Jed York echoed his GM Trent Baalke’s recent statement that the 49ers will not be big players on the NFL free agency market. Instead the team will look to “fill a few holes” and sign the majority of their own 15 free agents. This is sure to insight rage in many 49er fans as it essentially kills any Nnamdi Asomugha, Sidney Rice type of deals. This news however shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone (I told you to expect this remember?
Look at the names the 49ers need to re-sign: Alex Smith (he’s going to be the starting QB whether any of us like it or not), Takeo Spikes, David Baas and those are just the non-negotiable. After that the team needs to make big decisions on Dashon Goldson, Aubrayo Franklin and Manny Lawson as well. While that won’t take up all the cap room the 49ers need to figure out what they have with Jim Harbaugh. The offense will be completely different with an eye on taking advantage of the 49ers playmakers Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. Gore expects to get out in space more, while Crabtree needs another big year and the 49ers need to revisit 2009 when Vernon Davis had more opportunities downfield. The defense will be more aggressive under coordinator Vic Fangio so the 49ers need to find out what that plus 1st round pick Aldon Smith can do for them before they go spending huge money on a player like Asomugha.
Many teams try to buy a Super Bowl in the offseason. Many 49er fans look back at the Eddie D days and think we used to be one of those teams that did it successfully. The truth is no team has EVER bought a championship in the offseason. The 49er teams of the 80’s and 90’s were built through the draft and supplemented in FA. Yes the team spent big sometimes, but the core group usually 90-100% was acquired through the draft. Until the 49ers are in real contention no reason to spend big on a big name free agent, the teams #1 problem last season was coaching. That is fixed now with Harbaugh; let’s see what he does with the current personnel before we mortgage our future on a pricey veteran free agent.