Across the NFL landscape, organizations are self-evaluating with the free-agency period on the horizon.
The Baltimore Ravens made a splash by re-signing reigning Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120 million contract, which is the richest in league history. Organizations are also placing the franchise tag on their players, with Ryan Clady and Jairus Byrd receiving one-year tenders from their respective teams.
The San Francisco 49ers are not hard-pressed to reach that deep into their pockets this offseason, but they do have players they’d like to retain. They will contemplate several re-signings, as well as possible bargain free agents.
San Francisco is a build-through-the-draft type of team, as they typically refrain from spending large sums of money on outside free agents. The 49ers would much rather build the foundation of their team through the draft while supplementing the roster with under-the-radar FAs.
Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh will certainly explore outside opportunities—especially with all of their draft ammunition—but for the most part, they will look to re-sign their own and groom rookies.
One thing to keep in mind is that this talent-laden roster is nearly complete. San Francisco will not be major player in free agency, but expect their transaction wire to be active, nevertheless.
In the following article, I predict the San Francisco 49ers' 2013 signings in-house and in free agency.