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Notable 49ers free agents expected to earn plenty on open market

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Some of them won’t hit the open market, however.

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Handy NFL resource Rotoworld has their official 2018 NFL free agency tracker, which will be updated throughout the offseason. They have listed every pending free agent along with that player’s age, but what’s more interesting if that the players are listed by projected contract value.

Unsurprisingly, Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers is at the top of that list, right above former popular 49ers target Kirk Cousins, and two spots above Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Case Keenum, the surprisingly competent backup’s backup-turned starter with the Minnesota Vikings, comes in at fifth, below Teddy Bridgewater, who has the perk of being 25 years old.

It’s both a good and a bad thing, of course, that Garoppolo is at the top of this list. It’s bad because it’s going to cost the 49ers a ton of cap space, but it’s good because he’s almost certainly worth it.

Carlos Hyde is on the list of running backs, and he comes in third on the list, behind Le’Veon Bell and Dion Lewis, respectively. It will be interesting to see what Hyde commands on the open market, and I still wonder if he’ll offer the 49ers some kind of discount. He’s spent a lot of time talking about how good the 49ers wll be next year.

Brandon Fusco is listed as the fifth player among all guards and centers, while Daniel Kilgore is very, very far down the list. He’s 21st in the position, whcih sounds awfully low to me. I don’t think he’s a great player, but I think he’ll command more money than people thing on a two- or three-year contract.

Tank Carradine and Aaron Lynch are ninth and 10th among edge defenders. I think Lynch could wind up getting a decent deal from a team excited about his potential and convinced he simply wasn’t a good fit in Robert Saleh’s defense.

Dontae Johnson is fairly low on the list of cornerbacks, while Eric Reid is listed fourth among safeties, behind Lamarcus Joyner, Morgan Burnett and Kenny Vaccaro.