If you're a fan of the NFL, Christmas really does come twice a year.
Free agency has now begun, so consider this your final destination for all things 49ers. As things happen, we will be keeping you up to date on all the latest rumors, reports, additions and subtractions. Not to mention we will be grading every transaction along the way.
San Francisco's cap number currently sits at $120,480,817, according to Over the Cap. Yet that number will come down significantly after the Alex Smith trade is made official today at 4 p.m. ET.
Pro Football Talk believes Ed Reed to San Fran is not happening. A source close to Pro Football Talk said it was a smokescreen to generate interest for Reed.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Titans are trying to setup an agreement in principle with Delanie Walker.
Based on Josina Anderson's Twitter account, Charles Woodson is scheduled to visit the 49ers Wednesday.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted that LaRon Landry is scheduled to fly to San Francisco tonight.
Pro Football Talk believes Nnamdi Asomugha has four potential landing spots. One of those four spots is San Francisco.
Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted out Wednesday night that Louis Delmas is scheduled to visit San Francisco on Thursday.
Akbar Gbajabiamila of NFL.com believes that both Charles Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha are in serious talks with the 49ers.
WR Anquan Boldin: The trade was agreed to yesterday and will go through as soon as soon as Boldin passes his physical. San Francisco reportedly surrendered a sixth-round pick in exchange for his services.
DT Glenn Dorsey: Signed former Chiefs defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey to a two-year deal. The two-year deal is worth $6 million with a $2.285 million signing bonus.
LB Dan Skuta: Signed special-teams ace Dan Skuta to a two-year deal. No word on the financials at this point.
S Craig Dahl: Signed former Rams safety Craig Dahl to a three-year deal. The total value of the contract is $5 million. Dahl received $800,000 as a signing bonus.
K Phil Dawson: Signed 38-year-old kicker Phil Dawson to a one-year deal. The base salary on the deal is $1.25 million, and the signing bonus is worth another $1 million.
WR Marlon Moore: Signed former Dolphins wide receiver Marlon Moore to a one-year deal. It's reported that his deal is worth $630,000.
S Darcel McBath: Re-signed safety Darcel McBath to a one-year deal. No word on the financials at this point.
QB Alex Smith: San Francisco makes it official, the 49ers traded Alex Smith away for two draft picks.
TE Delanie Walker: According to Adam Schefter, Delanie Walker has agreed in principle to a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.
NT Isaac Sopoaga: Per Adam Caplan, Isaac Sopoaga has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles. San Francisco was hoping to re-sign him for depth purposes.
DT Ricky Jean Francois: Matt Barrows tweeted a short time a go that Ricky Jean Francois has signed a four-year deal with the Colts. The deal is worth a reported $22 million total.
With the departure of Isaac Sopoaga, and the potential departure of Ricky Jean-Francois, the 49ers needed some help on the defensive line in a big way. On Wednesday they got that help as they signed (via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle) former first-round pick Glenn Dorsey.
Dorsey hasn't quite lived up to his lofty draft status since entering the league in 2008. For his career he only registered 159 tackles, four quarterback sacks and one forced fumble. Yet many felt he often played out of position in Kansas City and wasn't given a fair shake.
I fully expect 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to guide Dorsey along and find the right spot for him amongst the rotation. He has the potential to play all three spots along the defensive line and could easily be effective as a pass rushing nose tackle in certain situations.
I give this move an overall grade of a B- because of the scheme fit. Yet I believe San Francisco could have gotten him for less money by waiting a little bit longer. It's not like the demand for Dorsey was through the roof.
San Francisco was wise in not overpaying for Dashon Goldson's services. He's a good player who makes great plays at times, but he is also a good player who makes some pretty foolish decisions as well. Which is exactly why Pro Football Focus had him as the NFL's 20th best safety at the end of the regular season in 2012.
Yet the 49ers immediate replacement for Goldson won't do the organization any favors either. He was PFF's 78th rated safety while playing for the St. Louis Rams. Based on their ranking systems, he is below average against the run, below average in coverage and had 16 missed tackles last season.
However, he is very good on special teams and has a high football IQ. In my opinion he would be a good backup, reserve type in San Francisco. But his contractual number with the Niners, leads people to believe he will be the starter for at least one season.
He signed a three-year, $5.2 million deal. A pretty penny for a guy who often killed St. Louis' defense on the back end. My instant grade on this move is a C-minus. He just has no value whatsoever as a starter.