Happy Valentine’s Day to all the 49ers Faithful. Flowers and chocolate, not football headlines, will dominate everyone’s attention on Thursday, but that’s not such a bad thing.
With the San Francisco 49ers in week two of Jim Harbaugh-ordered rest and relaxation following the 2012 season, things will soon pick up in terms of offseason movement. The new league year begins officially on March 12 which means the 49ers will have 12 unrestricted free agents and two restricted free agents from the team’s most recent Super Bowl roster available for 31 other teams.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared the complete list of pending NFL free agents with San Francisco’s free agents headlined by Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson and versatile tight end Delanie Walker.
If the team is unable to retain its free agents or find replacements through NFL free agency, the 49ers hold 14 draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, including four selections in the top 95.
San Francisco will also get a better sense of the potential of the incoming rookie draft class when the NFL Scouting Combine begins on Feb. 23.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com believes Walker will leave in free agency and that Stanford tight end Zach Ertz makes the most sense with San Francisco’s first-round selection (No. 31 overall).
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted that 49ers personnel director Tom Gamble has taken a position closer to home to be with the Philadelphia Eagles front office.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock previewed the upcoming combine in a recent appearance on Rich Eisen’s podcast.
ESPN.com offers a full list of 2013 combine invites.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com previewed one of the deepest positions in the draft, interior defensive linemen.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com previewed this year’s draft hopeful running backs.
Peter Damilatis of ProFootballFocus.com examined the most likely players to be franchise tagged this offseason.
Alex Espinoza of 49ers.com shared Aldon Smith’s comments on greater expectations for 2013.
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Tags: Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker, Jim Harbaugh
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