The San Francisco 49ers seemed to have Super Bowl 54 in the bag but blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs this past February. Can the Niners finish the deal this coming NFL season? Here’s an overview of the San Francisco 49ers and their NFL Odds as it stands.
San Francisco 49ers NFL Odds After Free Agency Week 1
The Niners were the NFC’s top-seeded team and beat the Vikings and Packers easily in the NFC playoff to reach the Super Bowl. There, San Francisco led Kansas City 20-10 midway through the fourth quarter before collapsing and losing 31-20.
This might be a scary trend for Niners coach Kyle Shanahan. Three years ago, as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, he was part of the Falcons’ Super Bowl collapse and loss in overtime to New England.
San Francisco 49ers Offseason Moves
San Francisco’s biggest deal was trading defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for Indy’s first-round pick this year, which is No. 13 overall. Buckner was a very good player, but the Niners were short on 2020 draft picks and he was about to get very expensive.
The 49ers selected Buckner (6-7, 295) in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Buckner started all 63 games in which he appeared throughout his career, tallying 276 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed, seven fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He also started in each of his three postseason contests, adding 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Last regular season, Buckner started all 16 games and registered 61 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed, earning second-team All-Pro honors. Buckner’s career-high four fumble recoveries in 2019 were tied for the second-most in the NFL.
If the 49ers keep that No. 13 overall pick and don’t trade back for more selection, they are likely to target offensive line, cornerback or wide receiver there.
One big reason why Buckner was traded was that San Francisco had to shell out big money to re-sign another defensive lineman, Arik Armstead – you can’t pay everyone. Armstead got a five-year, $85 million extension. Previously, 49ers GM John Lynch said the franchise tag was a possibility for Armstead.
Appearing in 62 games during his first five seasons, Armstead had a breakout season in 2019 registering single-season career highs with 54 tackles, 10.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He added 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble in the postseason.
Trading Buckner and limiting Armstead’s 2020 cap hit allowed the 49ers to retain another key piece of their defense in safety Jimmie Ward. He was terrific in 13 games as the free safety last year. Ward’s versatility makes him a key chess piece for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
Drafted 30th overall by the Niners in 2014, the 28-year-old Ward has struggled with injuries for much of his career and has played all 16 regular season games just once. He did have a very good 2019 campaign during San Francisco’s run to Super Bowl LIV, logging a career-high 65 tackles in 13 starts and playing a significant role in the 49ers’ secondary throughout the postseason. He recorded a team-high 11 tackles in the Niners’ Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.
The club also re-signed guard Ben Garland. He started the final six games for the organization (including all three postseason contests) in place of injured Weston Richburg. Running back Jerick McKinnon agreed to a restructured contract to remain with the 49ers. In 2018, McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million contract, but he’s yet to play a single regular-season snap with San Francisco due to injuries and then simply losing his job.
San Francisco did say goodbye to one of its top receivers in trade acquisition Emmanuel Sanders. He got a two-year, $16 million deal from New Orleans. He experienced something of a resurgence for the 49ers with 502 receiving yards in 10 games after he finished with just 367 receiving yards in seven games with the Broncos in 2019.
There have been reports that Tom Brady wanted to play for the 49ers this season as he grew up in that area and his parents still live there. The Niners considered it but opted to stay with Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s our guy,” Lynch said. “The room for growth has not come close to hitting the ceiling.” Garoppolo completed 20-of-31 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the 49ers’ 31-20 Super Bowl LIV loss to the Chiefs. Jimmy G is under contract for three more seasons.
- Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins.
- Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets.
San Francisco 49ers Odds to win Super Bowl 55
The Niners are third-favorites to win the Super Bowl LV next February in Tampa at +800.