This mock offseason begins with a couple of premises. First, I don't think that either Scott McCloughan or Mike Singletary will be fired (or Jimmy Raye for the purpose of continuity). Second, because both will be on the hot-seat to make the playoffs, that will mean that they will spend a little money in free agency (49ers will have a lot of cap space) and perhaps be more willing to draft based on need (not usually a good thing). Third, Nate Clements will remain a corner. Finally, I don't think Mike Holmgren will be brought in, which is a good thing - has anyone actually looked at Seattle's roster?
Cuts / retirements
Jeff Ulbrich - retired
Barry Simms - despite a good performance in relief of Staley
RFA tender / Franchise tag
David Baas - hopefully someone will part with a draftpick for him
Aubreyo Franklin - getting old and I don't want to pay him too much. And there is always the concern over a one year wonder.
Either Logan Mankins (preferable) or Stephen Neal - New England can't keep both and I think Mankins may want too much money so they will be forced to let him walk. Either is familiar with a pass happy offence and are outstanding in pass protection.
Either Reggie Bush or Dominik Hixon - Bush was a highschool teammate of Alex Smith, so he may be interested in coming to SF. In addition to his return abilities, he can be quite a weapon in a "spread" offense. Hixon is a good returner and has some speed.
Trade Carolina's first and a third (hopefully from a team that wants Baas) to move up in the first. With Jake Locker declaring he will remain at Washington, there is no way Eric Berry Falls to the 49ers.
1A - Eric Berry, FS - he will immediately upgrade the secondary, and is a much better option in a win now mentality than Joe Hayden, as corners typically take a year or two to settle in.
1B - Brian Bulaga OT - this is a need pick in order to stabilize the o-line. I am not a fan of drafting for need, or an RT this high, but it makes sense here given the assumptions I listed above.
2 - Brandon Graham DE / OLB - he is better than any of the other OLB prospects. Look at his production against top competition. Meanwhile, Hughes, Miller, Norwood, etc. have not had particularly outstanding performances against top notch competition. He will join a rotation of Lawson, Harylson, and Brooks, which means they will always be fresh.
3 - traded - but if the 49ers receive compensation for Baas either in trade or rfa tender (2nd round), then I would like to see Mike Johnson G - he would provide OL depth and push Chilo.
4 - Boo Robinson NT - groom him to take over for Frankin.
5 - BPA - maybe Akwasi Owusu Ansah CB or Myron Rolle SS
6 - BPA
[ Edited by tap11 on Dec 14, 2009 at 16:48:18 ]