SF ex­er­cises op­tions on FB Juszczyk, CB Wil­liams

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS - By Cam In­man

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

mil­lion).

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.

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