Alex Smith, a 2005 first overall pick, is not going to be a member of the San Francisco 49ers anymore. If that does not signal other teams that the offseason is underway, I am not sure what will.
Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs made a hard play for the quarterback, equating to a significant step by the Niners in this new direction. They have officially entered the Colin Kaepernick era in San Francisco, and there is no turning back.
With their newfound path, Trent Baalke and this 49ers front office will be looking to build around their quarterback of the future.
And now that they possess a league-high 15 draft picks, the offseason is their oyster. They have virtually no limitations and one of the most savvy personnel departments in the NFL.
But even though they are in the driver's seat, there are plenty of pitfalls to beware of. In the following piece, we'll break down seven things the 49ers should avoid this offseason.