3 veteran free agents San Francisco 49ers could still target

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The 49ers could add low-budget NFL free agency veteran additions before the start of the season.

It’s not likely the San Francisco 49ers make some kind of splash move on the ever-dwindling NFL free agency market, not at least after pulling in five rookie prospects from April’s draft and making a blockbuster trade for Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.

General manager John Lynch indicated as much not long ago, suggesting no big moves were pending given the Niners’ situation with the salary cap. According to one report from NBC Sports Bay Area, San Francisco is currently $16,304,899 under the cap, and a good chunk of that money will be used both for signing the rookie class and a potential extension for All-Pro tight end George Kittle.

So it would probably be smart to cross off the idea of signing now-free-agent offensive guard Larry Warford or EDGE Jadeveon Clowney, who’d unquestionably provide a massive boost to an already Super Bowl-caliber roster.

Ultimately, the 49ers don’t have enough money to make either deal happen.

That said, however, there are still players on the free-agent market who could help out the team. Whether they’re merely for depth purposes or competition in training camp is anyone’s guess. But finding some low-profile veterans with the chance of competing for a roster spot is never a bad idea when trying to put together a contender.

And San Francisco still has some roster shortages anyway.

While the names aren’t the ones who’d catch the headlines, Niner Noise explores three remaining veteran free agents who could still help out Lynch and Co. this upcoming season.