Inside the 49ers: Top 10 offseason recap, from hunting Garoppolo’s successor to seeing Shanahan’s rooftop throw


We must revisit what went down this 49ers’ offseason. We must get you up to speed. Come Tuesday, players report for training camp — the unofficial launch party of the 2021 season.

Here are the top 10 things I learned the past six-plus months about the 49ers:

1. Money management

A decreasing salary cap (courtesy of COVID’s 2020 fiscal impact) meant the 49ers had to spend wiser than ever, and they did so wonderfully to keep a Super Bowl-caliber roster intact. The latest move: rewarding linebacker Fred Warner with a pre-camp extension (five years, $95 million).

Trent Williams cost them the most lucrative deal ever for an offensive lineman. That’s the going rate for an (the) elite left tackle. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s return wasn’t as surprising as the bargain, short-term deals for Jason Verrett, K’Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt and Emmanuel Moseley. Samson Ebukam came for big bucks — as the projected to successor to 2019 big-buck recipient Dee Ford.

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