The San Francisco 49ers haven’t quite been the superstar of free agency’s first week, but that’s not to say that all has been quiet on the western front.
With key contributors coming and going, there’s been a flurry of action surrounding general manager Trent Baalke at 49ers HQ. As the team prepares for a run at a fourth consecutive NFC Championship Game, some familiar faces will no longer be a part of the fold.
Now that the initial wave of signings has died down, it’s as good a time as any to break down the early moves of the NFL’s new year. Taking both the talent of the players and the financial implications into consideration, we’ll break out the red pen for some old-school letter grades.
Signings, trades and walking papers have all been a part of the picture, and no one can say that Baalke hasn’t earned his paycheck this week. Whether the effort translates to the field has yet to be seen, but it’s never too early for a first impression.