The San Francisco 49ers had a pretty active first day in free agency, trading for or signing multiple players at key positions or valuable backups. What does the future hold for San Francisco in this free agency period?
The 49ers may have lost Donte Whitner, but they did fill in the strong safety spot with Antoine Bethea. Do not be surprised if a safety is drafted, even early, but the 49ers do not have a need to sign more safeties via free agency.
Cornerback, however, is a different story. Tarell Brown remains on the market, an the longer he does the better things look for the 49ers. If he does not get the contract he desires elsewhere, he will likely return to San Francisco. This would be a huge boost to a secondary without Carlos Rogers and in need of some more playmakers. Still, though, do not expect Darrelle Revis to be wearing red an gold any time soon.
Defensive and offensive lines could use some depth, but nothing is vital at this point.
The wide receiver position, of course, could use some reinforcement. There are some intriguing prospects unsigned at this point too. Potential options are Darrius Heyward-Bay, formerly of Oakland an Indianapolis, Julian Edelman, Eric Decker, or perhaps Davonne Bess or the much-maligned former Titan Kenny Britt.
Though I would expect the 49ers to be patient and get their man in the draft, one of these receivers could interest the 49ers–and such a deal, especially if at a low cost, could pay huge dividends for a team that needs weapons. However, the 49ers’ brass is supposedly high on Quinton Patton and will probably prefer to give him a chance over an outsider.
The 49ers have some potential to make more moves, but they seem to have solidified their roster fairly well and relatively completely thus far through free agency, and the next steps will likely be through the NFL Draft in early May. One or two more signings, though–especially if Brown comes back–could really boost this roster.
I have yet another busy day in Europe and a weird time zone, but I will update NinerNoise.com as quickly as I can.