Signed through 2010
QB Alex Smith: This season will play out. And, then, the 49ers must decide if they believe the franchise is better-served moving forward with or without him. It's pretty clear that Smith will receive the benefit of the doubt. He's the kind of guy the 49ers want to retain. He's a captain for the first time. And he doesn't want to go anywhere else.
NT Aubrayo Franklin: He signed his one-year tender as the team's franchise player two weeks ago. The franchise tag remains an option for next season, too, if he has a good season. (And the tag remains part of the next collective bargaining agreement.)
OLB Manny Lawson: The sides never came close to working out a long-term extension this offseason. Lawson's side is looking for something along the lines of what Calvin Pace received from the Jets (six years, $42 million with $22 million guaranteed). At 26, his price will go up if he has a good season.
S Dashon Goldson: He's looking for big money, too. There might not be as much urgency with him because the fourth-year player could be a restricted free agent with the next collective bargaining agreement.
LB Takeo Spikes: He is entering his 13th season. He wants to play 15 years in the league. It all depends on what role the 49ers envision for him -- and what he envisions for himself -- after this season.
S Michael Lewis: He accepted a dramatic pay reduction in exchange for the 49ers tearing up the final two years of his deal. The 49ers kept five safeties on the roster, so there would not appear to be much room for Lewis in the future.
C/G David Baas: After one week of camp, he was a backup guard. Now, he heads into the season as the starting center. One 49ers source told CSN Bay Area that if Baas plays well, he has a chance to hang onto the starting job even after Eric Heitmann returns from his broken fibula.
DL Ray McDonald: He has a vital role as an inside pass-rusher in the 49ers' nickel defense. His stock could be on the rise with a good season.
RB Brian Westbrook: The nine-year pro was picked up after Glen Coffee's sudden retirement. It remains to be seen if he can stay healthy and whether he'll find a way to contribute behind Frank Gore.
OLB Travis LaBoy: He'll be in a three-man rotation as a pass rusher to begin the season. After Ahmad Brooks returns, he'll be in a fight to get on the field.
OT Barry Sims: The veteran is nothing more than an insurance policy at this point. He is slated to be inactive on Sunday.
Signed through 2011
RB Frank Gore, WR Josh Morgan, RG Chilo Rachal, C Eric Heitmann, LB Ahmad Brooks, K Joe Nedney, FB Moran Norris, S Reggie Smith, OL Adam Snyder.