Not so long ago, the San Francisco 49ers solidified their legendary history with help from some illustrious free-agent acquisitions.
The team that now prides itself so deeply on building sustainable championship contenders through the draft actually won its last Super Bowl with major contributions from offseason additions.
Well, at least on the defensive side of the ball.
Sorry, Steve—you came around before this whole free-agency thing.
The likes of 1994 champion linebackers Ken Norton Jr. and Gary Plummer find themselves alongside players who signed with the 49ers before and after their arrival.
And these signees originate from offense, defense and special teams.
Here now are the 10 best free-agent acquisitions in 49ers history.
Note: On April 1, 1989, the NFL created “Plan B,” or the precursor to the modern form of free agency. The model that exists in the league today began in 1993. All entries on this list signed with San Francisco on or after that original date. Any player drafted or inked pre-1989 did not qualify for this top 10.