The San Francisco 49ers made another NFC Championship game appearance this past season and nearly pulled off an upset over the Los Angeles Rams. This team's Super Bowl window is open right now and young quarterback Trey Lance is expected to step into the starting role next year.
The front office would be smart to gather talent on the offensive side of the ball in one way or another in order to give Lance a better chance at succeeding. It's going to be all about searching for the right deals as San Francisco only has about $3 million in projected available cap space.
Here's a look at three free agents that the 49ers need to sign to build around Lance on offense.
49ers Free Agent Targets
1. Connor Williams, OL
The 49ers may lose starting lineman Laken Tomlinson to free agency and finding his replacement should be a top priority for the front office. Former Dallas Cowboy Connor Williams sticks out as a potential target given his experience and age. The 24-year-old has appeared in every game over the last two seasons and gave up just 1 sack to go along with 13 pressures in 2021. Yes, Williams has struggled to play clean football at times and drew 15 penalties this past season. That is something that can be fixed, though. He would still be an upgrade over projected starter Daniel Brunskill and not cost San Francisco a ton of money to bring in.
2. Dalton Schultz, TE
Surrounding Lance with as many offensive weapons as possible would surely ease his transition into being a full-time starter. Tight end Dalton Schultz is the perfect complementary player to have line up alongside All-Pro George Kittle. Not only did Schultz rack up a career-high 808 receiving yards in 2021, but he also thrived in his run-blocking capabilities. It's worth noting that Kittle has not played a full NFL season since 2018 and Schultz's style of play fits in perfectly with Kyle Shanahan's play-action scheme. The 49ers should be able to build enough cap space to make a worthwhile offer to Schultz and give Lance a great third-down option in the process.
3. Marlon Mack, RB
San Francisco seems set on Elijah Mitchell being their workhorse running back after he posted 963 yards across 11 games played in 2021. However, the depth behind him is minimal with the likes of Jeff Wilson and JaMychal Hasty involved. 49ers GM John Lynch admitted the team was interested in Marlon Mack at the trade deadline and the fit makes a lot of sense this offseason as well. Mack is a bruiser and can get the tough yards when called upon. He averages 4.4 yards per carry in his career and logged just under 2,000 rushing yards from 2018-19. Grabbing him at a bargain price could end up as a steal for San Francisco.
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