The NFL machine never stops turning. The 49ers season came to an end on Sunday evening and changes to the coaching staff have already begun.
Solomon Wilcots was the first to report that assistant head coach and tight ends coach Jon Embree will not be returning to the 49ers for the 2022 season.
On Tuesday @ 49ers fired Asst. HC & TE coach Jon Embree who developed 5th rd pick @ gkittle46 Being asked to take a 60% pay cut is how they now fire minority coaches today. #NFL # 49ers pic.twitter.com/x3Mq2ntF3q
– Solomon Wilcots (@SolomonsWisdom) February 2, 2022
Embree was hired by the 49ers in 2017 shortly after Kyle Shanahan was named head coach.
During his time with San Francisco, Embree helped George Kittle become one of the best tight ends in the game. In addition to Kittle, 2020 sixth round draft pick Charlie Woerner showed growth during his second NFL season.
San Francisco will also be looking for a new assistant offensive line coach. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver is reporting that Butch Barry will be hired as the offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos.
Per multiple sources, the Broncos are in the process of hiring Butch Barry a their new OL coach, replacing Mike Munchak. Barry coached with Broncos’ HC Nathaniel Hackett, OC Justin Oetten at Green Bay in 2020. Spent the past year as Kyle Shanahan’s asst OLine coach with 49ers. # 9sports
– Mike Klis (@mikeklis) February 2, 2022
Barry was a senior analyst with the Green Bay Packers in 2020, working with new Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett and new offensive coordinator Justin Oetten.
Barry joined the 49ers staff in February 2021 and spent this past season working under offensive line coach Chris Foerster.
San Francisco has also started the process of putting together their roster for 2022, signing eleven players to reserve / future contracts including:
TE Tanner Hudson
FB Josh Hokit
OL Alfredo Gutierrez
WR Austin Mack
WR Conor Wedington
LB Curtis Robinson
DT Chris Slayton
TE Jordan Matthews
WR KeeSean Johnson
CB Ka’dar Hollman
DL Alex Barrett
All of the players, with the exception of Hollman and Johnson, finished the 2021 season on the team’s practice squad.
With Ross Dwelley not being under contract for 2022, keep an eye on Tanner Hudson. Hudson was signed to the 49ers practice squad on September 3, 2021, after spending 2018-2020 with Tampa Bay.
Between his time with the Buccaneers and 49ers, Hudson has played in 22 games with five catches on 12 targets for 67 yards. Hudson was on the active roster throughout Tampa Bay’s postseason run to the Super Bowl in 2020, playing primarily on special teams.
Alex Barrett could be another name pay attention to, especially if San Francisco is unable to bring back DJ Jones. Barrett has history with 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, the two were together in Detroit in 2017. The defensive end played 119 snaps over the course of seven games for the 49ers in 2020, finishing with five tackles and two quarterback hits.