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Identifying Best Possible Replacements for 49ers' Impending Departures
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke still has plenty of time to play matchmaker in this young offseason. 

The March 11 deadline for free agency is rapidly approaching, with several key contributors reaching the end of their deals. A few 49ers starters of 2013 will likely be on their way out the door, which means new blood will have to step in and step up in the new season.

Given the 49ers' recent approach of building primarily through the draft and with under-the-radar free agents, this list will take as realistic an approach as possible. While the team isn't likely to enter a bidding war over top free agents, there's still room for the 49ers to make some deft maneuvers. 

Each key area of need could be attacked through free agency or the draft, so we'll look at each avenue separately while searching for an ideal fit.

As B/R's Dylan DeSimone concluded during the season, the 49ers are going to have to be creative with their cap space in 2014. Now would be just as good a time as any to find a diamond in the rough.


Note: All contract information, unless otherwise noted, according to Spotrac.com. All statistics referenced from pro-football-reference.com

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