The 49ers’ offensive line created some stability towards the end of the season, but question marks surround the unit entering the off-season. With Mike Person about to become a free agent and Joshua Garnett‘s roster spot in question, the 49ers may need to find their replacements in free agency. If that’s the case, the 49ers should consider third year right guard Mark Glowinski as a possible option.
The following is an excerpt by draft analyst Lance Zierlein prior to the 2015 NFL Draft…
Tackle-turned-guard who is still learning to play the position. Lack of bend will cause leverage issues, but he has enough pure upper-body strength to overcome and he has potential to be good in pass protection. The physical traits combined with the toughness and intelligence should give him a shot to become a starter at some point. -Lance Zierlein
Glowinski was selected in the fourth round (134th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 NFL Draft.
He earned the starting right guard job in training camp and would not relinquish it all year. After an up and down 2017 season, Glowinski was replaced by Oday Aboushi and then waived. He was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts, but would have to begin the 2018 season as their back-up.
Inevitably, he would work his way into the Colt’s starting line-up. In his first start, Glowinski didn’t allow a sack and helped the running game average 5.5 yards per carry. His steady performance would continue, helping the Colt’s to reach the play-offs.
If he isn’t given an extension by the Colts and enters free agency, the 49ers should consider Glowinski. Measuring 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, the 26 year old has his best years ahead of him.
There is a chance the 49ers may want more experience at the guard position and 29 year old veteran guard Matt Paradis of the Denver Broncos would be a great addition. But the 49ers might not like his asking price and find that Glowinski at 26 has room to grow and would be a cheaper alternative.
While Glowinski is by no means on the level of Paradis in free agency, his grade this season suggests he’s turned the corner in a big way. In 601 snaps he was the 10th-highest graded guard during the regular season. While that’s a small sample size, he’d still quite clearly be a welcome addition for all the teams with liabilities at guard.
It’s almost as if Renner is giving the 49ers a sales pitch for Glowinski’s services… As there is no doubt that the 49ers have had severe liabilities at the guard position and a player such as Glowinski would most definitely be a welcomed addition by coaches and fans alike. How general manager John Lynch sees it is anybody’s guess, but I think it’s safe to say that Glowinski will be on his call list once free agency begins in March.