User Hashtag Mafioso put together a FanPost the other day looking at the San Francisco 49ers 2016 free agents and how they might impact the 2015 NFL Draft. Considering this year's free agency is slowly coming to a close, I decided I would put together a full list of the 49ers 2016 free agents. This list could very well change with extensions and some of them potentially being released.
There are some pretty hefty names on this list. Anquan Boldin, Alex Boone, Aldon Smith, Vernon Davis and Justin Smith are the most notable. From that group, we don't even know if Justin Smith will be around, and for Vernon Davis to matter, he has to prove last year was a fluke.
The potential departures of Boone, Boldin and Aldon Smith are the three that could most impact the top of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 49ers signed Torrey Smith, but they still have their share of questions at wide receiver behind Smith and Boldin. I would not be surprised to see Boldin sign a contract extension, but even still, the team needs to find a third option.
At guard, the 49ers have Brandon Thomas to potentially replace Mike Iupati. The loser of the Marcus Martin-Daniel Kilgore competition could end up as Boone's replacement in 2016, but that is a tough one to figure out.
Aldon Smith is the biggest question mark of that group. He restructured his contract into a huge chunk of game day roster bonuses. His future is uncertain due to past transgressions. Will the 49ers extend him? If they do, a combination of Smith and Aaron Lynch could be pretty impressive for the next couple years. But if Smith walks, the team needs to find a new option. Do they consider that this year for at least depth purposes?
Running back is a bit of an under the radar position. The 49ers have Carlos Hyde locked up for now, but Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter are both playing on one-year deals. Even if Hyde emerges as the main guy, the move towards more and more complementary backs means the team will at some point be looking for more options. Some have suggested Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon, but the team could even grab someone a few rounds later. I don't expect a heavy draft investment in the running back position this year, but it is one that could see a late round flier.
RB: Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter
WR: Anquan Boldin, Trindon Holliday, Chuck Jacobs (ERFA)
TE: Vernon Davis, Garrett Celek
OG: Alex Boone, Joe Looney, Andrew Tiller (ERFA)
DT: Justin Smith, Ian Williams, Tony Jerod-Eddie (RFA)
ILB: Desmond Bishop, Michael Wilhoite (RFA)
OLB: Aldon Smith, Chase Thomas (ERFA)
CB: Chris Cook, Shareece Wright, Leon McFadden (RFA), Marcus Cromartie (ERFA)
S: Craig Dahl
K: Phil Dawson