With a league-leading nine Pro Bowlers in 2012, the San Francisco 49ers are in excellent shape heading into free agency. This roster is loaded, and all of the big names are under contract for next season.
Aside from two unsigned starters, the Niners only have to concern themselves with a few key role players this offseason. San Francisco has a couple of special teamers and some upstart names providing depth that are set to hit the open market, but there are no potential losses that would be too critical.
Having been proficient at locking up their own guys, the 49ers may look for outside help this year.
And while Trent Baalke and this San Francisco front office are not big spenders, they will peruse free agency for bargains because, as the days go on, there should be more and more surprise cuts throughout the league.
With this rapid activity, the best decisions are not always made and the 49ers may find themselves a steal or two in free agency. But before they begin analyzing the free agents around the league, they must first assess what they already have.
And given the evolution of this roster, 49ers fans can be confident that the right decisions will be made. In this piece, we'll take a look at San Francisco's roster, position by position, complete with grades heading into free agency.
Here is our roster grading scale:
A = No FA signing needed
B = Depth FA signing needed
C = Minor to bargain FA signing needed
D = Competitive FA signing needed
F = Impact starter FA signing needed