The San Francisco 49ers have yet to sign a high-priced free agent since Trent Baalke took over as general manager. Instead, they have started to follow the blueprint of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. Build through the draft and complement with a couple decent, under-the-radar signings.
Since San Francisco's heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII early last month, there has been a ton of speculation that the 49ers will go hard after a wide receiver or cornerback. A lot of this conjecture has been focused on the trade market, with Darrelle Revis and Percy Harvin coming up quite a lot.
It might be time for San Francisco to go against from the grain and acquire a top-tier free agent or two. It has holes on both sides of the ball, and there seems to be a decent number of targets at those positions of need. In addition, by trading Alex Smith and releasing David Akers, the 49ers have freed up $12 million in salary-cap space. They are also not expected to retain two-time Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson.
Let's take a look at 10 free agents, in order of importance, who would help put the 49ers over the top.