With established, productive starters at nearly every position, the San Francisco 49ers will not serve as the big free-agent spenders in 2013.
Having less than $1.1 million in cap space doesn’t help things either (via Ninercaphell.com).
That still doesn’t mean they’ll refrain from signing anyone.
First of all, the 49ers will likely cut current backup quarterback Alex Smith and save $7.5 million in the process. They also might very well release other players as the offseason progresses. That would free up even more money for potential additions.
Also, Jim Harbaugh, like any NFL head coach worth his salt, believes that competition breeds success. Fostering that dynamic requires bringing in players from the outside to battle with incumbent personnel.
Safety, wide receiver and kicker are some of the positions that will attract said battles.
Whether for simple competition’s sake or for making a serious upgrade, San Francisco will look to acquire players on the open market.
Let’s set the odds for the 49ers signing six particular free agents in the 2013 class that would be ideal fits for the team.