Now that we have basically filled out our staff, its time to start looking at possible FAs.
Here are some guys I'd love to add. Its not a long list but I think these guys could really help our team as we rebuild. Really only position I would "break the bank" is at Safety. Id do everything possible to add Byrd or Goldson if they are not Franchised. Would not want us going after the really big name guys at the premium positions.... at this point in time. Maybe next year.
* Alex Smith - Only if he becomes a FA. I wouldnt risk too much on him, as in picks or money. Would be a show me deal as a fa only. No trade.
* Dennis Dixon - Strictly as a backup. Knows Kellys system and what he wants from his players.
* Jermichael Finley (25) If released. The guy has some issues but he is also a straight stud if used properly. Similar to Vernon Davis. Although I think he is less of head case than Davis. Can be center piece of an Offense.
* Martellus Bennett (25) or Jared Cook (25) - Athletic big men more suited to Kellys Offensive style. Celek is just too damn slow and drops way too many passes. Id send Celek packing the minute we signed any of these 3 guys.
* Jarius Byrd (26) or Dashon Goldson (28). We need an elite veteran Safety in the worst way. Problem is both may be franchised. Cant hurt to try. Nate the Great gets cut 5 minutes later.
* Josh Cribbs (29) - Yes, he is older but the dude is a tremendous return man. Its been a long time since we have had a great one. Wouldnt give him a huge deal but a 3 year deal at reasonable money would be a great get imo. Think Chip Kelly wouldnt find a way to also use him on Offense? I bet he would. No injury history to speak of is a major plus for a guy at his age. Pat Shurmur being on our staff only makes the possibility even greater imo.
* Tedd Ginn (27) - Another stud KR/PR who should be available. Younger and faster than Cribbs but less of a threat on KRs and has a bit of an injury history. Still would be a very good signing. Our ST coach (Dave Fipp) has exp with Ginn, while he was with SF (2008-2010). If we do sign either of these guys, Id cut/trade Avant immediately there after. Top 4 would be DJacc, Maclin, Cooper & Cribbs or Ginn.
* Reggie Hodges (31) - Cleveland connection. One of the better punters in the league. We need one.
For everything else...I look to the draft.