In addition to making Trent Williams the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL this offseason, the 49ers signed six-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency.
Williams joined 95.7 The Game on Thursday and talked about why he is so excited have Mack join him on the 49ers offensive line next season.
“That gives us mental confidence,” Williams told “Damon, Ratto and Kolsky” on Thursday. “It’s like finding that quarterback, we just found our quarterback on the front line. Obviously, Weston (Richburg) had his deals with injuries, which is a disgrace, and his case, we’re praying for him, so that he recovers soon.
“But, for a guy like Alex Mack to come and fill that void, he’s an All-Pro, all you would ask for in a center is, I think we’re really lucky, I don’t even know. How did we do it. Like I said, everyone around here is getting used to the magic that the front office does every offseason, it still amazes me, although I hope so, it still amazes me that they continue to bring in high caliber players to continue adding pieces to the puzzle, to be of back at that great dance, I think Alex Mack is a great piece of that puzzle. “
Richburg signed a five-year contract in 2018 in hopes of being the 49ers center week after week. Richburg played in 28 games before being knocked out late in the 2019 season with a torn patellar tendon and forced to miss the rest of the season. After another injury that left Richburg out last season, he restructured his contract with the team and was “likely to retire” according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
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Mack comes to the 49ers after five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, where he helped lead the Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance under then-offensive coordinator and current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Williams and Mack have a combined 14 Pro Bowl appearances between them, bringing strong veteran leadership to a 49ers offensive line that struggled a season ago.
Jimmy Garoppolo appears, by all accounts, to be the 49ers’ expected starting quarterback when Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season begins, though multiple anonymous sources still link the 49ers to two unhappy league stars they request. trades, and some of the next crop of quarterbacks are expected to go in the first round of the draft.
With the Williams and Mack tandem leading the offensive line into next season, Garoppolo or whoever becomes QB1 should sleep soundly knowing they will have one of the sharpest minds in the game and one of their most talented tackles guarding each and every one of them. of the snap.
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