Report: 49ers may cut 2016 first-round draft pick Joshua Garnett

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The 49ers liked guard Joshua Garnett so much in the 2016 NFL draft that they traded up to get a second first-round pick and acquire him. They don’t like him so much anymore.

Garnett was drafted by former G.M. Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly, and now that new G.M. John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan are running the show, Garnett is in danger of getting cut, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The 24-year-old Garnett is competing with Mike Person and Jonathan Cooper for a roster spot, and he’ll have to perform well in training camp and the preseason to make the team.

As a first-round draft pick, Garnett has a guaranteed contract. So the 49ers are on the hook for his salaries of salaries of $1.3 million this year and $1.7 million next year whether he’s on the team or not. But after Garnett missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury, there’s a real chance that the 49ers will eat the costs and cut bait on a draft bust.

41 responses to “Report: 49ers may cut 2016 first-round draft pick Joshua Garnett

  1. I wish more teams would take this approach, instead of trying to save face just admit you missed and cut bait. You free up a roster spot for someone who might be able to contribute.

  2. I’m not sure I buy this. He played 1 season, was injured 1 season, and they’re just going to declare him a bust and eat his salary? Doesn’t make much sense.

  3. jm91rs says:

    June 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I’m not sure I buy this. He played 1 season, was injured 1 season, and they’re just going to declare him a bust and eat his salary? Doesn’t make much sense.
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    Agreed but maybe he’s just that bad. two points: 1, chip Kelly and 2, they’re probably leaking this to light a fire under his butt

  4. Lynch has final say, but I think the biggest question will be if Garnett fits into Kyle’s zone blocking scheme that favors smaller, faster linemen, particularly at guard.

  5. Why they hired Chip Kelly after seeing what he could do to an organization is beyond me. Now comes the part where they realize Chip was the gift that just keeps on giving long after he’s gone.

  6. If the stories about Shaq Lawson and Garnett are true, then it seems like a trade made for both teams. The salaries are guaranteed, so cutting either of them makes no sense except for the possibility of an offset if someone picks him up. So trade one player who is not performing for the new coach for a player in a similar predicament.

  7. he comes to Foxborough, just watch. Bill will trade one of our 5th/6th/7th rounders for him and he is under contract through 2019. Plus Dante Scarnecchia is one of the best and most respected O-Line coaches in the league. If he doesnt work with SCAR, he wont work at all. Cooper didnt do a thing with Scar trying to help him in 2016 and was eventually cut, just like Bryan Stork.

  8. Baalke and Chip really made magic together.

    They made each other’s pro careers disappear

  9. phillycheez says: “Why they hired Chip Kelly after seeing what he could do to an organization is beyond me.”
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    Chip Kelly took a 4-12 Eagles team and produced back-to-back 10 win seasons. He has a 26-21 (.553) winning record with the Eagles, so stop acting like he’s in the Hue Jackson level of coaching.

  10. 700levelvet says:
    June 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    Chip Kelly…. Say no more.
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    Chip Kelly deserves the blame for many many things, but the drafted players fall on the shoulders of one man
    and its the same man that ran Jim Harbaugh out to Michigan and turned the 9ers into what they are to day. a complete joke.

  11. If this was leaked it was leaked by his agent, not the team. Announcing that you’re gonna release someone means no team is going to spend more than a conditional 6th rounder on him. A team would leak that he’s not seeing eye to eye with the coaching staff. By guaranteeing a release he can try to pick his own team and get out from the rookie contract.

  12. Does anyone else feel like drafting a guard in the first round is equivalent to drafting a first round running back. Maybe you’ll get someone who is truly elite, but there have been many instances of high first-round guards that have flamed out of this league (Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, now Garnett) that I don’t know why you even take the chance on them.

  13. Steelers did the same thing with Huey Richardson. When Noll retired and Bill Cowher saw how bad Richardson was, in Richardson’s 2nd training camp and Cowher,s 1st with the Steelers, Cowher cut Richardson immediately. It was the right move.

  14. bad move – you do NOT give up on olineman early. they are rlly big dudes who sometimes take a long time to develop that nfl coordination. how old is he? 25? this man is still a PUP! so long as he works hard he will become a DAWG! even if he only becomes a quality backup, continuity on that line is important do NOT mess around with it and expect good results

  15. Cooper spent some time in New England.. then he hurt his foot in TC and was passed in the depth chart by Shaq Mason, and they let him go…

    Never played a down in a meaningful game in NE…

  16. allinstackme says:
    June 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    Does shannahan or Lynch have final say in SF?
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    Paraag Marathe, their “chief contract negotiator and salary cap architect, among other football duties” might have a little something to say about that. He’s been there for 18 years, seen ’em come and seen ’em go.

  17. Another Baalke bites the dust. And to think that the Niners couldve drafted Jaylen Smith which i thought why were trading back in the first round for.

  18. There’s going to be more players released / signed before the season starts. IF they release him he is going to get min because teams know he has a two year gaurantee from his prior team. I don’t think he will sign any contract of significance as far as dollars go.

  19. What do these men have in common: Kwame Harris, Jonathan Martin, Andrus Peat, Joshua Garnett? Answer: High draft picks on the O-line from Stanford. Ouch.

    Makes David DeCastro look like a fluke.

  20. Kelly did the same thing in Philly bad drafts, giving away players like Shady McCoy and DJack and getting back nothing in return. It was a minor miracle Howie Roseman turned it all around in two years and won a Superbowl.

  21. I notice a trend. Many of the players acquired by the previous GM have been let go. That includes starters such as Eric Reid, Trent Brown, Carlos Hyde, and Navarro Bowman.

  22. I don’t see the point in cutting guys on their rookie contracts. They aren’t costing a lot of money, and the cap hit is probably worse. Let them earn their spot and sit and learn if they arne’t good enough, then part ways.

    It’s not like any team is going to offer better than a seventh round pick for him.

  23. Really in June without pads? OL and DL show what they have when the pads come on. Same thing with rbs. Only then can one tell if he runs through tackles and can pick up the blitz.

  24. I find it hard to believe that the guy who drafted Marcus Smith can’t evaluate talent.

  25. As I understand it, John Lynch has the final say in the draft, and on the 90 man roster. Kyle Shanahan has the final say on the 53 man roster. The key to the relationship is the open communication between them during the whole process. So ultimately, they both have a say so in the team’s makeup.

    As for Garnet, I do not see them cutting him, unless he he just that horrible in camp/preseason. His contract is guaranteed. If it turns out that he just doesn’t fit in Shanahan’s system, I say they find a team who runs a power running scheme to trade with.

  26. texansfan82 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    Does anyone else feel like drafting a guard in the first round is equivalent to drafting a first round running back. Maybe you’ll get someone who is truly elite, but there have been many instances of high first-round guards that have flamed out of this league (Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, now Garnett) that I don’t know why you even take the chance on them.

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    It’s not just guards. You can say that about any position in the 1st round. The draft is a complete crapshoot

  27. Unless he’s a problem in the locker room or so incredibly bad he can’t even function as a backup it makes zero sense to cut him–rookie deals don’t pay much so he’s a bargain as long as he’s good enough to make the roster. (And teams always need depth along the o-line.) Way smarter to just keep him until the rookie deal is over to see if he develops.

  28. LOL, this article is very misleading. This whole story is based on a Matt Barrow’s response to a fan question on his page. Matt Barrows did not say that Garnett is in danger of being cut. Barrows was surmising what could happen to Garnett based on a reader’s question and these outlets ran with it. If Garnett cannot beat out the weak competition he is facing this training camp then he does deserve to be cut

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