Complete list of 49ers free agents

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Complete list of 49ers free agents

The season is over, but the 49ers plan to get to work quickly on some of their pending free agents.Quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Carlos Rogers both stated that they would like to have new deals with the 49ers before they hit the free-agent market in March.Here's a look at all the 49ers who are not under contract for next season:49ERS FREE AGENTS
QB Alex Smith: He wants to be back. Jim Harbaugh wants him back. League sources have told CSNBayArea.com to expect a two- or three-year contract for 8 million to 11 million annually.
S Dashon Goldson: The 49ers offered him a five-year contract last year. After he turned it down and the 49ers took the offer off the table, he returned to the 49ers on a one-year, 2 million contract. The 49ers might extend another five-year, 25 million contract. If that's not enough, they can keep him around with the franchise tag at one year, 6.2 million.
CB Carlos Rogers: He said he would like to be back with the 49ers after signing a one-year, 4.25 million contract after the lockout. But he also wants fair market value, he said. "Hopefully, I don't reach free agency," Rogers said. If Rogers makes it to free agency, he would likely get an attractive contract offer after his Pro Bowl season. "Would they (the 49ers) be able to match that? Probably not," Rogers said.
LB Ahmad Brooks: He played nearly every snap and did a fine job in run defense and with his seven sacks. He turns 28 in March and with his maturity, there would be some interest in him from teams that play 3-4 schemes.
WR Ted Ginn: He accepted a pay cut of more than 1 million prior to remain on the team. His value on special teams was evident in the NFC Championship Game, but he caught only 18 passes. It'll have to be at the right price.
OL Adam Snyder: His greatest value is his versatility. He took over for Chilo Rachal as the right guard early in the season. There's no reason the 49ers would not want him back at a reasonable contract.
WR Joshua Morgan: His rehab is coming along just fine after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture just above the ankle. He does not have a lot of market value, so a one-year deal to return to the 49ers seems logical.
LB Blake Costanzo: He fit in perfectly with Jim Harbaugh's blue-collar mindset. He'll be back. Heck, he might even pay the 49ers to return.
DB C.J. Spillman: He's an outstanding special-teams player who could get some interest around the league if it gets to that. But the 49ers will try to work out an extension before he becomes a restricted free agent.
LB Larry Grant: He stepped up when Patrick Willis was injured late in the season. He believes he proved he can be a starter. If another team believes that, too, he won't be back with the 49ers.
RG Chilo Rachal: He lost his starting job with a rough first half in the 49ers' third game of the season. His return appears unlikely.
FB Moran Norris: He was injured early in the season and lost his starting job to versatile rookie Bruce Miller. There does not appear to be room for the 11-year veteran.
S Reggie Smith: He settled into a role as the No. 3 safety and someone who would play defense in the rare occasions the 49ers went with six defensive backs. He might find a better opportunity elsewhere.
TE Justin Peelle: Signed in mid-September as the No. 3 tight end, takig over the spot held a year ago by Nate Byham, who missed this season with a knee injury. Byham should be back for next season.
LB Tavares Gooden: He found his niche on special teams, and 49ers wouldn't mind bringing him back at a close-to-minimum type deal.
S Madieu Williams: He started three of the first four games because of injuries to Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner. But he was relegated to special teams thereafter. They'll likely bring in a younger player to handle this role.
WR Brett Swain: The 49ers need to upgrade the depth at wide receiver in the offseason.
CB Tramaine Brock: The club will tender him, and he'll be back for compete for a spot next season. Exclusive rights free agents, such as Brock, can't negotiate with other teams.
DT Will Tukuafu: He spent the entire season on injured reserve with a wrist injury. Like Brock, Tukuafu is an exclusive rights free agent. He'll be back.

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Until now, Kyle Shanahan’s hiring by the San Fracisco 49ers looked great because of his two-and-a-half predecessors – the last days of Jim Harbaugh, the misplaced concept of Jim Tomsula and the couldn’t-make-chicken-marsala-out-of-old-Kleenex problems surrounding Chip Kelly.

But now, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has told us all that Shanahan has a gift we in the Bay Area know all too well. Specifically, that Shanahan took too long to call plays to the Super Bowl the Falcons vomited up to the New England Patriots.

Now who does that remind you of, over and over again?

Yes, some things are evergreen, and too many options in this overly technological age seems to be one of them. Data in is helpful, but command going out is what bells the cow. Ryan said Shanahan was, well, almost Harbaugh-tastic in his timing.

“Kyle’s play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in,” Ryan told Bleacher Report. “As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you’re talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, ‘There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.’ You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

“With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.”

And the reason this matters is because the Atlanta Shanahan had multiple good options on every play. In San Francsco, at least in the short term, he’ll be dealing with minimal options. That could speed up his choices, as in “What the hell, we don’t have Julio Jones.” But it could also mean more delays, as in, “Okay, him . . . no, maybe not . . . no, he just screwed up that play last series . . . oh, damn it, time out!”

In short, it’s growing pains season here, children. On the field, on the sidelines, and maybe even in Kyle Shanahan’s head.

49ers defense: Top training camp competitions

49ers defense: Top training camp competitions

Before starting six games as a rookie, Rashard Robinson had not played football since the 2014 season at LSU.

Yet, Robinson is the closest thing to a sure bet to win a starting job among 49ers cornerbacks.

Tramaine Brock was projected as the starting cornerback on the other side until his arrest on suspicion of a troubling domestic incident prompted the 49ers to release him more than three months ago.

The 49ers open training camp next week, and here are the top competitions for starting jobs on defense:

LEFT CORNERBACK
Keith Reaser has yet to make an NFL start while appearing in 28 games the past two seasons. The 49ers rotated cornerbacks with the first-team defense during the offseason program, and Reaser put himself in position to enter camp as the slight favorite to replace Brock.

Veterans Dontae Johnson and Will Davis will try to work their way into the picture. And the 49ers are hopeful talented rookie Ahkello Witherspoon will develop a willingness to play with more physicality. The 49ers selected Witherspoon in the third round. He has the size and all the tools to win the starting job, but there were times in college he showed an alarming lack of aggression as a tackler.

NICKELBACK
K'Waun Williams is healthy after missing last season due to an ankle injury and falling out of favor with the Cleveland Browns. Defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, one of the few holdovers from Chip Kelly’s staff, thinks highly of Williams after coaching him with the Browns. Hafley said he believes Williams can become one of the top covermen in the slot in the entire league.

Williams lined up with the first-team defense throughout the offseason program. His biggest competition could come from Will Redmond, whom the 49ers selected in the third round of the 2016 draft but did not play as a rookie due to a knee injury. Redmond has some rust to knock off, but he did not appear to show signs of the injury during the offseason program.

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END
Arik Armstead is not the prototypical player at the “Leo” position. At 6 foot 7, Armstead does not have the low center of gravity that is typically associated with that position. But Armstead is certainly not lacking for athleticism.

The 49ers need a more consistent pass rush to assist their unproven cornerbacks, and this spot will be counted upon to provide more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Veteran Elvis Dumervil, who believes he has regained his explosion off the edge after being hampered with Achilles injury, was added last month to do what he does best. Dumervil, 33, enters the season with 99 career sacks.

Aaron Lynch is on notice as he enters his fourth NFL season. He moves from outside linebacker to defensive end in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme. Multiple competitions will be ongoing at this position, as the 49ers will look to determine the best fits for base downs, as well as passing situations.

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER
The signing of free-agent Malcolm Smith raised a few eyebrows. It was just the offseason program, but Smith was as impressive as any player on the team during the non-padded practices. He is clearly comfortable in Robert Saleh’s scheme, which is based on the Seattle Seahawks’ defense.

The 49ers had Reuben Foster rated as their No. 3 prospect in the entire draft. They traded with the Seahawks to move up to select him at No. 31 overall. The 49ers seem thoroughly unconcerned with Foster’s shoulder. The club believes he will be medically cleared for the opening of training camp.

The 49ers might want to bring Foster along slowly, but it is clear they do not expect him to be a backup for very long.