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49ers 2022 Offseason Preview (Including Cap Space, Draft Picks, Free Agents, Team Needs & Predictions)

Max Staley
San Francisco 49ers 2022 offseason preview, including cap space, draft picks, free agents, team needs and predictions.
San Francisco 49ers 2022 offseason preview, including cap space, draft picks, free agents, team needs and predictions. / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages

The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most intriguing teams in football right now. A readymade contender with an elite head coach and top-tier talent on both sides of the ball, San Francisco might just be a quarterback away from the Super Bowl.

What's unique about the 49ers is the quarterback is already on the roster – we just have no idea if he's any good. San Francisco mortgaged its future to move up to select Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft, but Lance had only played one season as a collegiate starter at North Dakota State. And being an FCS school, it's not like he faced the best competition.

49ers Offseason Preview

But Jimmy Garoppolo is almost certainly headed elsewhere this offseason. For better or worse, this will be Lance's team in 2022-23. And the team's entire offseason will be about ensuring that transition goes as smoothly as possible.

Here's everything you need to know about the 49ers 2022 offseason, including their cap space, free-agent decisions, 2022 NFL Draft picks and more.

49ers Cap Space 2022

*All salary cap information is from Spotrac.

The 49ers are currently projected to have about $2.9 million in cap space this offseason, That puts them at No. 22 in the league. However, that's far from the whole story.

San Francisco can get off Jimmy G's $26.95 million cap hit by trading the 30-year-old QB. GM John Lynch would only have to eat a dead cap hit of $1.4 million if he moves on from Jimmy, making this an absolute no-brainer. That alone would take San Francisco from being a bottom-12 team in terms of available cap space to being a top-12 team in that regard.

49ers Cuts 2022

Jimmy G isn't the team's only potential salary cap casualty, though. Here are a few more guys that stick out as potential cuts this offseason.

Potential 49ers Cap Casualties 2022

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
- 2022 Cap Hit: $26.95 million
- Dead Cap: $1.4 million
- Total Savings: $25.55 million

Samson Ebukam, OLB
- 2022 Cap Hit: $8.25 million
- Dead Cap: $1.7 million
- Total Savings: $6.55 million

Dre Greenlaw, OLB
- 2022 Cap Hit: $2.62 million
- Dead Cap: $80,429
- Total Savings: $2.52 million

Tarvarius Moore, S
- 2022 Cap Hit: $965,000
- Dead Cap: N/A
- Total Savings: $965,000

Total Savings if 49ers Move on From All Four: $35.6 million
Potential 2022 Cap Space: $38.5 million (Would rank No. 7 in the NFL)

49ers Free Agents 2022

Here are San Francisco's most notable impending free agents this offseason.The full list of San Francisco's impending free agents can be found here.

- Laken Tomlinson, OG, 30 years old
- Jason Verrett, CB, 30 years old
- D.J. Jones, DT, 27 years old
- Raheem Mostert, RB, 29 years old
- K'Waun Williams, CB, 30 years old
- Jaquiski Tartt, S, 30 years old
- Maurice Hurst, DT, 26 years old
- Arden Key, DE, 25 years old

Virtually every cornerback on the roster could be in danger of leaving this offseason, which is obviously not where you want to be at such a premium position. Williams feels more likely to return, but Verrett could be back on a cheap deal after suffering yet another season-ending injury in 2021.

That's also a lot of D-Linemen who could be walking this offseason, especially if Ebukam gets cut. San Francisco loves to have a pass-rush rotation, so you have to think it'll retain a few of those guys. Notably, Deebo Samuel is also in line for an extension this offseason, which is obviously well deserved. The potential for a blockbuster Samuel deal could muddle their cap space a bit, though.

49ers 2022 NFL Draft Picks

San Francisco won't have much to work with in the NFL Draft because of the Lance deal. But the 49ers do own a total of eight picks this year. All NFL Draft pick information is from Tankathon.

- Round 1: N/A (traded to Miami)
- Round 2: No. 61
- Round 3: No. 93 (comp. for Miami hiring Mike McDaniel)
- Round 4: No. 132
- Round 5: No. 171
- Round 6: No. 185 (From Denver)
- Round 7: No. 252, No. 255, No. 262

49ers Team Needs 2022 Offseason

Biggest Team Needs: CB, OG, C

The 49ers have a glaring hole at cornerback. This group wouldn't be that intimidating even if everyone returned at full health, and it's far from a given that they will. Verrett and Williams could both walk, and cutting Emmanuel Moseley would save a big chunk of changel. That group needs to be a priority in both free agency and the NFL Draft.

But guard is an issue, too. Tomlinson is likely to fetch a big deal on the open market, so he's not a lock to return. And Daniel Brunskill is clearly someone this team needs to upgrade over. San Francisco will really need 2021 second-round pick Aaron Banks to step up and grab hold of a starting guard spot.

And Alex Mack will be turning 37 years old midway through next season, so he's not a guarantee to be back either. Center would be a huge hole if he bolts.

49ers 2022 NFL Draft Predictions

- San Francisco selects multiple cornerbacks in 2022 NFL Draft, including one with its second-round pick.
- San Francisco drafts another late-round running back to replace potential losses of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr.
- San Francisco spends a late-round pick on a backup QB.
- San Francisco spends a third- or fourth-round pick on a wide receiver.

49ers Free Agency Predictions 2022

- The 49ers manage to re-sign Laken Tomlinson.
- Alex Mack decides not to retire.
- The 49ers sign multiple cornerbacks via free agency, including Stephon Gilmore on a one-year deal.
- The 49ers add a veteran journeyman at guard as insurance for Aaron Banks.

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