Once the NFL playoffs are finished, the free agency discussion will start to heat up. With all teams looking for the next best fit for their team for a Super Bowl run, finding the right players for the right team will be a challenging task for all organizations.
For the 49ers, the team could upgrade at nearly every position. Thanks to Josh Lobdell of the Sports Business Examiner, he has provided a list of this year’s free agency class.
We’re going to take a look at the quarterbacks and see if any of these players could fit well with the 49ers.
St. Louis Rams
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
Kanas Cith Chiefs
Brian St. Pierre
San Diego Chargers
Looking at this list, the 49ers might pursue a veteran. Last season, the 49ers signed Damon Huard to the team only to release him before the season began. With no true veteran quarterback on the team, do the 49ers try to get one on the team?
Head coach Mike Singletary said that quarterback Alex Smith is the quarterback right now, but he didn’t say that signing another quarterback would be out of the question.
In my opinion, the 49ers are probably looking for a quarterback that more than likely will not demand a starting role, yet has enough NFL experience to help out with the quarterback situation. Mark Brunell, Daunte Culpepper, Jon Kitna and Chris Redman might be the best fits for that situation. Despite the age of these players, I think they could serve best as mentors for Smith and the rest of the quarterback staff.
Not mentioned on this list is Jeff Garcia, who last played with the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. As he would be a great veteran presence for the team, he is out of the question. When the Raiders had the chance to sign Garcia last season, Singletary opted not to because he felt that Shaun Hill provided the same abilities at quarterback.
I honestly don’t believe that the 49ers will look for a starting quarterback in the free agent market. Players like Jake Delhomme and Chad Pennington could be seeking not only a starting role, but a contract that tells them there is a full commitment to them.
A veteran might make the most sense for the team. The organization doesn’t look like they are willing to add more clutter to a quarterback situation like they did last year. I think Smith is going to start the 2010 season and everyone else will be there as the supporting cast.
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