Ranking San Francisco 49ers Free Agents Based on Importance of Return

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Ranking San Francisco 49ers Free Agents Based on Importance of Return
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anquan Boldin, Donte Whitner and Phil Dawson were three of the San Francisco 49ers' most consistent performers in 2013. And they all could become unrestricted free agents by March 11.

The 49ers would surely like to have them all back. But with only so much money to spend, the Niners could let any or all of them go. 

With tough decisions looming, I put myself in the shoes of general manager Trent Baalke. I ranked the free agents—who are listed here—based on how much the 49ers need them in 2014. 

In ranking their importance, I considered their 2013 performance, projected their future performance in the short term and predicted how hard they would be to replace. 

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