Grading San Francisco 49ers Offseason From Alex Smith to Nnamdi Asomugha

By Lance Cartelli
Matthew Emmons-USA Today Sports

In every aspect of the NFL there are winners and losers.  Questions like: “Who won the Supplemental Draft?”, “Who won this trade or that trade?” and “Who won the offseason?” are asked on a minute by minute basis in this 24-hour news cycle. Winning the NFL offseason is like winning on ABC’s “The Splash,” is there actually a winner? I didn’t think so.

Obviously, the ultimate goal is to take home the Lombardi Trophy and that means there are 31 losers that get to start fresh every offseason.  The San Francisco 49ers were the runner-up this past year and with the most draft picks in the NFL Draft, the 49ers have a chance to go from a disappointing Super Bowl loss to a triumphant win in 2013.  Let’s grade the 49ers offseason so far.

Notable Additions:

WR Anquan Boldin – Sixth-round pick, Baltimore Ravens.

The 49ers have long coveted Boldin since his days with the Arizona Cardinals. Throughout his career he has been a 49er killer and if you can’t beat him you might as well join them and that’s exactly what 49ers general manager Trent Baalke did when he acquired Boldin for just a sixth-round pick. He solidifies the 49ers No. 2 receiver spot and is a huge third down threat to accompany Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. Grade: A+

QB Colt McCoy – Fifth & Seventh-round pick, Cleveland Browns.

Essentially San Francisco gave up a seventh-round pick and moved back nine spots for the backup quarterback.  McCoy has starter experience and is being brought in to compete with Scott Tolzien for the No. 2 QB spot behind entrenched starter Colin Kaepernick.  In his last game against the 49ers, Colt went 22/34 for 234 yards, one touchdown, one interception and McCoy can run the Pistol Offense that will almost certainly be a huge part of the NFL next year. Grade: A-

DL Glenn Dorsey – 2 years/$6 million

After the 49ers lost Isaac Sopoaga Ricky Jean-Francois and with age creeping up on Justin Smith, the defensive line is a huge concern for the 49ers. Acquiring the versatile Dorsey at a reasonable salary is a huge addition. The 49ers will emphasize more of a rotation on the defensive line this year and Dorsey will play every spot on the line. Grade: B+

K Phil Dawson – 1 year/$2.34 million

The biggest weakness on the 49ers last year was the kicking game. David Akers battled through injuries and was arguably the worst kicker in the NFL last year. Baalke was able to sign the best free agent kicker on the market in AFC Pro Bowler Dawson and he will be a great addition to San Francisco. Grade – A+

CB Nnamdi Asomugha – 1 year/1.35 million.

Signing a corner that looked all but washed up the past two seasons may cause some concern, but with no money guaranteed it’s another low risk/high reward signing for Baalke and the 49ers.  He will compete with Carlos Rogers and Tramaine Brock for a roster spot. Grade – B+

Notable Subtractions:

QB Alex SmithKansas City Chiefs, second-round pick (34th overall).

The 49ers were never going to pay Smith the $8 million-plus he was owed this year and being able to get the second pick in the second round was a huge coup for the Niners.  They were able to deal Smith to the team of his choosing and recoup a high draft pick.  A win-win for both organizations.  Grade – A+

Dashon Goldson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Easily the biggest loss of the offseason for the 49ers.  Goldson leaves a huge hole in the secondary, but with the 49ers having two picks in the top 34 and with a deep safety class, rest assured a high pick will be used on this position. Grade: C

DL Isaac Sopoaga – Philadelphia Eagles

The 49ers rarely used a nose tackle in their defense and Sopoaga was not worth the money he wanted to resign. Grade: C

DL Ricky Jean-Francois – Indianapolis Colts 

The 49ers obviously wanted RJF back, but at a reasonable salary. He was the fourth man in the rotation on the defensive line, he added versatility and pass-rush to a team that needed it.  He got starter’s money from the Colts that he would never have received from the 49ers. Grade – C –

K David Akers (cut).

This was a no brainer.  Surprisingly, the 49ers didn’t lose in the playoffs due to him. Grade – A++


The 49ers wait for the free agent and trade market to come to them to fill holes and add depth on their roster. Since Baalke has taken over this approach has been very advantageous for the Niners and there’s no reason to think they aren’t doing a great job on filling this roster for another Super Bowl run.

Overall Grade: A-.

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