The San Francisco 49ers came within five yards of defeating the Baltimore Ravens and winning Super Bowl XLVII. The 49ers are one of the best teams in the NFL and a looking to bolster their roster for another championship run.
On the defensive side of the ball, linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois have both departed. Sopoaga is now an Eagle and Jean-Francois has moved to the Colts.
GM Trent Baalke has made several moves to build the 49ers' roster. He has brought in defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, who will minimize the loss of Sopoaga and Jean-Francois.
In addition to Dorsey, the 49ers just signed safety free agent Craig Dahl, who will compete for the starting safety job. Dahl is also a solid special teams player. His signing also weakens a division rival, St. Louis.
The addition of free-agent linebacker Dan Skuta provides depth and also a top special teams performer.
Baalke also pulled off two trades that will help the 49ers. First, he traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs for a second-round draft selection this year. The 49ers also received a conditional pick for 2014, which could be as high as another Round 2 selection.
The next move will strengthen the 49ers at the wide receiver position. Baalke acquired veteran receiver Anquan Boldin from the Ravens in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin will become the 49ers' No. 2 receiver and step into a starting role, opposite Michael Crabtree.
The whirlwind of the first few days of free agency has calmed somewhat. However, there are still several players on the market who the 49ers have either expressed interest in or would be a good fit in San Francisco.
Let's take a closer look at the top five of these remaining free agents.