Keep or cut loose? That’s the question the San Francisco 49ers front office faces for 19 roster players who are now free agents. Safety C.J. Spillman was the 20th, but he was re-signed last Friday.
For some, such as quarterback Alex Smith and offensive guard Adam Snyder, the answer is easy—an unqualified yes. For others, like wide receiver and return man Ted Ginn Jr., the answer is more difficult.
I looked at this issue before the playoffs and have since changed my tune on a few players because readers challenged me to think some more. So without further delay, here is my second take on free agents who should stay and who the 49ers should encourage to seek their fortunes elsewhere.