SF exercises options on FB Juszczyk, CB Williams
Less than two weeks until free agency commences and the 49ers announced a bevy of moves Thursday, including one at quarterback.
No, not Tom Brady nor Jimmy Garoppolo.
Nick Mullens, their starter to close the 2018 season, received a one-year tender, as did other exclusive rights free agents including offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, tight end Ross Dwelley, cornerback Emmanuel Moseley and running back Jeff Wilson Jr.
Offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale is the only exclusive rights free agent not among that tendered pack. The former practice squad player spent last season on injured reserve (knee).
Also, the 49ers confirmed they’ve exercised the 2020 option on contracts with fullback Kyle Juszczyk ($5.1 million) and cornerback K’Waun Williams ($2.1
The 49ers still must decide what to do with restricted free agents Kendrick Bourne, Matt Breida and Elijah Lee.
Among the players slated for unrestricted free agency are Arik Armstead, Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmie Ward. The 49ers have until March 12 to designate players under the franchise and transition tags.
Mullens, after going 3-5 in his 2018 starting debut, played only seven snaps last season in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo, whose drawn repeated endorsements from coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch following last month’s Super Bowl loss.
Clubs are permitted to speak with other teams’ pending free agents March 16, and deals can not be ratified until the league year starts March 18.