Identifying the five biggest needs—let alone five in total—for a San Francisco 49ers team that is one interception removed from its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance is a rather difficult undertaking.
The same goes for matching up said needs with specific positions when the team has already executed five significant signings.
Then again, even the most formidable championship contenders in the NFL continually add pieces.
Put another way, the 49ers can always get better. They can always get more.
Through the first week of free agency, general manager Trent Baalke re-signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson and No. 3 corner Eric Wright. He has also inked veteran safety Antoine Bethea and cornerback Chris Cook.
Rounding out the offseason moves thus far are the separate trades for backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Baalke parted with a 2014 sixth-round pick for Gabbert and a conditional seventh-rounder in 2015 for Martin.
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San Francisco remains $3.726 million under the salary cap at this point in Week 2 of the league year, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Baalke must wait until June for Carlos Rogers' $6.6 million to come off the books.
In any case, where does that leave the Red and Gold in terms of positional needs moving forward?
Boldin provides quarterback Colin Kaepernick with a physical go-to possession receiver underneath, but the 49ers offense still requires speed at that position on the outside.
While Wright and Cook bolster the secondary corps coming off the bench, this team could use another reliable corner in this pass-crazy NFL.
Dawson, for his part, was an invaluable asset that the 49ers couldn’t possibly let go.
That said, they still must bolster the special teams coverage and return units.
And, as not to be forgotten, recently extended Daniel Kilgore should step in at center in place of free agent Jonathan Goodwin. Yet bringing in additional competition isn’t a bad idea.
From an offensive playmaker to backups on defense, here are the five offseason additions that the 49ers have yet to address.