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Morning Tailgate: Free Agency Primer

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 8, 2013 – 11:59 AM

The NFL free agency frenzy is just around the corner. Starting Friday night at 9 p.m. PT, teams can start negotiating contracts with the agents of free agent players, but no deals can be signed until 1 p.m PT on Tuesday, March 12.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the ins and outs of the free agent process in a recent post. “For the first time, the league will tiptoe into free agency by allowing teams to begin negotiating with agents of pending unrestricted free agents in advance of the official start of free agency (1 p.m. PT Tuesday),” Branch wrote. “Contracts can’t be signed until Tuesday. During the three-day negotiating period, a UFA can’t take visits or have contact with another team, other than his own.”

The 49ers would also like to invite their Faithful Fans to a Colin Kaepernick autograph signing on behalf of Gatorade later today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Danville Safeway (3496 Camino Tassajara).

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks ahead to free agency and more.

Judy Battista of the New York Times offered an NFC free agency primer.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com focused on the NFC West’s needs in free agency.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com also spotlighted the divisional needs in free agency.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com suggested the 49ers re-sign Dashon Goldson.

Sando looked at the past three years of the NFL Draft from an NFC West perspective.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee and Branch examined the 49ers’ decision to tender a one-year contract to Tramaine Brock.

49ers.com offered a story and photo gallery of an update on the Bay Area’s bid to host Super Bowl L in 2016.



Support the 49ers team photographers tonight in San Jose.

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34 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Free Agency Primer”

  1. By tanglung on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply


  2. By BryanBurn14 on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    OMG!!! PLEASE SIGN WALKER AND GOLDSON NOW! Don’t let these two awesome productive players leave SF!

  3. By Micah on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Bryanburn you are exactly correct what is going on? I can not believe that Goldson has not recieved a 5 year deal and Walker should be franchised and signed next season. I don not know what is going on

  4. By mfkram64 on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    abraham is in town..if they r looking to sign a guy like him i say go get asimeryoa from giants won super bowls and is killer rusher…seattle wants hm bad…better to steal him now….hate to say it goldson is going to be gone….teams can talk tonight midnight to agents and set up contracts make it offiacial tuesday…not over reacting but lossing a 2 time pro bowl safety is going to be hard to fill…..

  5. By mfkram64 on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    sorry umenyiroa

  6. By d23rock on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    I think the organization is just looking at how much Goldson would want in long run. He is good I give him that but if you remember how good we were in beginning of the season as near the end we gave up alot more points. I even remember our corners and safeties blowing coverages. I trust whatever they do its in best interest of our niners team. Harbaugh never let us down since he been in town.

  7. By phatalerror on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Would Kaepernick sign an Alex Smith jersey?

  8. By 11yearswithalex on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    bah the long ball killed us in season and through playoffs ….it is obvious they have figured our guys out have to get some new ones and seattle and the rams are all over us so we need to make some changes and be ready for a fight all year …we need real men that can blast through all the garbage and play smart clean football …too many penalties as well for us need to clean that up as well ….lots to do and with our talent and some adds could be a stellar season

  9. By johnks44 on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    De-fense, De-fense, De-fense !!! Free agency, De-fense, De-fense, De-fense !!! and don’t forget Special Teams !!!
    Niners Gold, can’t wait to see who makes the “53: for 2013 !!!

  10. By JLN49er on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Not to worry…things change and new blood is needed to continue being a force in the NFL. Fortunately, the Niners are in a great position when it comes to the draft. They can trade to get the pieces that are needed and/or get players that will contribute for 5 to 10 years. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens on the 12th.

  11. By johnks44 on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

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  12. By tanglung on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    GO 49ERS

  13. By mfkram64 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    well if we need new blood…it;s time to look at justin smith..everyone loves him but now that injury and his age 34 buts him as a liaablity…how much does he have left? they need a mean front 3 guys…aldon is not a every down guy…so to me they better get some d-line guys…if they don’t sign franciaos only 24 i believe they r shallow on front line….bowman,willia and brooks r the hear of this d…how much can they do to make everyone better? they rely on these guys to much…

  14. By 49erdefense2012 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    alot of my fellow 49er fans are making a bunch of noise saying sign this free agent or sign that free agent when in truth the 49ers have little to no cap room whatsoever to sign any free agents let alone retain their own free agents. any cuts or contract restructuring will be done in order to-resign our own guys. they may try to add some cheap veteran help via free agency but i wont be holding my breath,the sad truth of it is that most teams were expecting a higher cap number and we didnt get it and for the next 3-4 years the cap wont grow much at all if any.we need to look to the draft to help add talent to our roster, cyprien and hunt with our 1st 2 picks and then who knows,,,even those 2 i just metioned might be a stretch,,the one thing we know for sure is that you never can be quite sre what baalke and harbaugh are going to do,,,looking forward to the upcoming draft,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,IN BAALKE WE BELIEVE,,TO 49ER FOOTBALL WE ARE FAITHFUL,,,49ERDEFENSE 2013,,,

  15. By dave g. on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    49erdefense2012 you right. Teams that really know what they doing build through the draft. Any armchair QB can say sign this gou and that guy because they obvious and have proven. But a smart and long term approach must maintain a balanced salary throughout and find the guys BEFOR they become stars. Thats why there are guys like Baalke being depended upon to make these smart decisions. Too manyfans get caught up in emotional signings of big, household names but you must realize it comes at a cost. Anybody can spot that talent but would you rather have a guy who is on the upside for a lot less money? I know we have a lot of picks so we can package to move up for higher value or trade away for higher next year. We have a lot of options and Baalke & Harbaugh will make the best choices.

  16. By dave g. on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Thank God we did not sign Peyton last year. He costs a lot on a salary cap, he is on the downside, a choke artist in playoffs, we would have a shorter window of opportunity & its so much more rewarding to win with “our guys”. It was obvious the injury did have an affect on him as you saw his arm get tired down the stretch which costs the Broncos bigtime. By drafting smart we are much better off today than if we had Peyton salary cap wise and overall. But think about how many armchair QBs got all giddy about Peyton. It would have been the wrong move. Learn from history. It tells you a lot.

  17. By dave g. on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    The best long term sustained winning teams do it primarily on great drafting. Thats why we are where we at today. Every team has misses in drafts but we have had many more wins in drafting than most which is why we are loaded with talent today and why we winning again. But it is a balancing act that people must not forget. We can’t keep everyone and we can’t sign everyone. We can’t just outbid-its just not smart. Only desperate and teams who are amature GMs do that and their successes are usually short term then they have to rebuild and let people go. Refer to Philadelphia Eagles aka dream team.

  18. By 40niner808 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Niners should sign Goldson and keep defense intact. Let them have another year at it in the system. Our safeties and corners are fine. Promote from within. On offense side, GO GET MIKE WALLACE!!! He wants 6 mil? I bet he would take 4-5 mil to play with a Super Bowl contender. Can you imagine the best deep threat in the game to go with Crab and Manningham, the two best receiving and blocking tight ends in the league, the best running attack and Colin’s option game? How could they defend us?

  19. By 40niner808 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Build the defensive line through the draft, as well as a young kicker, and stock pile draft picks for next year. That’s my two cents.

  20. By johnks44 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    You want to win the SB, this year? Get a veteran shutdown CB and one veteran D lineman and draft for the future . . . but use, play the 1st and 2nd year guys, don’t put so much wear & tear on the starters ! Offense is great as is, so many weapons, haven’t even scratched the surface ! Niners all the way . . . let’s watch and see how Baalke & crew sort it all out . . . exciting !!!

  21. By mfkram64 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    i hear u dave g. and 49erdefense,,,my point is back when they could have signed ricky waters they choose not to…just won super bowl and let him go to phily were he rushed for 1000 ea. year there…they thought they could replace him well they never did,,, they wasted 3 years looking for a guyfloyd got hurt and finally got hearst…i know they can’t keep everyone BUT there r those guys u NEED to keep…and goldson to me is one..two time pro bowler,,,they r looking at wilson he is 33 and no were near as good as goldson…no rec. is afraid of his hitting,,that’s what goldson brings…..

  22. By mfkram64 on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    i agree to a point on draft picks…davis.iupiuti and staley r all first rd. picks…davis,crabtree first rd….kap,,2nd,,,aldon first…james and jenkins jury not out on them but see my point were r the late rd starters….draft picks r great to have but how many really r impact? to me they need to get a free agent with a chip on their shoulder…a 4 year guy who has exp. just needs the right team,,,,aka bolden for ravens that was their missing pices for flacco…i trust hargaugh and baalke they have made good moves for 2 years….so we wait and see…remember those years they brought in a wiley vet….fred dean..hacksaw…jim burt…that’s what i want to see,,,,freeny..harrison…umenyiroa

  23. By tim b on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply

    Well we defenitly need to resign goldson dont know what they are waiting on…..to get rid of a hard hitting safety like that who caused fumbles alot of incompletions, and got some picks, he is a necessity to the defence….we got rid of alex smith and that gave us over 8 mill back plus we had like 10 mill in cap room..pay that man his money!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. By SHIP on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply

    The reason why we could not sign Waters was because we ended up being one of those teams who had maxed out our cap. Eventualy we let a lot of guys go. We cannot be those teams again. We could not keep Deion Sanders as well who went to the Cowboys. Yeah we won the 1 Superbowl with that group but took until 2011 to actually be a contender again. The rebuilding was not good. I want us to be contenders every year.

  25. By mfkram64 on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply

    i hear u ship..i know it crippled the niners for years spending the money…but when talking about a top safety who knows the sysetem and is a two time pro bowler in his prime is hard to let go…he is the heart back there….but can’t over pay so wait and see…

  26. By tanglung on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply


  27. By mfkram64 on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    word out there haervin wants out of minnesota….whats niner nation think of him? word is he wasn’t hurt end of season was fighting with head coach….need to trade for him but he is a good player….returner/wr if price is right be nice fit i think

  28. By mfkram64 on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    goldson to eagles…..

  29. By gary potter on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    as an arm chair qb i would like to add my 2cents for what it is worth. 1 let goldson walk he is not that good a cover safety, 2 waive whitner we saw his shortcomings in sb, 3 restructure rogers or let him go he has lost a step and is not worth starter money. now for draft. 1st round defensive lineman, 2nd round both our draft choices on safetys, 3rd round cornerback, 4th wide receiver, rest of choices best player available. i already feel the heat i am going to get, but look back to 1981 draft when coach Walsh drafted 3 defensive backs i n 1st 4 rounds , r. lott, c. williamson , e. branch, they all became starters in 82. baalke and coach JH could do same thing. remember offense was not the problem in sb loss

  30. By bow53 on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    i really don’t wanna lose goldson, but if thats the faith then be it…harvin has an attitude…so,let pete carol (suck face ) deal w/ him…..

  31. By dave g. on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    Granted our lack of DL depth put a lot of pressure on our secondary but honestly guys or secondary has been killing us. For having a great defense and a very good front seven you must admit we gave up a lot of big plays on the backend.

  32. By dave g. on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    We just acquired Anquan Boldin for a 6th round draft pick. Welcome to the RED & GOLD!

  33. By JParker on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    We get Anquan Boldin for a 6th round pick and his 6 million dollar salary. I see this as a steal. Now all we have to do is resign a few key players and bolster our offense and defense via the draft. Oh darn, we only have 14 draft picks left. This is definitely our year.

  34. By kKAM on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Can anyone say ED REED!

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