It seems to make sense that the San Francisco 49ers will sign a safety in free agency on Thursday, but what other positions could they be targeting?
So we're two days deep into this year's free agency period, and the San Francisco 49ers finally made a move by signing defensive lineman Glen Dorsey. I call him a defensive lineman as opposed to a tackle or end because I'm honestly not sure how he'll be used in San Francisco's scheme. Given the frequency that the team was out of the base 3-4 defense last season, I don't even know what to call it anymore.
But what's next? It would seem that a safety signing is on the cards. Yesterday, the rumors for Ed Reed got started up again, and personally, I think he'd be the best option for 2013. I think he has a lot more left in the tank than Charles Woodson, and I think he'll come cheaper than Louis Delmas will.
San Francisco needs stopgap at safety in free agency, not a guy like Delmas. He could end up breaking out with some team in 2013, but he has a ton of injury concerns, and I don't think he's a safe investment. Alternatively, this is the deepest safety draft we've seen in years, and that's a big deal. It's another reason why a guy like Reed makes so much sense.
Outside of safety, there's still some needs there. The 49ers will need to potentially find a kicker, a backup inside linebacker, possibly another outside linebacker, more defensive linemen and a cornerback. But who's available at this point?
Actually, there's plenty of names still available. It's hard to really list the defensive linemen these days because it's a crapshoot as to what the 49ers are actually looking for in their defensive line. Then we don't know what they'll spend on a corner, so could I really list guys like Nnamdi Asomugha and Aqib Talib?
Just take a quick look over this list of free agents. See anybody available that you think the 49ers would draft? Tell us why in the comments below.