As teams settle into regular training camp routines that include new and old veteran free agents now under contract, it’s time to assess. Who was the most daring, the least? Who spent too much? Who could have spent more?
One tenet of the NFL is that teams that have a core of highly paid players surrounded by 30 or 40 “other guys” do not, in general, hold up over the long haul. Income disparity inevitably leads to hurt feelings, and that can only lead to selfishness.
In the NFL, that usually means a first-string player at any position screaming daily at his agent to get a new, bigger contract because he’s not paid enough. Well, not paid enough compared to the teammate next to him who has twice the contract.
Granted, the big-name free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha and Santonio Holmes are no longer available, there are players who can have a big impact on teams, the 49ers included. With its current signings as well as more to come, here are five reasons why the San Francisco 49ers will win the offseason free agency sweepstakes.