NFL free agency is entering its second "business week", and things have quieted down considerably. Day 1 had the first huge run, things quieted down, and then it picked up again heading into the weekend. We have entered more of the bargain bin of free agency, and while there is still some solid talent on the market, things are going to slow to a crawl the rest of the way.
The 49ers are likely going to end up making some more free agent additions between now and the start of the 2014 season. Kassim Osgood stands a good chance of returning, and there are some other low priced options the team might take a flier on for camp competition. In the meantime, below is a rundown of the 49ers current depth chart following their various additions and subtractions. I'll continue updating it in our offseason roster tracker.
As it currently stands, cornerback will have plenty of competition heading into training camp. Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver have the edge to start, but the draft could throw that for a bit of a loop. Maybe the 49ers make a move up and grab a big name corner that earns substantial playing time during the preseason? Tramaine Brock seems locked in as a starter, but who knows what will happen with the rest. Culliver, Wright and Cook are the three most notable names, but Darryl Morris will get plenty of opportunities as well.
Wide receiver will likely feature at least one or two more additions. The 49ers reportedly were in the mix for guys like Emmanuel Sanders and Julian Edelman. Much like with the cornerbacks, the 49ers could decide to make a move to get some talent at wide receiver. Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton are the most prominent receivers right now, but even beyond the draft, you've got Jon Baldwin and Chuck Jacobs to consider. Baldwin likely gets a full offseason after taking a pay cut, and Jacobs will look to build on what was a pretty solid 2013 preseason.
Two other positions with some intriguing offseason competition are inside linebacker and running back. We know that Michael Wilhoite and Nick Moody will compete to fill in for NaVorro Bowman. I suspect we see at least one more body added to that competition, but Wilhoite remains the favorite. At running back, Frank Gore is the leader of the pack, but the question becomes who gets what behind him. Somebody will eventually succeed Gore as the 49ers starting running back, and this offseason will start to sort through that.
Here's the depth chart for now:
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore, Jewel Hampton
FB: Bruce Miller, Will Tukuafu, Alex Debniak
WR: Michael Crabtree, Quinton Patton, Brandon Carswell, DeMarco Sampson
WR: Anquan Boldin, Jon Baldwin, Chuck Jacobs, David Reed, Devon Wylie
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Derek Carrier
LT: Joe Staley, Luke Marquardt
LG: Mike Iupati, Adam Snyder, Ryan Seymour
C: Daniel Kilgore
RG: Alex Boone, Joe Looney, Al Netter
RT: Anthony Davis, Jonathan Martin, Carter Bykowski
LDE: Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Lawrence Okoye
NT: Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Quinton Dial, Mike Purcell
RDE: Justin Smith, Tank Carradine, Christian Tupou
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Nick Moody
ILB: Patrick Willis, Michael Wilhoite, Darius Fleming
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier
OLB: Aldon Smith, Dan Skuta
CB: Tramaine Brock, Chris Cook, Darryl Morris
CB: Chris Culliver, Eric Wright, Dax Swanson
FS: Eric Reid, Craig Dahl, Bubba Ventrone
SS: Antoine Bethea, C.J. Spillman, D.J. Campbell