We are likely done seeing the San Francisco 49ers make any free agency transactions other than a veteran defensive tackle. The Denver Broncos re-signed DT Shelby Harris on a one-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. Either the Niners weren’t interested, or the team is saving every penny to extend star tight end George Kittle—who many believe reaches a deal with the 49ers this spring or summer. The only other notable signing over the weekend was cornerback Ronald Darby going to Washington on a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Here is a look at the top players available :
- WR Rashard Higgins, Browns
- TE Charles Clay, Cardinals
- TE Delanie Walker, Titans
- DT Mike Daniels, Lions
- DT Marcell Dareus, Jaguars
- DT Tim Jernigan, Eagles
- Edge Jadeveon Clowney, Seahawks
- Edge Everson Griffen, Vikings
- Edge Cameron Wake, Titans
- CB Logan Ryan, Titans
- CB Johnathan Joseph, Texans
- CB Trumaine Johnson, Jets
- CB Bashaud Breeland, Chiefs
Speaking in inverse order, Breeland is the only player I’d consider when you factor in cost, age, and fit. Even then, I’d rather roll with Emmanuel Moseley and a draft pick moving forward.
At edge rusher, Clowney and Griffen are going to command top dollar. I’m shocked Griffen is available. He’s been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and has been consistent unless there is an undisclosed injury, or his asking price is too high.
The available defensive tackles are the ones that sign as training camp is approaching. There’s no rush to get a deal done if the 49ers are interested, as the three listed will likely be available after the draft. All three can help the Niners, but Dareus is the most talented. Dareus played in a similar front in Jacksonville, where Robert Saleh was a linebacker coach for three seasons.
As for the offense, that’ll be addressed in the NFL Draft. Travis Benjamin is the speed threat. While Walker would be a great story, bringing in a younger, cheaper option that can stay healthy, and you can mold into the player you’d like him to be.
Are the 49ers done in free agency, or could we see one last veteran signing?