Ranking the 2014 Impact of San Francisco 49ers' Free-Agent Signings so Far

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Ranking the 2014 Impact of San Francisco 49ers' Free-Agent Signings so Far
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Bringing back wide receiver Anquan Boldin was one of the 49ers' top offseason priorities.

The San Francisco 49ers are not a team typically known for making big splashes in free agency.  In addition, they have shown perfect willingness to let high-profile free agents on their own roster depart in consideration of cap space and future moves.

In some ways, general manager Trent Baalke and the 49ers' front office have once again reflected this same approach.  

San Francisco has retained a few of their pending free agents, which shall carry over into the 2014 season.  

The team has also brought in some free agents, hoping to bolster an already talent-laden roster before the 2014 NFL draft.

Baalke signed four unrestricted free agents per the team's transaction page on CBS Sports.  In addition, San Francisco retained one exclusive rights free agent along with a pending free agent—Anquan Boldin—for the upcoming season.

In this slideshow, we shall evaluate each one of the 49ers' offseason additions via free agency.  We shall take a look at the specific needs filled and try to predict the role and impact that each player will hopefully fill in 2014.

The players on this slideshow shall be ordered from least projected impact to the most, based on numbers from their 2013 campaigns combined with the likely role assumed for the upcoming NFL season.

Again, we keep in mind that the 49ers are not a team that often dips into free agency to build its own roster.  As a result, some of these signings are not necessarily huge in terms of overall impact, but they are potentially key additions as needed.

Let's take a look.

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