FREE AGENCY: WHO SHOULD THE 49ERS SHOULD TARGET?
February 28, 2013
In the last five years, the San Francisco 49ers have been a team built through the draft and only peppered with the additions of bargain free agents. But even with fifteen draft selections, adding some proven veteran talent to an already talented team can’t hurt. It’s Super Bowl or bust time in the Bay Area.
The 49ers biggest needs for upgrading are at WR, DL, CB, and S.
Listed below are players to fill those voids, if their current teams allow them to hit the market.
Mike Wallace (PIT): Although not necessarily a complete receiver, Wallace is one of the NFL’s most explosive weapons and would give the 49ers the speed they have been looking for. It will be hard to outbid Miami or Cleveland though.
Brian Hartline (MIA): Coming off a 1,000+ yards season with the Dolphins, Hartline also has the straight-line speed to pull defenders off WR Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis underneath.
Jason Jones (SEA): Not only would it hurt their toughest divisional rival up North, Jones would give the front seven another needed pass rusher.
Desmond Bryant (OAK): His size in the trenches is worth bringing across the bay, despite recent run in with the law.
Sean Smith (MIA): With great size (6’2) and good coverage skills, Smith is younger (25) and would be cheaper than trading for Darrell Revis.
Keenan Lewis (PIT): By season’s end, Lewis had become Pittsburgh’s best cornerback. If he’s allowed to leave the Steel City, the City by the Bay should snatch him up.
Charles Woodson (GB): A future hall-of-famer known for his ball-hawking skills, Woodson would be a solid bridge at the safety position and a huge upgrade in coverage over Donte Whitner.
Ed Reid (BAL): See above.
RB/KR Reggie Bush (MIA): Coming off one of his best all-around seasons, Bush would be a luxury for sure considering the backs already on the roster. But, between his skill as a short-range pass option and his ability to handle kicks, the USC legend would be gladly welcomed back to the West coast.
WR/KR Devin Hester (CHI): Although never able to be a consistent speed receiver, Hester is an explosive and dynamic returner and would immediately upgrade the special teams unit.
WR/KR Josh Cribbs (CLE): See above.