Remaining NFL Free Agents: Can 49ers Make A Splash?

Obviously San Francisco has been less active than many of us would have liked. However, there are still a nice amount of solid free agents left on the market. 

While, the front office continues to preach patience, we are less than two weeks away from the pre-season opener and the roster needs to start taking hold. So, let us take a look. 

Update: SITE DECORUM OFF FOR THIS POST 

And remember, this COULD be the thread! 

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Quarterbacks

Marc Bulger

Troy Smih

Jake Delhomme

The market has obviously thinned out here. San Francisco was said to be interested in both Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Moore, but didn't sign either. On Sunday, Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers may add a veteran quarterback. I could see all three players on this list as options for San Francisco moving forward. 

 

Full Backs

Le'Ron McClain

Marcel Reece (Restricted)

Leonard Weaver

Lawrence Vickers

Heath Evans

Madison Hedgecock

Mike Karney

Tony Richardson

San Francisco signed Jack Corcoran to a three year contract over the weekend. He was an undrafted free agent from Rutgers in 2010 and spent some time on a couple teams practice squad last year. San Francisco has yet to release Moran Norris and have rookie Bruce Miller playing full back, so it wouldn't seem like they would be on the market for a full back. If San Francisco decides to part ways with Norris, which they should, you could be looking at them taking a stab at one of these players. 

 

Wide Receivers

Braylon Edwards

Steve Smith

Malcom Floyd

Derrick Mason

Terrell Owens

Mark Clayton

Legedu Naanee

Early Doucet (Restricted)

Edwards was linked to San Francisco prior to an incident Sunday night that found a couple individuals within his entourage arrested. He has a history of off-field problems and goes against what the 49ers look for in character. That said, they could make a play for him this week. My money would be on San Francisco making a play for Floyd, who is a bay area native and would represent an upgrade over Josh Morgan

 

 

Centers

Olin Kreutz

Shan O'Hara 

Kyle Cook (Restricted)

Jonathan Goodwin

Recent news of Adam Snyder switching to center may discount San Francisco looking for a center. But, they have been linked to Olin Kreutz and could make a player for the six year pro-bowl performer. O'Hara could also makes sense if the Snyder experiment proves to be a failure 

 

Defensive Tackles

Pat Williams

Tommie Harris

Rocky Bernard

You could be looking at SF making a move for Pat Williams, but it looks like they believe they are set after not retaining Franklin 


Outside Linebackers

Rocky McIntosh

Matt Roth

Ben Leber

Tully Banta-Cain

Keith Bullock

You have to look at 3-4 schemes and what players would fit in there. This is a reason why San Francisco did not retain Manny Lawson. This would suggest that Matt Roth or Tully-Banta Cain would be the only options here. San Francisco did sign former San Diego Charger, Antwan Applewhite over the weekend.

 

Inside Linebackers

Lofa Tatupu

Kirk Morrison

Stephen Cooper

Channing Crowder

Akin Ayodele

Tim Dobbins

Dhani Jones

Eric Barton

Gerald Hayes

Brandon Chillar

I believe that San Francisco is prepared to go into the 2011 season NaVorro Bowman as the starter opposite Patrick Willis, but they could either look for a veteran or depth. There does seem to be some options there in Morrison, Aoydele, Jones and Hayes. You can forget about Totupu, we didn't give Takeo Spikes a three year contract for a reason. San Francisco signed Larry Grant over the weekend, which adds a solid depth player. 

 

Cornerbacks

Brandon Carr (Restricted)

Brent Grimes (Restricted) 

Carlos Rogers

Kelvin Hayden

Brian Williams

Randall Gay

Lito Sheppard

Wow, this list sure has shrunk. You went from players such as Joseph and Asomugha to this. I really don't know where to begin. Both Carr and Grimes, as restricted free agents, would cost first round picks; something San Francisco is not willing to part with. They could either work out a trade for one of them, or look elsewhere. Carlos Rogers is an extremely solid cover guy, and I believe he will end up signing with San Francisco. 

 

 

A couple players said to be on the trade block

CB- Asante Samuel

WR- Jerricho Cotchery

It just depends on what the Eagles and Jets would ask for each player. Samuel isn't that shutdown corner that San Francisco was looking for in the free agent market, but he is a big time play maker; something else the 49ers need. There is a reason why he is a perrenial pro-bowl performer. Philadelphia would be looking for a 2nd round pick  or a combination of a mid round pick and a player in return. 

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