minor role in one of the league's worst offensive attacks. His 2013 stat line with Oakland -- 60 catches for 888 yards -- is now a distant memory, with the 29-year-old wideout tallying only 28 receptions over the past three years.
After signing Brian Hoyer to a two-year deal earlier Thursday, the 49ers further bolstered their quarterback situation by adding another former Bear in Barkley. The 26-year-old Barkley showed flashes of potential in his run as the Bears' starter in 2016, completing over 60 percent of his passes in his final five starts and throwing five touchdowns in that stretch. He was prone to turnovers, however, as he tossed a whopping 12 interceptions in that span and 14 interceptions overall. In any case, he'll likely serve as Hoyer's backup in coach Kyle Shanahan's quarterback-friendly system.
Reaser played 48 snaps and recorded two tackles after taking over for the injured Ward on Sunday. The former's injury looked serious and he could miss extended time. If that's the case, then Reaser could be in line to start in his place.
Carradine had failed to record a statistic prior to exiting the contest. The severity of his injury is not known at this time. Eli Harold may see a bigger role providing outside linebacker depth in his absence.
Hodges was benched prior to last week's contest and both he and the team refused to comment on the nature of the offense. The one-week benching was all the punishment the veteran linebacker would receive as he was back in the starting lineup Saturday, leading the team in tackles. As long as he starts, Hodges is a great IDP option due to his propensity for racking up tackles.
Brock's release comes just hours after news broke that he was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony domestic violence. While the cornerback will have to see how that case pans out, he'll also be without a job until further notice.
Ellington entered 2016 with a shot to emerge as a crucial part of the San Francisco passing game out of the slot, but a hamstring injury landed him on injured reserve prior to Week 1. Jeremy Kerley joined the team shortly thereafter and ended up leading the 49ers in catches (64), receiving yards (667) and targets (115) while primarily working from the slot. Despite his large role last season, Kerley's inefficient production on a per-target basis could leave the slot job open for competition heading into the offseason program. If so, Ellington and Marquise Goodwin could both make a push, though the latter may actually be ticketed for an outside role. Pierre Garcon is locked in as one of the outside starters, with Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson and Aaron Burbridge (among others) all potentially in the mix for the other spot. Garcon is the only sure bet to have a key role in the passing game.
Kerley appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers during the 2016 season after coming over from the Jets, finishing his campaign with 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns on 115 targets. He was also involved in kick and punt return duties, while serving as the No. 2 option at receiver behind Torrey Smith. Kerley expects to play a similar role in 2017, although there remains some uncertainty as to who will be the starting quarterback in San Francisco.
Tartt was selected in the second round out of Samford, where he amassed 277 tackles with six interceptions in his college career. Davis was selected in the fourth round and rushed for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns on 454 carries in his college career.
Kaepernick seemingly understands he'll have to settle for a salary well below the $14.5 million he walked away from in San Francisco, but he does still hope to get paid like a low-end starter of high-end backup -- which may be wishful thinking at this point. There really isn't an obvious fit, but Cleveland, Houston and Denver could all be options, depending on what happens with Tony Romo and the upcoming NFL Draft. It won't be surprising if Kaepernick remains unsigned into May or June.
Harris was one of the Niners' restricted free agents entering the offseason but the team decided against extending him a contract tender, which effectively released him to the open market. However, coming off a season in which he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry, the diminutive running back likely didn't find many suitors rushing to secure his services for the upcoming campaign. Fortunately for Harris, he's now set to return to a San Francisco roster that is less crowded at the running back position than it was last season, considering the incumbent No. 2 runner, Shaun Draughn, recently latched on with the Giants. Thus, Harris is positioned to compete with only Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert for the backup role to starter Carlos Hyde this summer, although a rookie could certainly join the mix via the draft.
Rogers tore his ACL early in training camp last season, but he's been recovering steadily. A return, at least in part, for offseason workouts means he'll likely be a full go come training camp in 2017, where he'll look to hold onto a roster spot as a depth receiver and special teams player.
Watson, who's struggled to stay healthy the past few years, strung together a full, 16-game season with the Broncos in 2016 and wound up leading the team with 11 special teams tackles. While he could theoretically carve out a rotational role at linebacker this summer, look for him to do most of his work for the Niners on special teams.
A 2013 first-round selection, Reid has started at free safety in each of his 57 career regular-season appearances, averaging a modest 4.4 tackles per game. He was actually poised to make a push for triple digits last season, but a torn biceps ended his campaign after 10 games and 62 tackles. With Reid expected to play closer to the line as San Francisco transitions from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3, he'll have a good opportunity to top his career-high mark of 77 tackles, which he set as a rookie in 2013. The Niners might consider starting Reid at strong safety and 2015 second-round selection Jaquiski Tartt at free safety, but it's possible the roles could be reversed or that 2014 first-rounder Jimmie Ward will also be in the mix for a starting gig. Ward primarily played nickel cornerback last season.
San Francisco is completely revamping the offense under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, adding Juszczyk to a haul that includes quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin in the initial hours of free agency. Juszczyk himself boasts a varied skill set, earning 55.4 percent of his offensive snaps running pass routes, 22.6 percent as a run blocker, and 20.9 percent in pass protection with the Ravens last season, per Louie Benjamin of Pro Football Focus. Notably, Juszczyk tallied 41 and 37 catches the last two seasons, so he could again establish some PPR relevance with his new squad.
Ward has played safety and corner since being drafted in 2014, and it remains unclear where he'll be slotted in 2017. General Manager John Lynch has indicated that Ward could see time at both positions throughout the year. The draft could impact where Ward plays, as an addition of corners or safeties could lead him to play wherever the team needs extra help.
The ex-Falcon will join his former offensive coordinator in the Bay Area with the announcement of Thursday's signing. Robinson reeled in 20 receptions for 323 yards and two touchdowns on 32 targets last season, but that was on a Falcons team that was loaded at receiver. In San Francisco, there's at least the possibility of a clearer path to more targets for Robinson seeing as the current receiving pecking order for the 49ers appears to be unsettled behind the newly acquired Pierre Garcon.
Redmond was elected to return from IR as he was working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in 2015. However, the team decided to not activate the cornerback to the 53-man roster, meaning he will remain on the IR for the remainder of the season. The rookie will shift his focus to returning to the field completely healthy next year as Jimmie Ward and Tramaine Brock will continue to to start at cornerback this season.
Tartt got the start in place of the injured Eric Reid (biceps) and took full advantage of the opportunity. While his coverage skills will need work, Tartt has undeniable athleticism, making him a candidate to rack up tackles so long as he continues to start.
Dial appears ready to return to game action in Week 15 against the Falcons after missing Sunday's loss to the Jets. He'll provide depth at defensive end behind Chris Jones and DeForest Buckner.
While never spectacular, Brooks continues to turn in solid seasons from a statistical standpoint, offering a good mix of tackles and sacks that keep him IDP-relevant. The 32-year-old was relied upon heavily as the team was struck with injuries at the linebacker position. Brooks remains under contract for next season and would fit the team's need for a versatile outside linebacker. Due to his rising age and salary, there is always a chance the 49ers opt to cut him to move towards younger options through the draft or free agency. If that were to happen, Brooks would need to land a starting job in a 3-4 system to retain IDP value.
Ponder has spent the entire regular season as the 49ers' inactive third quarterback. With the club receiving inconsistent play under center between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, the coaching staff may be inching towards giving the former first-rounder a look in the final game or two. No official change has been announced, but if Ponder were to receive playing time, he would be a low-upside fantasy option due to his reputation as a "game manager."
DiManche played two seasons (2013-14) with the Bengals, spending most of his time as a special teams contributor. The undrafted rookie free agent has been bouncing around the league for the past couple of years but will look to secure a spot on the 53-man roster this offseason.