A handful of other players actually signed through next year may find themselves on the chopping block as well.
The on-the-field production and success of 2012 will dictate much of Trent Baalke’s decision process regarding the squad members with tenuous futures.
Imagine if the 49ers make and/or win Super Bowl XLVII. I wholly believe that will incentivize Baalke to re-sign some players he wouldn’t have had his team lost or failed to qualify for the greatest game in American sports.
But let’s focus on the here and now.
As it stands, I project that nine players will be playing in colors other than red and gold come 2013.
Note: I omitted Larry Grant from this list because there’s still a chance he’ll suit up for another team in 2012.