Free-agent targets 49ers can revisit with 2024 NFL Draft now over

Perhaps free agency can help plug some gaps the 49ers weren't able to address via the NFL Draft.
Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31)
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With the 2024 NFL Draft complete, the 49ers can look back at the free-agent market to see if there are any upgrades still available.

The San Francisco 49ers grabbed eight players in the 2024 NFL Draft, headlined by former Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall at the tail end of Round 1.

In addition to transactions during the opening waves of free agency last March, as well as an additional crop of undrafted free agents taken after the draft, the Niners' 90-man roster for the rest of the offseason is pretty much set.

Well, in theory. It's full. But it could still undergo changes, which are inevitable over the course of the year.

There are still plenty of free agents out there. While San Francisco has to take a lot of things into account with regard to signing anyone new, including limited cap space and which rostered player would need to be let go, general manager John Lynch could still tap into the free-agent market to upgrade certain spots and/or plug holes he feels are there as offseason programs get closer.

Here are three still-available free agents the 49ers should consider.

Safety Justin Simmons

The Denver Broncos released two-time Pro Bowl veteran safety Justin Simmons in a cap-saving move earlier this offseason, and it wasn't shocking to see him go unsigned through the draft. After all, teams likely wanted to see which prospects they could get their hands on during the three-day event before committing decent money to the 30 year old.

But Simmons didn't ink a deal immediately after the draft and remains unsigned.

True, the Niners took defensive back Malik Mustapha in Round 4, and the long-term ideal might be to pair him with second-year pro Ji'Ayir Brown, especially with fellow safety Talanoa Hufanga coming off a torn ACL suffered last season and entering a contract year.

Rumors speculate about San Francisco eyeing former Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, which might be quite the reach, but it does suggest an interest in adding a veteran safety.

Instead of Adams, if the 49ers are indeed looking at a safety, Simmons would be a far better option.