Coming off the heels of three consecutive playoff runs, the San Francisco 49ers will have a bit of a different look after the first wave of free agency in 2014.
The 49ers have left the big spending to other franchises but several new faces will find themselves starting in red and gold next season. That's mostly due to star players finding their way out of San Francisco for greener pastures, or at least for a contract with a little more green.
General manager Trent Baalke has the positive problem of limited cap space for an excess of talent, but there's no denying the quality of some of this year's early departures. Baalke has had to allow years of starting experience, Pro Bowls and championship rings to walk out the door, leaving the team with a few holes on the path to a title.
Still armed with a plethora of draft picks and the possibility for more signings, the 49ers have more than enough time to patch up the roster before the season begins. However, with past performance and current contingency plans in mind, some players will prove harder to replace than others.