Every season brings change. That’s why there is very little carryover from one year to the next. An NFL roster sheds some players in the offseason, adds others through free agency and the draft and then develops a new personality.
Sort of like a personnel rebirth.
Looking over the 2011 roster of the San Francisco 49ers, there are areas they want to improve. What seems clear is that there won’t be an identity change. This is still a defense-first organization whose offense needs improvement.
It remains to be seen if free agents like Ahmad Brooks and Carlos Rogers re-sign with the team; the former will draw more attention than the latter.
It’s just the way outside linebackers are valued. At the same time, defensive players are harder to assess in terms of impact.
In the 49ers scheme, team is everything. It’s difficult to say Brooks will leave for, say, the Bengals and give them first-rate play.
It's still a question if Brooks will leave (or will be offered so much money to leave he can’t turn it down). He’s a so-so proposition to be around come the opening of training camp (I believe he will).
But here are eight players who most likely be gone come mid-July.