SANTA CLARA – Just think how far the 49ers have come in three years. Their roster is no longer talent-starved, nor does their salary cap allow for anything like the spending spree of 2017.
“Those days aren’t happening any more,” general manager John Lynch said last month. “We can’t go to the grocery store and say, ‘I’ll have that, I’ll have that, I’ll have that.’ ”
To have a shot at a Super Bowl return, the 49ers need to sprinkle in some talent while also rewarding incumbents with new deals.
How promptly must that happen?