Report: Weston Richburg is likely to retire, restructured contract to help 49ers

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San Francisco center Weston Richburg didn’t play at all in 2020 because of knee and shoulder injuries, and he recently had surgery on his hip. So it wouldn’t be surprising if he never plays again.

In fact, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, that is the likely scenario: Richburg is likely to end up retiring.

But for now, the 49ers have restructured Richburg’s contract, clearing $6.875 million in salary cap space for 2021. The 49ers are in decent cap shape, with more than $20 million in cap space.

When healthy, Richburg was always a starter, both for the Giants and for the 49ers. But he’s had bad luck with injuries, and as he turns 30 this year, he may be ready to walk away.

13 responses to “Report: Weston Richburg is likely to retire, restructured contract to help 49ers

  1. The 49ers are in decent cap shape, with more than $20 million in cap space.
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    Actually they were almost at 25 million under the cap yesterday, so they will be around 30 million.

  2. We just need Ford and Jimmy to restructure now then we can get the FA needed to make a run to the SB

  3. One former NFL player speculated on TV that Frisco may cut Jimmy G. to save cap space. The problem with that kind of thinking is that cap space cannot get a team into the Super Bowl. Getting rid of Jimmy G. is akin to kissing their chance of going to the Super Bowl in 2021 goodbye. Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard are not going to get Frisco into the Super Bowl. With $20 million in cap space, Frisco is in good shape. They can re-sign key free agents and may be able to sign one or two from other teams.

  4. San Francisco needs better strength and conditioning coaches. They also need to teach players, like Jimmy G, how to run to reduce injuries.

    Running quarterbacks, that tend to have few injuries, normally keep their feet under their bodies. They run with smaller steps, avoiding extending their legs. Russell Wilson is a great example of that. Watch him run…It’s always small steps.

    When Jimmy G tore his acl, he was running and extended his leg to make a cut…and that was the end of his season. If he doesn’t learn howto run, the same will happen again.

  5. californianewton says:
    March 13, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    One former NFL player speculated on TV that Frisco may cut Jimmy G. to save cap space. The problem with that kind of thinking is that cap space cannot get a team into the Super Bowl.

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    No, but this year is looking like an amazing year to pick up free agents, and it might be worth maximizing any advantage the team might have this year. If they could get a strong class at 2/3 the usual cost, they could be 2021’s version of the Bucs.

  6. Nothing about this Niners team screams contenders.

    Last place is the mostly destination for this roster.

  7. niners816 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 10:56 am
    The 49ers are in decent cap shape, with more than $20 million in cap space.
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    Actually they were almost at 25 million under the cap yesterday, so they will be around 30 million.

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    It costs 7-8 mil to sign rookies. 13 mil in fa might get you two solid or above average players.

    You people who are bad at math are really bad math. You’re not way over the cap like 25% of the league has been or still is, but you’re not going to see much impact via free agency unless you walk from JimmyG.

    To rent or not to rent for 1 year? lol

  8. It costs 7-8 mil to sign rookies. 13 mil in fa might get you two solid or above average players.

    You people who are bad at math are really bad math. You’re not way over the cap like 25% of the league has been or still is, but you’re not going to see much impact via free agency unless you walk from JimmyG.

    To rent or not to rent for 1 year? lol
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    The Niners started off with 12 million over and now are in the top 10 in cap space. Maybe it’s you that is bad at math lol. They still have more cap to shed when they start restructuring deals. Richburg was just the beginning. Helps if you actually watch football before trying to look smart.

  9. In order for the Niners to get rid of Garoppolo, they would need to have a replacement in mind that could play as well or better than Garoppolo. None of the current backups are good enough to take the team to the playoffs.

    The Niners also don’t have enough draft picks to move up in the draft. It’s very likely that at least 4 quarterbacks will be taken before the Niners get their pick at #12.

    I think that they will keep Garoppolo and pray that he doesn’t get injured. There D-Line will be back to full strength. They can pick up a good CB with the #12 pick, to replace Sherman.

  10. radar8 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 3:33 pm
    In order for the Niners to get rid of Garoppolo, they would need to have a replacement in mind that could play as well or better than Garoppolo. None of the current backups are good enough to take the team to the playoffs.

    The Niners also don’t have enough draft picks to move up in the draft. It’s very likely that at least 4 quarterbacks will be taken before the Niners get their pick at #12.
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    Niners picks:

    ound 1, Pick 12

    Round 2, Pick 43

    Round 3, Pick 102 (compensatory)

    Round 4, Pick 117

    Round 5, Pick 155

    Round 5, Pick 172 (via New Orleans)

    Round 5, Pick 180 (Compensatory)

    Round 6, Pick 193

    Round 7, Pick 229 (via New York Jets)

    Round 7, Pick 239
    They definitely have enough to move up if they wanted to. Plus they have picks for the year after too. They are in great shape!

  11. touchback6 thinks the Niners “can’t keep Garappolo” because they don’t the cap space. His exact words.

    49ers now 30 mil under the cap including Jimmy G’s contract which they can still restructure.

    He’s under contract for two more years. Facts matter bro.

  12. #10 can play. If he hadn’t overthrown that(would-be/probable)TD pass in the SB, no one would be wondering about where he will play.

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