Mike Singletary is that you???
Given that QB is the single most important position in sports I'm not sure handing the reigns over to an unproven rookie is in the Niners best interst. Alex will sign a moderate contract with some upside incentives. As far as QBs go he's not going to break the bank. This isn't a knock on Alex but he's not going to start anywhere but the Niners and that is because it is well known he needs at least a year in a system to get comfortable. He isn't going to leave SF for back up money elsewhere. Signing Alex and keeping the O together is just as critical as the D. Besides, going out and signing a FA QB would cost a LOT more money than keeping Alex.
Keeping Dashon and CR together might be impossible but of the 2 I'd rather keep Dashon than to pay elite CB money to anybody. DG should be a 6 to 6.5 mil a year contract while Rogers could be 9 to 10. Keeping Brooks shouldn't be too hard and upping Justin Smith at this point in his career (year 12) should be doable. The rest of our starters - Morgan, Snyder Ginn, etc should all be reasonable deals as well. No elite money there.
For FAs I wouldn't go near Hillis! Especially at his price tag! Between Gore and Hillis younwould have 8+ million in RB contracts! That salary cap hell. Gore has a few more good years and Hunter looks promising. What we need to spend some elite money on is a WR. Marques Colston would fit in very nice. bowe would also be a great addition but I'm not sure he would fit in with the team first concept. The one thing we've lacked over the past 3 years is a vet WR who can teach guys like Crabtree the nuances of playing the position. Eli Manning throws guys open because his WR can be thrown open. Crabtree lacks that skill set right now. Getting Colston gives us a legit #1 who's been there and done that.
We can pick up another interior lineman or 2 in the draft (3rd round for G/C is fine) a WR and a CB as well. I think we're about $40mil under the cap maybe a bit more. Shouldnt be impossible to keep the core intact for a few more years.