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Should the 49ers re-sign RT Mike McGlinchey?

Rohan Chakravarthi
Jan 30, 2023 at 11:00 AM--

The San Francisco 49ers are now focused on the offseason, with their season ending at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in a 31-7 loss on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Which means it's time for personnel decisions, likely coaching staff departures, and of course, quarterback talk.

But, one of the biggest questions that the 49ers face come with free agent right tackle Mike McGlinchey, who is likely to earn the most money of any San Francisco free agent in 2022.

McGlinchey has faced his ups and downs as a 49er, but has been a valuable run-defender, and the starting right tackle for the past five seasons.

However, he is likely to command a hefty salary on the open market, and could look for a fresh opportunity after the amount of backlash he received in San Francisco.

So, should the 49ers re-sign him to an extension?

McGlinchey contract

The right tackle market has certainly increased over the past few seasons, due to the limited top-end talent at the position, with tackles Taylor Moton, Braden Smith, and Jack Conklin all recently earning excess of $15 million annually on their respective deals.

McGlinchey, whether 49ers fans will agree or not, likely falls into this category as he's proved himself to be effective off a significant injury, while entering the prime of his career.

The 28-year-old tackle enters free agency as the top right tackle on the market alongside Atlanta Falcons' Kaleb McGary, who is one year younger than McGlinchey.

The baseline for a McGlinchey contract, given the likely amount of interested suitors and his play, would likely be Cleveland Browns right tackle Jack Conklin's four-year, $60 million contract.

Conklin earned his deal when he was McGary's age, but with the ever-improving market, as well as the number of suitors on the open market, it wouldn't surprise if McGlinchey exceeded that contract as well.


With the salary cap for the 2022-2023 season officially set at $224.2 million, the San Francisco 49ers will have $13.7 million in cap space heading into free agency, according to Spotrac.

Including McGlinchey, the 49ers will have to deal with 24 other free agents, while also managing a hefty extension for defensive end Nick Bosa, which makes it an extremely tough decision, given the scarcity of the position and the stability that the right tackle has provided, health-wise.

However, it truly depends on where the 49ers' priorities land this offseason.

Should they look to add a high-caliber free agent in free agency, such as Washington's Daron Payne or Tampa Bay's Tom Brady, they likely will not be able to financially account for Mike McGlinchey on an extension.

Losing McGlinchey, despite his inefficiencies, would be huge for the 49ers if they don't have an apparent replacement of his caliber, given what he does in the running game and that pass protection has already been an issue at times this season, especially in the playoffs.

But, if they have their eyes elsewhere in free agency, they may not have a choice, which has been a theme for playoff teams trying to keep rosters together.

For what it's worth, NBC Sports's Matt Maiocco anticipated that the 49ers do not retain McGlinchey, instead moving forward with offensive lineman Colton McKivitz.

"There is always a strong market for experienced offensive lineman, and McGlinchey figures to get himself a sizable multi-year contract — more than likely, not with the 49ers. The 49ers have been grooming Colton McKivitz to take over, so that appears to be the most-logical move for the team," wrote Maiocco.

If the 49ers do retain him, a four-year deal worth around $60 million makes sense for both sides.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


  • Scott
    Let him move onb. He is good run blocker but gets lost on passing downs and stands around.
    Jan 31, 2023 at 10:57 AM
  • BigAl
    Ppl will hate this but defense doesnt win championships. Neither do all these weapons on the perimeter when you dont protect your QB, whether by design or ineffective pass pro. Im tired of Bosa getting completely shut out anytime he faces an average OL too. Hes gonna win DMVP because of his work against backups quality OL So yea, if I could get 3 1sts for him? I would trade him and draft 2 OL and one edge. I would also resign Mcglinchey. Something has to give and devoting all these resources to the DL hasnt won anything.
    Jan 30, 2023 at 2:48 PM


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