With the culmination of the NFL Combine, fans eagerly await what will be considered one of the more anticipated NFL drafts.
Will the Indianapolis Colts shut the door on the Peyton Manning era with the selection of Andrew Luck? Will there be a frenzy to move up to grab Baylor phenom Robert Griffin III? The draft will answer these questions and more.
Around this time of the offseason, everything is focused toward the draft day (or weekend)––and rightfully so. Teams always look to get younger, and this year will be no different.
Organizations, no matter the emotional ties, will look to release veteran players. It's the circle of life in the NFL. Whether it is for financial reasons or slip in production, front offices want to stock their rosters with as much young talent as they can find.
The 49ers are no different. They will look to release a few veterans of their own. Both Maurice Norris and Shawntae Spencer––likely through trade, though––are prime examples.
One man's trash is another man's treasure; an idiom that has lasted forever. The 49ers benefited from this process with the pickup of Carlos Rogers last season.
Teams will be looking for the same impact Carlos Rogers provided the Niners in their magical 2012 run.
I've provided a list of players who could be released. This is purely speculation—of my own—and none of the players selected have actually been released—as of yet.
Here are five veterans the 49ers should consider.