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John Lynch tells 49ers fans to stay awake during free agency

We might see all sorts of action the next couple weeks.

The San Francisco 49ers hit free agency next week with a whole lot of money, and it is safe to say they will be investing in players. General manager John Lynch told Bay Area media on Thursday that 49ers fans need to stay awake next week during free agency because, “We need players.”

The 49ers were quiet last year in free agency, with offensive guard Zane Beadles highlighting an underwhelming effort. The team struggled all season long, and while Beadles was a useful contributor on a bad team, it was a disappointment, overall.

Lynch and company have already spent more money on free agency before the period even starts than they did last year through the whole period. The team signed defensive tackle Earl Mitchel to a four-year $16 million deal, cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year deal that could be worth a little over $1 million, and wide receiver DeAndre Carter to a two-year deal.

There is a lot of talent on the open market, and we have already heard the team could be strongly interested in wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The team will add at least one or two quarterbacks, through free agency and/or via trade. Beyond those positions, they need help at linebacker, pass rusher, and could use depth at most every other position. It is no surprise that they will likely be very busy the next couple weeks.