The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2014 free-agency period, knowing they have to score more touchdowns and tighten up a secondary that will be in transition. At the same time, the onus is on them to re-evaluate their own players and project what they will be next year.
This is why the weeks leading up to free agency are crucial, because this is when teams begin to reshape the rosters for the upcoming season.
It's happening behind closed doors, but it's happening nevertheless.
With the bowl games and NFL Scouting Combine in the books, the 49ers know what they want to draft and how to supplement the rest by means of the open market. They'll begin making signings, which will also include extensions and promotions of current players. And with a cunning general manager in Trent Baalke, there will also be trade opportunities.
Everything is on the table.
And there's been a good amount of buzz early on. The team has been active, and there's a very good sense of their needs, potential targets and interest with current players. It's also important to decipher misleading information that is floating around out there.
And that's what's this is—an analysis of this club's recent activity and headlines.
The "verdicts" in this piece are estimated guesses in some cases and facts in others. They are all based on how logical the move is while using this club's tendencies over the past three years as a rough formula to judge some of the choices they'll be presented with.
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All contract information courtesy of Spotrac.