NFL free agency gets started this weekend with the negotiation period, and players will be able to sign with new teams starting next Tuesday. In the meantime, teams can still re-sign their free agents, as we saw earlier this week when the San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a two year contract.
For now, here is an updated depth chart following the Boldin deal. It's the only notable change since this late January look, but that will change by the time free agency starts, even without outside names. The 49ers will extend a tender to exclusive rights free agent Michael Wilhoite, and he will re-sign at least for that tender, assuming they don't work out a long-term deal. Just a reminder that an exclusive rights free agent is free only in the sense that he can choose to either play for the 49ers, or not play football. The 49ers could elect not to tender him, but they will not do that.
I also swapped Joe Looney and Adam Snyder at left and right guard. Modesto Matt mentioned swapping them during our discussion of the interior line depth chart after Daniel Kilgore signed his contract extension. Someone else pointed out that Snyder was already in at left guard when Looney went in, but since Snyder went in at LG first, I figured why not just swap them.
I still think Adam Snyder is on the roster bubble heading into camp. I think it's strong bubble, but if Joe Looney shows he can handle that interior line work, and one of Luke Marquardt or Carter Bykowski can handle the swing tackle work, Snyder could be on the outs for salary cap purposes. Of course, even if Looney is able to handle the interior work, Marquardt and Bykowski have a lot to prove to supplant a veteran like Snyder. But I think it's something worth at least keeping on our radar this offseason.
Here is the full depth chart, along with the 49ers various free agents.
QB: Colin Kaepernick, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore, Jewel Hampton
FB: Bruce Miller, Alex Debniak, Will Tukuafu
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, 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, Darryl Morris
CB: Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver, Dax Swanson
FS: Eric Reid, Bubba Ventrone
SS: Craig Dahl, C.J. Spillman, D.J. Campbell
Here is the full list of free agents:
Unrestricted Free agents
Restricted Free Agents
DL Demarcus Dobbs
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
LB Michael Wilhoite