3 veteran free agents 49ers can still target on the cheap

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The 49ers don’t have much wiggle space in their salary cap to bring aboard more free agents, but these three veterans could still provide something.

In all likelihood, the San Francisco 49ers are wrapped up with their 2022 NFL free agency class, at least to the point where they’ll wait to see which prospects they bring aboard in the upcoming NFL Draft later this April.

This makes sense, too. According to Over the Cap, the Niners have only $1.75 million in available cap space, third least in the league. And with the need to reserve roughly $7 million to sign the 2022 draft class, it’s not likely general manager John Lynch will actively pursue any more high-profile free agents.

However, there are always a number of possible moves to be made that could free up cap space. There’s also a certain quarterback on San Francisco’s roster, Jimmy Garoppolo, whose release or trade could free up an additional $25.5 million.

If and when that happens, the 49ers could easily make some more significant moves on the market, perhaps going after some relatively well-known free agents to help bolster areas of need on the roster, shore up missed opportunities in the draft and build up the best possible depth ahead of what should be another run at a Super Bowl.

And with each passing week, these free agents remain available, the likelihood of their asking prices being high probably decreases. Good news for the Niners.

Let’s take a look at three still-available free agents who may be able to help bolster San Francisco at a relatively affordable cost.