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The 49ers have agreed on a trade to acquire wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a big-bodied target in the passing game who is also known as a strong blocker.
Their top target to retain as a free agent plays a different position but can be described in the same manner.
Tight end Delanie Walker, whose versatility as a blocker and threat as a receiver enabled the 49ers' offense to be so multi-faceted, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PT).
Walker played nearly 57 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps last season. And while he was not as productive in the passing game -- 21 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns -- he was a key component of a running attack that averaged 5.1 yards per attempt.
Fred Davis (Washington), Dustin Keller (New York Jets), Jared Cook (Tennessee) and Martellus Bennett (New York Giants) are among the other top tight ends on the free-agent market. The 49ers could have retained Walker with the franchise tag. But the club deemed the one-year, $6 million figure too high of a price.
Walker will not have an opportunity to be a starter with the 49ers. Vernon Davis is signed as the 49ers' starter through the 2015 season. Davis has a $8.7 million cap figure this season, but those numbers drop to $7.37 million in 2014 and $7 million in 2015. If another team views Walker as a starter, it will be difficult for the 49ers to retain him.
Here's a complete rundown of the 49ers' scheduled free agents:
S Dashon Goldson: He had been seeking a deal worth $8 million annually for the past two-plus years. Now that he's a two-time Pro Bowl player and coming off a season in which he earned first-team All-Pro honors, his stock has never been higher. The 49ers did not tag Goldson as their franchise player at $7.45 million, so it's obvious they will not approach the $8 million annual mark. Goldson might not get his asking price, but he is still expected to command a sizable contract. The 49ers appear prepared to lose him to the highest bidder. Reports have linked him to Detroit, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.
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NT Ricky Jean Francois: There has been some buzz about Jean Francois, who played 27 percent of the 49ers' defensive snaps last season. He is relatively young (26) and he is capable of playing every position on the defensive line. He was the backup nose tackle, and he stepped in to start the final two games of the regular season for right defensive end Justin Smith. Among the teams that have been linked to Jean Francois are Green Bay, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and New Orleans. Francois, who played college football at LSU, could take a visit to meet with the Saints shortly after the opening of free agency, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The 49ers want him back, but they appeared to brace for his departure on Monday when they signed third-string nose tackle Ian Williams to a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through the 2015 season.
NT Isaac Sopoaga: The nine-year veteran played about one-third of the 49ers' defensive snaps last season as the starting nose tackle. He was the first player who came off the field when the 49ers went with extra defensive backs. Sopoaga's previous deal averaged $4 million a year. The 49ers are not expected to retain him for that kind of money this time. The market will dictate if Sopoaga returns to the 49ers in 2013.
WR Randy Moss: In mid-January, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, "I, for one, definitely want Randy to come back." Moss is not coming back to the 49ers. On March 3, Moss indicated on Twitter that he would not be returning after reports began to surface that the 49ers were going to move on without him. "Wished we could've finished the job!!thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers," Moss wrote on Twitter. The 49ers' acquisition of Boldin appears to slam the door shut on a possible Moss return to the 49ers.
WR Ted Ginn: The 49ers have not placed a high priority on re-signing Ginn, CSNBayArea.com reported recently. Ginn shopped his services around the league a year ago and returned to the 49ers on a one-year contract. Ginn has proven to be a reliable return man for the 49ers during his three seasons with the club. But he has not brought much to the table as a receiver with just 33 receptions for 384 yards in three seasons. Right now, the 49ers have Kyle Williams, Perrish Cox and LaMichael James as options to return punts. It's already been a productive offseason for Ginn, who left March 2 for Uganda on a mission trip with Pros for Africa. He and NaVorro Bowman joined a group to provide hearing aids for children in need.
LB Larry Grant: He wants to be a starter, but that is not going to happen with the 49ers with All-Pro inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman signed to long-term deals. He played just 21 snaps of defense last season, so it might be difficult for him to find an opportunity elsewhere.
LB Tavares Gooden: He has been one of the team's core special-teams players the past two seasons. There is probably no hurry to get anything done. The 49ers already have a young player, Michael Wilhoite, a backup inside linebacker who was a big contributor on special teams.
OL Leonard Davis: There does not appear to be a place for Davis, who turns 35 in September. The 49ers have some promising young players who appear capable of stepping into primary backup roles, including Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney, as well as practice-squad players Al Netter and Kenny Wiggins.
LB Clark Haggans: He was signed after Parys Haralson's season-ending triceps injury. Even then, the veteran rarely got on the field behind Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks. Haralson remains under contract, and the 49ers have 2012 draft picks Cam Johnson and Darius Fleming who return. Fleming, a fifth-round draft pick, missed his rookie season with an ACL tear from his rookie minicamp. He should be full strength for the offseason program.
CB Tramaine Brock (RFA): The 49ers tendered the three-year veteran as a restricted free agent at $1.323 million for this season. The 49ers have the right to match any offer sheet that Brock might sign with another team.
S Darcel McBath: He is an unrestricted free agent after the 49ers declined to submit a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent. He is free to sign with any team, and he would not be subject to the compensatory formula. McBath was the team's most-used player on special teams. The 49ers are expected to address the safety position in the draft, so his spot could be taken by a younger player.