The San Francisco 49ers' Blue Print for Winning Free Agency

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The San Francisco 49ers' Blue Print for Winning Free Agency
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Despite the copious amount of press during free agency, Super Bowl teams are not built in March. In fact, teams habitually set themselves back with overly aggressive philosophies in the marketplace.

More often than not, slow and steady wins the race.

Fortunately, the San Francisco 49ers advocate a confident, yet anticlimactic approach to free agency. The front office, led by Trent Baalke, will evaluate every player at every position.

However, they set precise values and remain stern in negotiations.

Theirs is a methodical approach where outcast bargains and low-risk, high-reward opportunities reign supreme. But this year differs from prior offseasons, as the 49ers have never been in such a commanding position.

On Tuesday, March 12, the trade of Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs can be finalized. This past week, beleaguered kicker David Akers was also released by the organization. 

These two moves created more than $12 million in cap relief for San Francisco. And once the trade is complete, and compensatory picks are allocated, the 49ers will have a prevailing 15 selections in April. 

With cap space and seemingly unlimited draft capital, the Niners have a world of opportunities. But once again, they must beware of the temptations of free agency and operate without outside influence.

A risk-free, supplemental direction in free agency is the best course of action for the 49ers. For a guide on San Francisco’s keys to winning the FA period, continue through the following slides. 

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