San Francisco 49ers Free Agency: Grading the 49ers' Moves on Day 1

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San Francisco 49ers Free Agency: Grading the  49ers' Moves on Day 1
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The San Francisco 49ers didn’t make the proverbial big splash at the advent of the 2012 NFL free agency.

But this should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the way general manager Trent Baalke operates this franchise during the offseason.

Baalke does not fear or avoid pursuing the coveted prizes; rather, he assigns a particular value to a player and moves on if the asking price exceeds his value.

Furthermore, if Baalke’s, Jim Harbaugh’s and the rest of the 49er organization’s evaluation of the player deem him incompatible with the identity and goals of the team, then they move on just the same.

It is a calm, measured and judicious approach to an aspect of team management not often witnessed among NFL franchises. Ensure the long-term efficacy of the team through shrewd drafting while supplementing via fiscally responsible, sensible free-agent signings. It really isn’t so difficult to comprehend.

Baalke and the 49er front office also make locking up their own players a priority (usually).

With that in mind, let’s review my grades for the 49ers’ re-signings, free-agent acquisitions and the ones for players they neglected to sign on the first day of this year’s free-agency period.

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