Will any 49ers players remain with the team throughout the decade?

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The San Francisco 49ers have a roster full of young, surging talent. But will any of them be on the team throughout the entire decade?

We’re barely a month into the offseason and many NFL clubs have begun the dreaded re-tooling process. Regardless of the needs of each team, the ultimate goal will always be the same leading up to the new season.

As for the San Francisco 49ers, 2019 was such an amazing accomplishment. However, just like 31 other NFL teams, the 49ers will have to do a little re-tooling of their own.

Although there are a few studs in place as possible rocks in their franchise, we’ll delve into the reality of them staying put for the decade.

Is it possible?

The sport of football has captivated my heart at an extremely early age and it hasn’t relinquished its grip since I first made eye contact. I’ve been a rock-solid fan for a little more than three decades now and my love for the sport is still as strong as it was all them years ago.

If you’re just a casual fan who only roots for superstars as opposed to one particular team, then kudos to you because you just added an additional 10 years on to your life span.

Why would I say such a thing you ask? Being a “Die-Hard” fan for one team is such an emotional rollercoaster year in and year out, you’ll be lucky enough just to keep your sanity by the end of the season.

There are so many peaks and valleys that come with the territory of fandom, one can only imagine the thrill of victory versus the agony of defeat. At the beginning of the new league year, everyone has a clean slate and share’s the same total of wins and losses.

However, many folks who follow their respective sport(s) can sort of gauge the energy and atmosphere surrounding the team. Not that it’s always that clear cut and dry, but at least we get an early sense of the level of success that can be obtained.

Today’s NFL is a far cry from the dynasty filled era which captivated my imagination. Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s, we were accustomed to knowing what teams were going to be battling for the ultimate prize.

I stand before you today as a proud die-hard fan of one of those aforementioned teams. The San Francisco 49ers are the team that I’ve been rooting for since I laid eyes on the television screen.

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Although my love for them began in a totally different era of football, I have truly enjoyed the thrills and spills this team has provided recently.

The 49ers haven’t won the Super Bowl since 1995, but that hasn’t deterred me from screaming my head off and losing my voice the next day.

Instead, I embrace these new times and appreciate the effort made by the NFL to spice up competition which gives different teams an opportunity to win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, with great entertainment comes great frustration.

Due to parity in the NFL, most players don’t even finish their careers with the team they started with.

This is extremely concerning (for me personally) because we can no longer rely on the popularity of a player’s name or his previous accomplishments to finish with one team, there are far too many elements involved in order for that to happen nowadays.

Is it possible for a veteran to retire with the team that drafted/traded for him? Yes, it is.

No matter how impossible the odds may seem, where there’s a will there’s a way and I firmly believe there’s a way to keep these next guys on the squad for the decade.

First up we have linebacker Fred Warner — a stud in the making who has the potential to solidify himself as one of the greats when it’s all said and done. Warner has once again led the team in total tackles this season, racking up 118.

As I mentioned earlier, due to league-wide parity, keeping players who have passed their prime is frowned upon by many outside of the organization.

As long as Warner can stay healthy and consistently produce at a high level, I firmly believe he is one of those rare players who will finish with the team that drafted him.

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In just his first two years with the 49ers, Warner has led the team in tackles both years and started all 16 games in back to back seasons.

Of course, there are a ton of obstacles in the way before we can even think about 2030, but if I had to pick a player who I believe may stick for that long, Warner will be that guy.

As for my other pick to stay put for the decade, I’m going to give the slight nod to right tackle Mike McGlinchey. I was actually torn between him and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, but I gave the edge to Mike because of the stability needed along an offensive line.

Also, McGlinchey has been learning from a stud in his own right, 13-year veteran Joe Staley. Considering the unique style of play-calling from head coach Kyle Shanahan, it’s not such a far-fetched idea to go offensive line here.

Other notables who could pull off the feat are players like Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Dre Greenlaw, or even Mitch Wishnowsky.

I’m extremely excited to know that we will not have to worry about such trivial thoughts like these for another 10 years. The best thing for all of us to do is, continue enjoying the games and pray for the best possible outcome each and every year.

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Please feel free to let me know who you think will remain with your respective team for the decade. Many blessings and be well, thank you!