The San Francisco 49ers came within five yards of winning their sixth Super Bowl. They were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31, and the task now is to get back to the big game next year, and win it.
The dust has settled on the season and it's time to look toward strengthening the team for another run in 2013. Acquiring players through free agency is one of the primary ways a team can improve in a hurry.
The 49ers and GM Trent Baalke have been more focused on the draft, which is how they built the team into into a consistent contender. However, as the 49ers have had success in the past two seasons, they find themselves picking toward the bottom of the draft.
At this stage of the squad, it's more important for the 49ers to acquire impact players, as opposed to needing bodies for depth. Picking later in the draft rounds hampers the 49ers' ability to get that impact talent.
The 49ers must tap into the free-agent market to pick up some impact players. Every team has a certain window of opportunity that must be capitalized on. Acquiring impact-caliber players now will give the 49ers the best chance to pass that final hurdle and win the Super Bowl.
Let's look at 10 free agents that would be an ideal fit for the 49ers. For the purposes of this article, we will focus only on unrestricted free agents.
Salary cap constraints will probably limit the 49ers to only one or two of these players. Nevertheless, if the 49ers can sign even a couple of these targets, it would be a major benefit.