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Golden Nuggets: Not much calm before Thursday’s storm

A daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web. Thursday, 3/9/2017 edition.

By all accounts, the Wednesday we as 49er fans have just witnessed is a stark contrast to anything experienced under the previous Front Office regime. Despite the Free Agency period not quite being active yet, the 49ers have come to terms (unofficially) with a number of veteran players to begin the rebuild of the franchise. While many of these deals have been relatively (to our cap size) small, the prevailing theme seems to be a “bad team tax” inflating the salaries from what they might have been expected to be. Putting that minor gripe aside, the new FO has taken a very refreshingly proactive stance towards Free Agency, and more is yet to come.

Notably, a pair of WRs in Garcon and Goodwin were brought in to upgrade a very depleted cabinet. Beat writers have already begun building hope that speed merchant Marquise Goodwin will be able to fill the role that Taylor Gabriel held under Shanahan in Atlanta. The FB position has returned to the team, in a very prized free agent acquisition in Kyle Juszczyk, who is expected to fill a Delanie Walker “Swiss Army Knife” role. Furthermore, the QB position has been addressed with previous Shanahan QB Brian Hoyer. His two year deal contains a relatively low salary, which leaves the door ajar for flexibility’s sake - perhaps a blockbuster deal that relegates Hoyer to the bench, or a high draft pick that sits behind Hoyer.

Defensively, former Seattle and Raiders linebacker Malcolm Smith is expected to join the 49ers, bolstering a unit that needs significant work. With the Free Agency period opening in earnest on Thursday afternoon, it is possible that there are more players to be inked.

How WR Pierre Garcon fits in with the new look 49ers | Wagoner, ESPN

QB Hoyer, WR Goodwin to sign with 49ers | Schefter, ESPN

More than a fullback, “Juice-Check” gets big deal | Wagoner, ESPN

Can WR Marquise Goodwin fill the Taylor Gabriel role? | Wagoner, ESPN

How QB Hoyer gives the 49ers flexibility in FA/draft QB market | Wagoner, ESPN

Ex-Raider LB Malcolm Smith to sign with 49ers | Mano, Mercury

OL Marcus Martin released | McDonald, Mercury

5 things to know about Brian Hoyer | McDonald, Mercury

Vernon Davis scores 3 year deal with Washington football team | CSN Bay Area

Hayne Plane Train having a rocky go at things back in Australia | Passa, Sac Bee

Kyle Shanahan completely remaking 49ers offense | Barrows, Sac Bee

Hoyer: perfect bridge QB | Biderman, Ninerswire

49ers on hand for RB Mixon’s Pro Day | Biderman, Ninerswire