The San Francisco 49ers have had some excellent free agent signings in their storied history.
NFL free agency essentially began in 1989 in what was originally called Plan B. In 1993, the restrictions on player movement were eased and free agency as we know it became much more popular.
Rather than go into the boring legalese of the process, it's much more fun to focus on the players who made an impact in free agency for the 49ers. At the time, then owner, Edward DeBartolo Jr. was more than willing to pay big money to bring in players through free agency.
Many of these players were instrumental to the 49ers' championship seasons. The NFL instituted a salary cap in 1994 in large part to combat the aggressive DeBartolo and the 49ers.
Let's take a closer look at the top ten free agent acquisitions by the 49ers.