SANTA CLARA — Concern about the 49ers’ offensive line has migrated, from the interior newcomers at last summer’s training camp to the ever-crucial tackle spots for this coming season and beyond.

That’s not to say the 49ers are scrambling like most teams for starting-caliber linemen.

But their right tackle position could be vacated by Mike McGlinchey, if their 2018 top draft pick is not re-signed after five seasons.

Left tackle Trent Williams’ return, at age 35, was no sure thing after his championship quest again was stopped short in the NFC Championship Game. He’ll suit up after back-to-back All-Pro seasons but his long-term forecast is suspect.

With quarterbacks getting hurt left and right, the 49ers obviously want to insulate them with the best protection possible, and that is where free agency could come into play for fortifying their line.


Tackle: Williams, Jaylon Moore, Leroy Watson, Alfredo Gutierrez

Guard/Center: Aaron Banks (left), Spencer Burford (right), Jason Poe, Nick Zakelj, Keith Ismael

Williams is a mesmerizing, athletic wonder who isn’t error-free but is the NFL’s ideal blindside protector. Banks made a steady ascent in his first year starting, and Burford impressed as a rookie while part of an odd platoon with Daniel Brunskill. Center Jake Brendel relished becoming a full-time starting center. Moore seemed to take a step back last season.


Tackle: Mike McGlinchey, Colton McKivitz (restricted)

Guard/Center: Jake Brendel, Daniel Brunskill

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Source:: The Mercury News


49ers free agency: Offensive line needs pivot to tackle spots

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