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Golden Nuggets: 49ers making moves prior to free agency

Friday, March 6th, 2015 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

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So the San Francisco 49ers signed defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, wide receiver Jerome Simpson and managed to restructure the contract of outside linebacker Aldon Smith. Of course, he's still being paid a boatload of cash, but if he has any more off-the-field issues, he can be released without a cap penalty and that's just swell.

Not only is that great for the 49ers, I think it's a good step for Smith and his maturation. There's a lot of money on the line, and a lot of potential future money as well. I'm not privy to his exact thinking or anything like that, but it would seem to come from that kind of place, right? Hopefully. Anyway, maybe it's due to the massive disaster that was the first chunk of this offseason, but things are looking solid right now.

That doesn't mean Simpson or Dockett are going to have an amazingly huge impact or anything. But I think their signings are coming from the right place. Onto your links!

Aldon Smith restructures 49ers deal, 'betting on himself' (Maiocco)

49ers sign troubled WR Jerome Simpson to two-year deal (Barrows)

49ers land solid pass rusher (and Pro Bowl Twitter follow) in Darnell Dockett (BA Sports Guy)

Cox does not expect Crabtree back with 49ers (Maiocco)

Darnell Dockett's signing with 49ers an endorsement for Jim Tomsula (Gutierrez)

49ers dive into 'pre-agency,' sign Darnell Dockett, Jerome Simpson (Barrows)

Newest 49er Dockett a true Twitter character (MercuryNews)

Darnell Docket: 'When players got word I was coming on a visit, I got text and calls from their big-name guys' (Inman)

49ers interested in ex-Eagle Trent Cole (Barrows)

Raiders should trade for 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite (BA Sports Guy)

Could 49ers be interested in trade for Marshall? (Maiocco)

The case for the 49ers to take Jake Fisher (Scout)

Warriors' Bogut says Australian Hayne's arrival on 49ers 'might make me watch football games' (Inman)

Report: Agent informs teams Ray McDonald will not be charged (Maiocco)

10 free agents who seem like they could be Baalke guys (BA Sports Guy)

49ers free-agent report: Kassim Osgood (Gutierrez)

49ers free-agent report: Brandon Lloyd (Gutierrez)

Darnell Dockett Explains Decision to Join 49ers (49ers)

49ers 2015 NFL Free Agency Rumor Roundup (49ers)

5 Things to Know about 49ers DT Darnell Dockett (49ers)

49ers Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey Jr. Outlines Teaching Philosophy (49ers)