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5 Biggest Free Agency Rumors Surrounding The San Francisco 49ers

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5 Biggest Free Agency Rumors

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agency
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The San Francisco 49ers have played in three straight NFC championship games, yet they have no Super Bowl title to their name. They were one play away from winning Super Bowl XLVII, and one play away from getting back to the Super Bowl last season. The 49ers now head into the offseason hoping to add that final piece that will help them bring the Lombardi trophy back to the Bay Area. That piece could come in the draft in May, but it is more likely to come via free agency.

San Francisco has already had an eventful offseason, with rumors circulating that the 49ers and Cleveland Browns had discussions about a trade involving head coach Jim Harbaugh going to Cleveland in exchange for draft picks. San Francisco denies those reports, and it seems that everything is good between Harbaugh and the 49ers — at least for now.

San Francisco can now switch their focus to free agency, which begins on Tuesday afternoon. The first order of business is to decide which free agents on their current roster to bring back. These free agents include Donte Whitner, Terrell Brown, Mario Manningham, Colt McCoy and Phil Dawson. San Francisco will likely let a few of them walk.

The good news for San Francisco is that they will be able to replace anyone they lose, because they are a prime destination for top free agents. Players who are looking to play for a team that is a contender will have San Francisco at the top of their wish list.

The 49ers are a great team and that means they can pick and choose which free agents they want to sign. Every move they make will be with an eye toward the Super Bowl. With that in mind, here are the five biggest free agency rumors surrounding the San Francisco 49ers.

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5. Sign Kenny Britt

Kenny Britt, Free Agent
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Kenny Britt has an abundance of talent, but off the field, he routinely makes you want to ask, “What were you thinking?” Britt has been arrested eight times in the past four years. He also has had multiple knee surgeries the last few seasons. Why would the 49ers be interested?

They might be interested because he is a WR that can stretch the field, and he will come cheap.

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4. Sign Jacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones, Free Agent
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A safer bet at WR would be Jacoby Jones. He would cost the 49ers more money, but he does not have as many off-the-field problems or injuries. Jones also brings something else to the table that Britt does not — he is one of the best kick returners in the NFL.

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3. Sign Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey, Free Agent
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Champ Bailey announced that the Denver Broncos have made the decision not to bring him back in 2014. Bailey is not the shutdown corner that he once was, but he is still talented. San Francisco could bring him in as their third cornerback and add to an already great secondary.

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2. Sign Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis, Free Agent
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If the 49ers lose Terrell Brown in free agency, they might be able to replace him with Vonta Davis. Davis is one of the best free agent CBs out there. San Francisco could have an upper hand in the recruiting process, because his brother is 49ers TE Vernon Davis.

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1. Sign Jared Allen

Jared Allen, Free Agent
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San Francisco’s biggest rival and competition in the NFC is the Seattle Seahawks, and the two teams may be in competition for one of the top free agents as well.

Jared Allen has made it clear that he would like to play for a contender in 2014. If San Francisco or Seattle can add the pass rushing DE, it will not only improve their team, but they get the added bonus of keeping him away from their rival.