COMMENTARY | It is not a secret anymore. The San Francisco 49ers have a large amount of draft picks in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft and several ways in which to use them.
The 49ers have been one of the more active teams this offseason, as far as rumored news is concerned. It has a lot to do with how the Alex Smith trade to the Kansas Chiefs ended up, leaving San Francisco with the No. 34 overall pick to go along with 14 others on April 25. It also has a lot to do with the positions that need to be filled for the 49ers, after the expected departures of safety Dashon Goldson and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, as well as the weakness at the cornerback position that became priority No. 1 for the team after Joe Flacco's performance in Super Bowl XLVII.
The 49ers will not be taking a back seat this offseason, after reaching the Super Bowl last season, and a big free agent period starting on March 12 can be fully expected.
DT Cullen Jenkins (FA)
Jenkins would have helped shoulder the load of the 49ers' pass rush that became non-existent once Justin Smith went down with injury.
The reported deal with the Giants is for three years and $8 million, and the 49ers were likely looking for something more short-term with the 32-year-old who has had back-to-back disappointing seasons.
CB Darrelle Revis (New York Jets)
The San Francisco 49ers need a shut-down cornerback, and the New York Jets are willing to part with theirs. However, there is a lot for the 49ers to consider if they want to land arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.
Revis will be owed a base salary of $3 million next season, but all indications are that he will be demanding a long-term contract for elite-player money once he hits free agency. Any team that acquires his services this offseason will likely have to agree to an extension with the 27-year-old, which could be in the ballpark of $16 million per year.
All this as Revis is coming off ACL surgery.
With the 49ers budgeting the future contracts of Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith and Michael Crabtree into their offseason plans, Revis seems like a pipe dream, but a one-year rental is a definite option if the price is right.
DE John Abraham (FA)
Abraham was reportedly scheduled to visit with the 49ers over the weekend, according to USA Today's Mike Garafolo.
The 35-year-old is not likely to get anything long-term from the 49ers, but he would add another weapon to the pass rush that struggled when Justin Smith went down with injury.
"Abraham has played end in a 4-3 defense for most of his career, though he was projected as a 3-4 linebacker before being drafted by the Jets," Garafolo wrote. "The Niners play a 3-4, so it's likely they'd want Abraham to stand up as a rusher."
Abraham made $4.4 million 2012 with the Falcons, making him a prime and affordable candidate for the 49ers' defense, unless an interested team like the Seahawks offers him a contract for more years than the 49ers are willing to offer -- much like the Giants did with Jenkins.
WR Josh Cribbs (FA)
The 49ers will need a player to fill the void left by Ted Ginn, Jr., who is currently an unrestricted free agent, after playing the role of kick returner and occasional wide receiver in San Francisco for the last three seasons.
While Percy Harvin's name has been mentioned, the 49ers have reportedly shown interest in Josh Cribbs, one of the more dynamic kick returners in the NFL. He would fit right into the creative offensive scheme offensive coordinator Greg Roman has implemented with Kaepernick under center.
There are several teams who are reportedly interested in Cribbs, so expect him to sign within the first couple days of the free agency period that begins March 12.
CB Sean Smith (FA)
RotoWorld.com is reporting there have been "rumors" of the 49ers' interest in Smith, which is hard to refute since San Francisco is in obvious search of a cornerback to help stabilize their pass coverage.
The 49ers could be linked to any available free agent cornerback at the moment, though, which is why the 49ers seem unlikely to land Smith with the several other teams' reported interest in the 25-year-old.
When it comes to available cornerbacks this offseason, the 49ers will be waiting for the perfect deal that fits their structured business plan of the future. With the amount of draft picks the team has, and the depth of this year's draft in the secondary, do not look for the 49ers to be making any drastic moves at defensive back anytime soon.
K Lawrence Tynes (FA)
With the release of David Akers last week, the 49ers are in the market for a reliable kicker after a season spent game planning around the use of Akers' faulty foot.
Tynes does not look to be returning to the New York Giants, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, which makes him a prime candidate for San Francisco to make a move on, as the kicker position is of high priority to the team right out of the free agency gate on March 12.
Scott Semmler is a senior at San Jose State University fortunate enough to have covered nearly every Bay Area professional sports team, including the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series title. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSemmler22.
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