To make wage cap area, a simple projection for the San Francisco 49ers would have been to increase left guard Laken Tomlinson, who has been the one dependable participant alongside the offensive line since becoming a member of the Niners earlier than the beginning of the 2017 season.
Tomlinson received higher as a participant annually earlier than having his worst season, at the very least statistically, in 2020. Tomlinson allowed a career-high in blown block share, which was 2.7% — his earlier profession excessive was 2.1%. Tomlinson additionally allowed six sacks, which was additionally a career-high.
In his protection, the quarterbacks taking part in behind him didn’t precisely do away with the ball rapidly or do their finest to keep away from strain. After all, an extension might nonetheless occur, and don’t rule out the 49ers bringing Tomlinson again even when a contract doesn’t get executed earlier than the season, however for a man who has missed one recreation in the course of the previous 4 seasons, it is best to maintain him.
Expertise: Six accrued seasons
Weight: 320 kilos
Tomlinson signed a three-year contract extension in 2018. He has three voidable years on his contract after this season. If the 49ers have been to launch Tomlinson with a post-June-1 designation, they’d save round $3.5 million in cap area. It will get a bit wonky after that, however you may head to Over the Cap to check Tomlinson’s financials out.
Why he would possibly enhance in 2021
Not does Tomlinson must depend on backup quarterbacks holding the ball for a second longer than they need to. If the 49ers “backup” performs this yr, it’s the No. 3 total choice.
Tomlinson goes from taking part in subsequent to a participant within the AAF a few seasons in the past to taking part in subsequent to a 35-year-old middle who has missed two video games in the course of the previous 5 seasons and allowed one sack apiece in three of these seasons.
It didn’t take lengthy for Tomlinson and Trent Williams to get on the identical web page, which ought to be the case with Alex Mack. Belief will go a good distance. Now, Tomlinson can belief Mack will choose up the stunt and should not must experience his man longer than he would have. That’s simply one among many examples as to why Tomlinson shall be higher.
I additionally suppose having an offseason taking part in subsequent to Williams and Mack shall be a giant deal and a part of why the Niners’ offensive line shall be lots higher than even 49ers followers understand.
Will Tomlinson be round after 2021?
Drafting Aaron Banks within the second spherical was to safe the precise guard place. I’m unsure how a lot the addition of Banks will impression Tomlinson, at the very least for this season.
The group additionally drafted Jaylon Moore, however as a Day 3 choose, he’s not anticipated to return in and begin. Additionally, Moore has been working at left deal with, not left guard. Banks has performed each guard spots, so he might swap again to left guard if the group decides to maneuver on from Tomlinson after this season, however that’s not Kyle Shanahan’s model.
If that is Tomlinson’s final season, he’s had a heck of a run with the Niners, and he’s made the gamers and folks round him higher. If I’m San Francisco, I’m not letting Tomlinson go away. He’s dependable, however he’s additionally lots higher than the informal fan thinks.
It’ll be fascinating to see the type of contract Tomlinson will get subsequent offseason. Whether or not that’s with San Francisco or another person stays to be seen.