The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2011 season with a record of 13-3 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. After defeating the Saints, the 49ers played the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.
The 49ers were right in the game and could have won it, except for a couple of major gaffes by punt return man Kyle Williams. Ultimately, the Giants prevailed 20-17 in overtime and moved on, while the 49ers looked to stock up for next season.
The 49ers had a truly great season, and head coach Jim Harbaugh was named AP Coach of the Year. Now the Niners must make some decisions on their own free agents, some 20 in total, and also look at acquiring other free agents on the market to bolster their roster.
This article will first look at five of the 49ers' own free agents that they likely don't plan to have back. Then, we will look at five other players on the market, who would also be a poor fit for the 49ers.
For the free agents formerly on other teams, I will focus on those players that the 49ers might actually consider.