The San Francisco 49ers are closing in on the end of the first week of 2012 NFL free agency and have a few moves under their belt. They've signed WR Randy Moss, CB Perrish Cox, and RB Rock Cartwright, while re-signing CB Carlos Rogers and LB Tavares Gooden. We put together a pre-free agency depth chart, and now seemed like a good time for an updated depth chart.
The addition of Rock Cartwright is a solid boost for the special teams units following the loss of Blake Costanzo. Cartwright is primarily helping in the coverage and blocking units, but he can also work as a kick returner on occasion. Additionally, Cartwright can be called on in a pinch to get some carries as a running back. I don't think Cartwright is the guy that would bump Anthony Dixon from the roster. I suppose it is possible, but I see him more as a Blake Costanzo guy who very rarely gets touches at his listed position.
The OLB position continues to be an intriguing one. The 49ers have Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith penciled in as starters, with Parys Haralson sitting as a backup. Haralson is scheduled to make $2.45 million this year. Although the 49ers cleared payroll with Shawntae Spencer yesterday, I am a little less inclined to think Haralson would be on his way out. The team lacks any depth other than Haralson at OLB, which would seem to justify his salary for now. The team could look for cheaper options, but given that they are currently $18 million under the salary cap, there is not an urgent need for space.
Head after the jump to check out the current depth chart.
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Scott Tolzien
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon, Rock Cartwright
FB: Bruce Miller
WR: Michael Crabtree, Dontavia Bogan, Kyle Nelson
WR: Randy Moss, Kyle Williams, Joe Hastings
TE: Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Nate Byham, Konrad Reuland
LT: Joe Staley, Alex Boone
LG: Mike Iupati, Garrett Chisolm
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Chase Beeler
RG: Daniel Kilgore, Mike Person
RT: Anthony Davis, Derek Hall, Kenny Wiggins
LDE: Ray McDonald, Demarcus Dobbs
NT: Isaac Sopoaga, Ian Williams
RDE: Justin Smith, Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Mike Wilhoite
ILB: Patrick Willis, Tavares Gooden
OLB: Ahmad Brooks
OLB: Aldon Smith, Parys Haralson
CB: Tarell Brown, Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock, Cory Nelms
CB: Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver, Curtis Holcomb
FS: Dashon Goldson, Colin Jones, Mark LeGree
SS: Donte Whitner, C.J. Spillman