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3rd NFC West
Grade : C+
Injured handcuffed the 2018-19 season for the 49ers, who lost their top running back, quarterback, and wide receiver to the Injury Reserve. Jimmy Garoppolo went down in week 3 with a season ending torn ACL, leaving the 49ers without their franchise QB.
By the end of the season, the 49ers were working with their 3rd string QB. San Francisco went on to finish the shaky season with a 4-12 record, missing out on the postseason for a 5th straight season.
One bright spot of the 2018 campaign was George Kittle. The second year tight end out of Iowa had a breakout season, catching 88 passes for 1,377 yards (8th in NFL) and 5 TDs (T-5th in NFL).
2019-20 Season Outlook
Many San Francisco fans are getting excited for next season already. The 49ers have been under construction for years now, and it looks like next year will be the year that San Fran can finally compete.
The 49ers have an estimated $58 million in open cap space for the 2019 offseason, ranking them 6th in the league for the most cap available. This money will likely be invested in skill positions on offense and upgrades all over the San Francisco defense. The 49ers would benefit the most by bringing in a seasoned middle linebacker to play alongside Reuben Foster, with ex-Alabama teammate C.J. Mosley looking like the ideal free agent target. Mosley is rumored to want to play in a 4-3, instead of the 3-4 he is playing in Baltimore.
The 49ers have also been involved in the process of informally recruiting All-Star wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown has not been shy in expressing his wishes to depart from Pittsburgh, and San Francisco appears to be a possible landing spot for Brown. Just days after the season had ended, Brown and 49ers tight end George Kittle were seen trading social media posts with each other, with Brown posting a “Heart-Eyed Emoji” directed to Kittle, indicating his interest to join the 49ers in San Francisco. Nothing has been finalized, but look for the 49ers to make big moves this offseason as they prepare for a highly anticipated 2019-20 season.