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Recent 49ers Free Agency Additions

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 13, 2013 – 3:49 PM

The 49ers roster features many homegrown players that have been drafted and developed by the respected front office staff led by general manager Trent Baalke. But San Francisco also features some top-notch free agents which have shaped it into a Super Bowl contender.

As the 2013 free agency period gets off to its frenzied start, 49ers.com takes a look back at some of the biggest impact free agents signed by the franchise in recent history. View a photo gallery of recent 49ers free agent additions and vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post.

Defensive tackle Justin Smith signed with the 49ers before the 2008 season and has earned Pro Bowl invites in the past four seasons, including All-Pro honors in 2011 and 2012. Cornerback Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner inked deals with San Francisco in time for the 2011 season, helping turn the secondary into one of the league’s most feared groups. Also a part of the 2011 free agent class was experienced center Jonathan Goodwin, who has become a quiet locker room leader in his two seasons with the team. Rounding out the group is receiver Mario Manningham, who signed with the 49ers before the 2012 season but suffered a season-ending injury in Week 12.

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27 Responses to “Recent 49ers Free Agency Additions”

  1. By Mark on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Worst question ever

  2. By Dennis Ly on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Why did we let Goldson go??? that is the reason teams wouldn’t throw down the middle!!!

  3. By heavy v on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    About Goldson–maybe they know something we don’t.

  4. By tanglung on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply


  5. By William on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    We didnt sign Goldson because we dont have $41 million to throw away like TB

  6. By gperrigo on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Goldson wanted a huge contract and we weren’t willing to give it to him and he wouldn’t take a pay cut to keep us under salary cap even though we are a super bowl contender he wanted the cash and signed with the Bucs

  7. By mike on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    they watched the superbowl and saw he is garbage and the bucs wanted to overpay him.

  8. By mercurial on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Goldson’s salary expectations would limit maneuvers that the team can make in free agency to shore up question areas. The salary cap issue is huge when deciding to retain players, no matter how good we s fans think they are.

  9. By Ladybug on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Ya gotta remember, folks….the 49er front office see the whole picture…they have info we don’t…and they can put the puzzle pieces together. We don’t get that inside info….hang tight…and trust.

  10. By b en hernandez on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    We seem to be develping players for all of the other 31 teams!!lol

  11. By Joe Ramirez Sr on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    All Goldson did for us was kill us in important situation with those STUPID 15 yd penalties!!! We can do without this!!!

  12. By Big Rob on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    We got punked through the whole playoffs and superbowl with teams airing it out Goldson didnt play well when it counted or else we would of shut out games and won by more

  13. By Chris on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Anybody who answered anything but Justin Smith hasn’t watched a minute of 49ers football. As for Goldson, he’s over-priced at 8mil plus per year. He’s replaceable by a team-oriented player at a lesser price tag with better ball skills. With Whitner and Goldson we had 2 strong safeties on the field and they were exposed all throughout the playoffs and even in the last couple weeks of the season.

  14. By bruce on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    we need a Ed Reed or Woodson type free safety, a playmaker, a ball hawk

  15. By tommy m on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    very dissapointed losing Goldson for only 22 million guaranteed over 5 years which you couldve cut him after 3 if he wasnt playin up to his potential. coming after 2 pro bowl years and whitner and our corner really struggling you CANNOT lose your best guy back there and not get a big physical cover corner (like seattle) or and ed reed type ball hawk cover guy. you cant replace goldson with an aging CHARLES WOODSON!! PLEASE!! hes past his prime injury prone and slow, MAJOR DROP OFF. need another slot guy in the draft and now a corner and hopefully a ROOKIE safety that can step right in or we better score ALOT OF points cause were going to be leeting up alot on the back end with no speed or height or ball hawks.

  16. By John on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Anyone that votes for any player other than Justin Smith is unqualified to vote. Period!

  17. By Steve on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I thought Justin first but then decided our O-line became the envy of the league in the last 2 years for a reason… Remember how terrible they were not so long ago? I do. It was painful! Alex Smith remembers, I guarantee that. So I voted for our Center Jonathon Goodwin. I love J. Smith, no doubt. But Jonathon Goodwin deserves some props too for quietly getting it done! My $0.02…

  18. By JJ on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Weak poll and even worse voting. Goodwin is easily the most important player on this list. He makes all the line and allow our offense to strive. We have had him for 2 years and we went to NFC Championship and the Superbowl with him at center. Before he came here he was the center for Drew Brees and the Superbowl Champion Saints! This guy is the truth…

  19. By John on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    They are bringing in woodsen from Green Bay

  20. By John on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Possably Pollard from the Ravens. He is a very hard hitter.

  21. By Hermie on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    The poll really depends on how you define “recent” I would not necessarily call Justin a “recent” free agent signing. I know this seems like a cop-out, but you have to go with Justin on the defensive side of the ball and Goodwin on the offensive side. I think Goodwin made more of an immediate impact, but we see what Justin has brought to the defense for the last few years!!!

  22. By JParker on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I like Goldson, but not enough to spend 8 million a year to keep him, especially after all the mistakes he had been making.

  23. By Jeremy on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    The reason why we love goldson is because he’s a hard hitter.mbut that gave him so many penelties like late hits and unnecessary roughness, he was great just not worth the money or risk

  24. By James on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah… I too voted for Justin Smith, cause he’s the anchor of that line… without him Aldon wouldn’t have nearly as much sacks as he had the last two seasons. As for Goldson… I loved his Ronnie Lott mentality as far as hitting goes, but he did leave open alot of wideout that shouldn’t have been left open… the way I see it is if we play our cards right and draft as good as we have been the past two years (besides the wideout A.J. from last years first round) we should be able to pick up a valuable replacement for Goldson.

  25. By Thomas on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    I love what we’re doing, others might not agree…but trust me, as a coach myself doing what is right for the team is key. You have to put pieces to the puzzle and connect the dots, that’s exactly what the 49ers front office is doing. I can’t be more proud of what are team has accomplished in the last couple of years. I believe in Coach Harbaugh and I believe he knows what’s best for the team.

  26. By C DIAZ 2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I do trust in Harbaugh BUT Seattle is picking up MONSTERS! Never had to cross my Ni9er fingers until this now? Come on Ni9ers!

  27. By Javon Alston on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Well, now that free agency has started let’s get to dominance. We lost Walker. I love him, he’s a backyard player that brings energy to special teams and is a better than decent backup TE. Goldson; love him too. And though he can hit like a LB and makes plays all over the field he could never seem to get that thing right about letting people get behind him. No disrespect but we have a ‘big play’ problem which can be blamed on the pas-rush, the corners and the play caller at times. We don’t truly have a ‘step on your neck and keep you down’ mentality. This year; let’s take it personal; we’ve been Vegas’d for 2 straight Superbowls!

    THE FIX! We truly have a solid core on offense and defense. What we need on defense is backup specialist, not backup fill-ins. Our starters (w/the exception of a FS) get it done, but we need pas-rushers that just want to get in and go after it on 3rd downs and long 2nds. We need two disruptive under the radar DT’s (trade for Terrance Cody and/or draft Jesse Williams (DT). Dorsey and Brooks will work great together opposite side of the Smith brothers on 3rd and longs. But we can get creative on our 4-5 down linemen packages and stay the hell away from the prevent defense. Our offense is stellar. I feel that one of the best QB’s in the draft is Tyler Wilson. We can go after athletes in the draft such as Denard Robinson (WR) Collin Klein (QB). As far as Walker’s replacements try F.Davis or J.Shockey or look to the draft: Chris Gragg (TE) or Michael Williams (TE).

    DRAFT! Trade up to get Dee Milliner +/or Jarvis Jones. If we cannot without buckling the team, we could draft extremely smart. Trade our two 5th round pics and 7th round pics for 5’s to acquire pics with better worth that we can either trade during preseason, develop for the future, or push starters to play harder. STEALS: Nico Johnson (ILB), Tyrann Mathieu (CB/R); Barrett Jones (OG); Robert Woods (WR); Marcus Lattimore (RB); Onterio McCalebb (RB); Alec Ogletree (ILB); Jamar Taylor (CB); D.J. Hayden (CB); Montae Ball (RB)…

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