49ers free agent update

Taking a look at each of the 25 unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents currently on the San Francisco roster:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

These players are free to negotiate and sign a player contract with any NFL team if they do not sign a new contract with the 49ers by March 2:

--- K Joe Nedney (proved to be most reliable player on the team, and club probably already has a deal in place with him, though he can't sign it until March. Nedney already has indicated he plans to return)

--- LB Derek Smith (probably the team's top priority to re-sign, should get some action but team believes it can afford to retain him)

--- LB Julian Peterson (team would like to keep him but at nowhere near the $15.5 million signing bonus the former regime offered prior to 2004 season, an offer that Peterson rejected)

--- LB Andre Carter (did not fit into the 3-4 scheme and has never developed into the pass rusher that he was expected to be)/p> --- LB Saleem Rasheed (always injured, never productive, the 49ers can watch him walk out the door, and probably will)

--- LB Brandon Moore (got a lot of playing time due to injuries and played well enough to perhaps draw some interest on the market)

--- FB Fred Beasley (clashed with running backs coach Bishop Harris and did not play at all in final four games despite being healthy; he is highly unlikely to be back)

--- FB Chris Hetherington (took Beasley's job and played relatively well, team should be able to retain him without much competition elsewhere, and likely will do that to have a returning veteran fullback on hand)

--- T Anthony Clement (struggled when forced to start at left tackle due to Jonas Jennings' injury, club does not need him back)

--- WR Jason McAddley (actually played relatively well when given a chance, but team will focus on a lot of upgrades at this spot)

--- TE Steve Bush (didn't add much to the picture and doesn't figure to be back)

--- DE Travis Hall (veteran was signed to fill a spot that the club would like to use next year to groom a younger player)

--- TE Terry Jones (Midseason addition led team's tight ends with nine receptions for 76 yards, but he didn't turn any heads in the process)

--- CB Kris Richard (Was picked up as reserve insurance for season's final week but only was on field for a few plays; he's unlikely to be retained)

--- S Marques Anderson (Late-season addition played sparingly in final four games but finished with no tackles and made no impact)

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

These players are free to negotiate and sign with any NFL team, but are restricted under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In order to receive right of first refusal and/or drafted choice compensation, the 49ers must tender these players a qualifying offer on or before March 2:

--- QB Ken Dorsey (49ers want him back but the team is also looking for a veteran backup to help youngster Alex Smith along)

--- WR Brandon Lloyd (one-dimensional pass-catcher probably isn't worth a first-round tender, so he could see some action because of a possible fourth-round tag the 49ers are likely to place on him)

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

These players may negotiate or sign contracts only with the 49ers, as long as San Francisco tenders the player at least a one-year contract at or above the minimum salary applicable to that player. If the 49ers do not make or withdraw the required tender by March 2, these players are free to negotiate and sign a contract with any NFL team:

--- RB/KR Maurice Hicks (valuable and versatile, he helps the team in several areas and the 49ers certainly want him back)

--- DB Mike Adams (perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the 2005 season, Adams started at both safety and cornerback and could be offered a multi-year deal)

--- WR/KR Otis Amey (Team is likely to tender him to bring him back for another year of development)

--- S Ben Emanuel (Rookie had his moments after being inserted in starting lineup in November)

--- LB Jim Maxwell (Unheralded youngster was picked up in October and made contributions on defense and special teams)

--- LB Renauld Williams (Spent four weeks on practice squad and played sparingly in two games during season's final six weeks)

-- OT Harvey Dahl (Undrafted rookie ended season on 53-man roster and might be brought back for another look)

--- B.J. Tucker (Made a few plays in spot duty as a reserve when given opportunity over final month in injury-plagued secondary)


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