Man, what a night. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. From “missing out” on OBJ, to landing Dee Ford, to the continued Earl Thomas saga. Oh, and apparently the Niners were in on Le’Veon Bell. Surely today will be less crazy, right? Right?
Let’s take a look at the best available free agents that are out there.
Cream of the crop
It’s not slim pickings, but the majority of bigger names have been signed. Here are some of the best names that could come in and help right away:
EDGE Justin Houston
Does signing Dee Ford take the 49ers out of the Houston runnings? I could see why you wouldn’t want to spend big twice at the position. Especially considering the talent available in the draft. That said, it’s Houston. He’s never not been good.
That’s it. That’s the best of the best left. Slim pickings.
Thanks, but no thanks
DT Ndamukong Suh
There have been some quotes about Suh from other players that aren’t very flattering. To the effect of them saying they’re happy he is playing. If you watched Suh in 2018, he’s still as talented as ever. He will embarrass you. He also will coast through games. With the amount of bodies on the interior for the 49ers, hard pass.
EDGE Ezekiel Ansah
Ansah is still available for a reason, as are the majority of these players. Ansah has health issues. With the team already lacking depth/talent on the edge, and seeing where they pick. No thanks. Houston is a leader and is dependable. Can you say the same thing here?
Make them prove it
CB Ronald Darby
The team is looking for help at corner. They’ve made that obvious. Darby is another guy that has health issues. He also has talent. The two haven’t been matched, and Darby is reportedly visiting the Chiefs. That said, he would be an upgrade opposite of Richard Sherman.
WR Golden Tate
Tate at anything under $5 million a year is a yes for me. Kyle Shanahan would do wonders with a guy like this. Tate is great with the ball in his hands. If you can’t get Tate for that amount, no worries. Just move on.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Clinton-Dix is a contract that I would be very interested in seeing. I imagine the market was not as high for him as he imagined. Clinton-Dix is talented. Packer fans are still cringing at the effort he puts in against the run. He has plenty of versatility on the back end and adds value. It’s just him being consistent.
4 other names that could help:
Edge Shaquil Barrett
CB Bryce Callahan
CB Morris Claiborne
FS Tre Boston