The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2013 season one game away from a return trip to the Super Bowl. General manager Trent Baalke is tasked with fortifying the roster, while also navigating a very tight salary-cap situation.
The 49ers will continue to build through the draft, as has been their strategy in the Baalke era. With five picks in the top 94 selections in the upcoming draft, Baalke and the 49ers must hit on some gems.
Even with the focus on the draft, the 49ers must not ignore the the trade route or the free-agent market.
Several players have already departed the 49ers, or will likely be signing elsewhere very soon. These include Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Donte Whitner, Mario Manningham, Jonathan Goodwin, Kassim Osgood, Anthony Dixon, Perrish Cox and Colt McCoy.
The 49ers' recent acquisitions do not offset these losses, which leaves the team very thin, especially in the defensive backfield.
The 49ers have signed or traded for six players, but that is not enough. A lot more must be done in order to rebuild the 49ers roster into one that can again challenge for a championship.
Let's take a look at the players the 49ers have acquired for the upcoming 2014 season and project their roles on the team.
All stats courtesy of pro-football-reference.com.
All contract data courtesy of spotrac.com.