Seven months, and a global pandemic later, the 49ers on the eve of commencing their quest for their sixth Lombardi. However, with an injury-plagued training camp, combined with a ruthless NFC West, the 49ers would do well to take nothing for granted in 2020.
With rookie mini-camps cancelled and preseason effectively out of the window, there has never been a tougher time to be a rookie in the NFL. Gone are the preamble games where previous unknown stars are given the platform to impress, absent are the moments to impress the coaching staff when the limelight shines.
Niners tight end George Kittle put pen to paper on a 5 year, $75 million contract on Thursday. The deal sees Kittle earn around $15 million per year and suit up as a Niner for the foreseeable future. Shortly thereafter, Kittle's peer, adversary and rival - Travis Kelce - followed suit and signed a 4-year $57.25 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
After a series of endless rumours and speculation, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has agreed to a 5 year, $75 million contract ($15 million per year) with the 49ers, per Ian Rapoport on Twitter.
News broke Wednesday night that long-time special teamer and 2019 breakout star Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. He's currently on the books at the Niners for only $2.575 million this year and $2.875 million next year.
Off the back of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan receiving a six-year contract extension, many pundits and analysts hailed the 40-year-old as one of the best coaches in the league, and perhaps the best offensive play-caller in the NFL.
Following a heartbreaking Super Bowl LIV loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Kyle Shanahan and co. are not resting on their laurels. After being aggressive in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, San Francisco has traded a 2020 5th round draft pick and a 2021 3rd round draft pick to the Washington Redskins for perennial all-pro Trent Williams.
The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft for the San Francisco 49ers burst into life following the trade of long-time servant DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick. Heading into the first round, the 49ers had pressing needs at wide receiver, cornerback and tackle.
Where will Brandin Cooks end up?
The inaugural day of free agency saw some blockbuster deals go down. One of the biggest included the San Francisco 49ers trading star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the Colts' 2020 first-round draft pick (13).
Many have described Sunday's Super Bowl LIV, which ended with a Kansas City Chiefs victory, a "scheme show" where usage of a particular player, or group of players, was more important for the outcome of the game than anything else. That could have been expected by two teams in which coaching plays so big of a role.
Where does San Francisco go from here?
When asked what his expectations were for his rookie season in the NFL, Deebo Samuel told The State "rookie of the year." Samuel went on to add "why would I not be?"
Below are five numbers to arm you with the predictive contextualised information that is most likely to determine who will win the Lombardi Trophy ... and who'll just be picking 31st in the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. These figures flag as the most important factors when it comes to forecasting each team's ability to earn (or prevent) first downs and touchdowns.
As the big day draws nearer and nearer, the hardworking writers at Franchise Sports have shared their predictions for what might be the most unpredictable Super Bowl in history.