In the wake of their recent loss in Super Bowl XLVII, the 49ers were touted by many analysts, columnists, coaches and fans to be in great shape to contend for a championship for years to come.
San Francisco has plenty to look forward to. The core of the team is young and willl benefit from experience gained from two back-to-back trips deep into the playoffs. Star quarterback Colin Kaepernick has transformed the offense into a dynamic play-making force, while the defense should remain atop the NFL.
During the last 49ers dynasty during the 1980s, it would have been possible to keep such a team together for years. In the age before salary caps, San Francisco was able to build a dynasty few other franchises have been able to emulate.
Now, however, the 49ers' situation is much more complex.
San Francisco has been forced to recognize how free agency, large contracts and the salary cap have influenced decisions atop the organization. These factors have forced the 49ers to make critical decisions regarding players who were on their 2012 roster as well as examine others who possibly could be brought in to bolster areas of need.
Then of course, there is the NFL draft. After the trading of quarterback Alex Smith, the 49ers have 15 picks in the upcoming draft, one of which was traded away to bring in veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Fourteen picks remain and San Francisco has multiple options regarding their use.
Departures, such as Smith, safety Dashon Goldson and tight end Delanie Walker have residual effects on San Francisco's approach to free agency and will also affect what the team does in the upcoming NFL draft.
Here are 10 offseason moves that will affect the 49ers' approach in the upcoming draft.