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2012 NFL Free Agents: 4 Wide Receivers San Francisco 49ers Should Target
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Every San Francisco 49ers fan is demanding that their team pursue a talented wide receiver in the 2012 free agent market. 

With Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker and Marques Colston all on the free agent list, it seems likely that 49ers will go after a difference-maker.

However, now that Bowe, Johnson, Welker and D. Jackson have all negotiated deals with their 2011 clubs, there will be a huge price to pay for the two remaining elite free agent receivers (V. Jackson and Wallace).

San Francisco has the resources necessary to bring in one of these guys but should pass on the opportunity.

The 49ers are a run-first team that relies on milking the clock rather than scoring quickly. For this reason, it would be absurd for San Francisco to waste money on a position that is not prominently featured in their offense.

If they are going to go after a top-tier player in free agency, it would make much more sense for them to target Carl Nicks, an All-Pro guard who would be a huge upgrade over Adam Snyder.

While getting Wallace or V. Jackson would be exciting for the fans, San Francisco should avoid unnecessary bidding wars. Instead, they should opt to pursue some of the under-the-radar free agents.

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