The first day of free agency is slowly coming to a close following a flurry of moves across the league. Some of the expected moves did not happen yet, with Ndamukong Suh and Jeremy Maclin supposedly still working out final details on their contracts with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. However, plenty of other big moves happened.
The big story of day one has to be the numerous big trades, including Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks in a deal for Max Unger, Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions, and Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles in a deal for Nick Foles. The NFL does not feature a lot of trades, but with an expanded salary cap this year, it has potentially made deals a little easier.
The biggest free agency moves included cornerbacks cashing in big. Byron Maxwell is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Darrelle Revis is returning to the New York Jets. They signed for a combined $130 million on 6- and 5-year contracts, respectively. Revis did a great job with his contract, nailing down $40 million in guaranteed money. Well done, Revis Island.
Amidst all that, it was a relatively quiet day for the San Francisco 49ers. The team took care of some business, but it was much different than a year ago when the 49ers executed eight transactions. Those transactions included signing Phil Dawson to a 2-year deal, Antoine Bethea to a 4-year deal, and Eric Wright to a 1-year deal. They also made two trades, acquiring Jonathan Martin and Blaine Gabbert. They also released Carlos Rogers, and tendered Michael Wilhoite and Dermarcus Dobbs.
This year, it was a little more tame. Based on the reports out there, the following deals are either done, or appear likely to get done:
1. Signed Torrey Smith to a 5-year, $40 million deal - We do not have official team acknowledgement, but it is done.
2. Blaine Gabbert signs 2-year, $2 million deal - says a lot about the free agent QB market, and this year's incoming rookie class - At least $1,505,000 of that is base salary, which is usually not guaranteed. He likely received a small signing bonus and some roster and/or workout bonuses.
The team also saw the following players depart:
1. Frank Gore to the Colts
2. Mike Iupati to the Cardinals
We should start to hear more rumors as the week progresses, but for now, that is what we know has happened thus far. The team still has a sizable chunk of cap space, which we will discuss in further detail on Wednesday. But based on this small bit of work, how would you rate the team's first day of free agency? Patrick Willis retire today, but given that we knew this was going down, do not factor that into your vote. We'll have a broader full free agency vote later this week that will include that. This vote is strictly for these moves today.