The San Francisco 49ers have several crucial personnel decisions to make as they embark on rebuilding their roster for the 2014 season.
The 49ers will benefit from a $10 million increase in the 2014 salary cap, giving them a little more money to work with. All teams benefit, but for 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, this extra money is extremely important.
Going from a position where he had very little room to maneuver, the additional $10 million gives Baalke and the 49ers some much-needed flexibility.
The 49ers locked up one of their own free-agent targets by signing Anquan Boldin to a two-year, $12-million contract.
They have tough contract decisions to make on several key players, including Donte Whitner, Tarell Brown, and Phil Dawson. They also must address potential extensions for Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati.
At this point, it appears that veterans Jonathan Goodwin and Carlos Rogers have played their final game in a 49er uniform.
Although money still is tight and the 49ers will look to build through the draft, they will look outside the organization for cost-effective options to bolster their roster.
The key areas that Baalke will need to fortify are cornerback, strong safety and wide receiver. Let's take a closer look at who might be available and potentially in the 49ers' price range.
All stats courtesy of pro-football-reference.com.
All contract data courtesy of spotrac.com.