As free agency opened Tuesday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers saw Isaac Sopoaga and Delanie Walker sign with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans respectively. However, the 49ers remained quiet during the opening hours of the 2013 free agency season. Is this behavior a trend or is it merely a wait and see tactic? The 49ers made a move Monday to bolster their receiving core by acquiring Anquan Bolden from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth round draft pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. This move, however, may not be the only move that involves both organizations this offseason. While Bolden will provide an upgrade at the receiver position, the team is still in need of additional moves to solidify their roster following their Super Bowl appearance.
Reports around the league are suggesting that if the 49ers lose Dashon Goldson—who is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—in free agency, the team may target Ravens’ safety Ed Reed as a potential replacement. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter addressed the situation earlier today when he tweeted about the possible situation facing the 49ers and Goldson.
If 49ers lose S Dashon Goldson, some around league expecting them to make push for free-agent S Ed Reed. Could be Reed and Boldin in SF.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2013
It is clear that the 49ers are committed to remaining as one of the league’s elite teams and it appears they have their sights set on returning to the Super Bowl next season. If Goldson were to leave via free agency, there would be a gigantic hole left in the 49ers’ secondary that would need to be addressed. Instead of addressing the need through the draft, the team is more likely to address the situation in free agency with stars like Reed available.
Reed has been outspoken about his future in the NFL and it doesn’t appear as if his career has many years left in it. That is why it is imperative that he finds a situation that keeps him on a contender. With the Ravens losing several key players early on in free agency, the team may look completely different next year and may struggle in their attempt to repeat as champions. Reed, likely, will not want to return to a situation that doesn’t yield a contender, which makes the possible situation with the 49ers a perfect fit. If Reed were able to join the 49ers, he would provide instant credibility and veteran leadership to a team destined to return to the Super Bowl.
The only hold up in this scenario becoming a reality is Goldson. If Goldson were to choose to return to the 49ers, Reed would have to look elsewhere. Which player would be a better fit for the 49ers next year is debatable, but either option will give the team production and stability at a position of importance. Everything will hinge on Goldson and his visit to Tampa Bay, which is not likely to be his only visit. The situation with Reed and the 49ers will be one to pay close attention to over the next few days. As of now, Reed to the 49ers looks like a match made in heaven.