5 Free Agents The San Francisco 49ers Should Target This Offseason
San Francisco 49ers Should Have These 5 Free Agents On Radar
The San Francisco 49ers have done an excellent job building their team through the draft. For example: the 49ers had a league-high five players from their roster named to the 2013 All-Pro team and all but one was drafted by San Francisco originally. That statistic is rather impressive, but it's not that big of a surprise considering the Niners have solidified themselves as one of the smartest organizations in the NFL.
With that being said, San Francisco still has a lot to focus on this offseason if it hopes to open Levi's Stadium with a bang in 2014. Thankfully, the 49ers don't have too many unrestricted free agents. However, Anquan Boldin is definitely a player that 49ers general manager Jed York will have a tough time parting with. Not only does Boldin lead the team in receptions and receiving yards, he has also emerged as a team leader in the clubhouse.
The heat is on York in terms of what he wants to do with Boldin's expiring contract, but there are quite a few free agent wide receivers that would relish at the opportunity to play alongside such a high-powered offense. Thus, the name Hakeem Nicks has been floated around quite a bit as the physical New York Giants' wide receiver could replace Boldin without the 49ers' offense skipping a beat.
Here's a quick list of five players that San Francisco must target this offseason.
The San Francisco 49ers' top cornerback in Tarell Brown is a free agent after the year, which means the franchise could be in the running for a defensive back. Thankfully, there are plenty of All-Pro defensive backs on the market, and Alterraun Verner is just one of the many.
Anquan Boldin is a free agent after the 2014 campaign. Boldin and Hakeem Nicks share plenty of things in common as both play a bruising role for the offense. Nicks would mesh well with Colin Kaepernick.
Jonathan Goodwin currently serves as the San Francisco 49ers' center, but he is also a free agent after the year. San Fran will likely say goodbye to the 35-year old Goodwin, which paves the way for California native and All-Pro center Alex Mack to play for the hometown Niners in 2014.
T.J. Ward is just as hard a hitter as current San Francisco 49ers' safety Donte Whitner. However, Ward will likely come at a cheaper cost and the 49ers would save themselves a few headaches by letting Whitner walk and having Ward take his place.
Not only is Anquan Boldin a free agent after the 2014 season, so too is San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham. Who is Colin Kaepernick going to throw to next year?! Well, signing Eric Decker would be a great start because this guy knows how to catch touchdowns and would take the top off of opposing defenses for San Francisco.
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