The San Francisco 49ers, as usual, will maneuver through free agency, upgrading their already loaded roster. The Niners will continue their methodical yet unglamorous approach to the free-agent market.
Trent Baalke and company will allow teams like Kansas City, Buffalo and Jacksonville to overpay—organizations with more holes and deficiencies. The 49ers are bargain shoppers: they will apply a value to players of interest, negotiate and if an agreement can be met, it will be.
San Francisco will not force anything if it’s not meant to be.
With this coming offseason, the Niners have a number of significant personnel decisions to make. The team is in a position to regain some cap space, although they have a great deal of money tied up.
Per Matt Maiocco, “The NFLPA is planning for the 2013 cap to be $121 million per team, reports Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. That would be an increase of $400,000 over this year's limit. Currently, the 49ers have 45 players under contract for next season at a cap cost of $120.98 million.”
This includes 19 players who will exceed $2 million against the cap, including Alex Smith ($9.75 million), Parys Haralson ($2.87 million), Jonathan Goodwin ($5.02 million) and David Akers ($3.62 million), all of whom may be expendable this coming offseason.
If the 49ers can trade Alex Smith before the April 1 deadline, they will create almost $10 million in cap space. If they release him outright, they will only owe him $1 million, and Smith would then be allowed to shop himself around.
San Francisco’s free agents this year will feature Dashon Goldson, Randy Moss, Larry Grant, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean-Francois, Ted Ginn Jr. and Delanie Walker. There could be some significant changeover this offseason.
We'll breakdown some free agents the 49ers should look at in the 2013 offseason.