10 Available Free Agents Who Could Still Help the San Francisco 49ers in 2016
By Peter Panacy
The San Francisco 49ers aren’t likely going to go after too many more free agents this offseason barring injury or other unforeseen circumstances. But there are a few notable players on the free-agent market who may be able to help this growing team in 2016.
The San Francisco 49ers aren’t a team known for making big splashes in NFL free agency, and general manager Trent Baalke’s efforts — or lack thereof — in 2016 reinforce this notion.
Baalke’s biggest offseason free-agent haul was offensive guard Zane Beadles, who will likely assume one of the two starting guard positions for which a number of younger players are competing.
The 49ers are a draft-first, sign-later team. And there isn’t anything wrong with the notion of teams building via the draft and merely supplementing through free agency. There also isn’t anything wrong with the general youth movement San Francisco appears to be employing.
Still, the 49ers roster is far from complete. Even after a plethora of additions in the 2016 NFL Draft — the majority of which focused on the trenches and within the secondary — San Francisco’s roster still has some major holes to fill.
And it isn’t as if the Niners don’t have the financial flexibility to land some still-available free agents.
According to Over the Cap, San Francisco has a total of $49,020,398 in cap space. That’s second only behind the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
But what if the 49ers wanted to bring in a few free agents to either create some better competition from younger players or supplement weaker positions which weren’t totally addressed earlier this offseason?
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 10 available free agents the 49ers should consider at this point in the offseason.
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