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2011 NFC post-lockout grades

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Key additions: Alex Smith (re-signed), Ray McDonald (re-signed), Carlos Rogers, Madieu Williams, David Akers, Jonathan Goodwin Key losses: Aubrayo Franklin, Nate Clements, Manny Lawson, Eric Heitmann Analysis: Overall, this is the most perplexing team to me in free agency -- I really have no idea why they decided to sit back to do next to nothing to improve their team. Originally, I assumed that they were handcuffed financially while they heavily pursued Asomugha. But after Asomugha went to Philadelphia, the 49ers were catatonic. Smith coming back to San Francisco was the worst kept secret in free agency. While I don't disagree with bringing Smith back under these circumstances, I hardly consider it a great signing. Goodwin is a wide-bodied anchor that could be a stabilizing force in the middle of San Francisco's young line. But he isn't a high end starter. I am very high on McDonald though. He can get after the quarterback, moves very well for a 3-4 defensive end and is probably only improving. That being said, this is a team that has a wealth of needs, especially at wide receiver and in the secondary. They could have done worse than adding Rogers as a Plan B (or Plan C) option instead of Asomugha, but I'm not confident that their secondary is even as good as it was last year. With Michael Crabtree out with another injury, it boggles my mind that the 49ers didn't see a need to bring in someone with pedigree at this position as they try to construct a passing game. San Francisco had better be confident that Jim Harbaugh is worth all that money they are paying him, because they really haven't given their first year head coach much to work with. Grade: D-

What now for Goldson?

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So with cowboys signing this guy that gives them 2 safeties. What does that signing mean for Goldson if it were truly between cowboys and 49ers?

49ers Sign CB Carlos Rogers To One Year Deal

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And we've got a new cornerback in town. I'll have a more detailed post in the morning

Cincinnati Bengals Sign Former 49er LB Manny Lawson

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The terms of the contract is one year, three million dollars. When San Francisco drafted Aldon Smith in April most people figured Lawson would be gone. The question is why didn't he get more play on the free agent market?

Seahawks "Mutually Part Ways" With ILB Tatupu

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Does anyone else gush at the thought of an inside linebacking corps of Tatupu and Willis?

The Top 5 Picks - 2011 Rookie Class

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In the midst of all the free agency chaos, and lack there of by the 49ers, I found comfort in watching this again. I am excited about our rookie class this year. Culliver has the ability to fill one of the corner positions if coached correctly before the season starts officially.

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