5 Underrated Free Agents San Francisco 49ers Should Target This Offseason
5 Underrated Free Agents the San Francisco 49ers Should Target This Offseason
The San Francisco 49ers have built one of the most complete teams in the league over the last few years. They draft exceptionally well, and sign free agents strategically to compliment the parts they already have in place. One of the more savvy teams around, the 49ers are likely to be in the market for undervalued, quality bargains in free agency this offseason.
They don't have too many glaring needs, just a few positions where they could use a little depth or a slight upgrade. The most obvious is probably the receiving corps, especially if they don’t bring back the inconsistent Anquan Boldin. They've been winning with defense, but if they want to get over the hump, they need to give franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick a few more weapons to work with.
On the defensive side of the ball, their biggest need is at corner. Carlos Rogers will likely be released for salary cap reasons, and what is left is a group of solid, but not great contributors. If the 49ers want to stay on the heels of their division rivals and now Super Bowl champion, Seattle Seahawks, they’re going to need upgrades in the secondary.
San Francisco has been on the verge of winning a title for a few seasons now. They’re a well-built team, but they just haven’t had enough to hoist the trophy. If they make a few strategic, cap-friendly signings that pay off on the field, they can find themselves taking the title away from their rivals to the north next winter.
5. Captain Munnerlyn
The 49ers need upgrades in the secondary, and Captain Munnerlyn could immediately step in and compete for a starting job.
4. Jacoby Ford
Jacoby Ford, the speedster wideout who spent his first three seasons in the league with the Oakland Raiders, has been a disappointment so far. What he needs is a change of scenery and a new quarterback. A quick trip across the bay could be just the thing.
3. Ryan Wendell
The 49ers may or may not be bringing back 35-year-old Jonathan Goodwin at center. Even if they do, depth at the position is an issue with Daniel Kilgore having taken only 86 snaps last season. San Francisco could get a steal with Ryan Wendell, who helped solidify an underrated New England Patriots offensive line this season.
2. Jeremy Maclin
Jeremy Maclin could end up being the best value at wide receiver this offseason. Because he lost his contract year to a knee injury, teams will likely be hesitant to give him a big deal. All that means is that whoever does sign the talented receiver will get a great bargain.