We replaced our troubled kicker, that's a plus. McCoy may not be better than Smith, but I think he's a good back-up and probably a better fit. Boldin is a HUGE upgrade over Moss. Delani Walker is a big loss, but I expect them to be able to add someone comparable between rounds 3 to 5. The offensive line shouldn't be worse. If they're comfortable with Kilgore eventually taking over for Goodwin, I wouldn't expect them draft interior line - they do, after all, have Looney returning from injury. The might invest in a project tackle in the late rounds. And you've got the expect the return of the Hunter, Manningham and Williams will also help. (And I'm not even going to mention AJ Jenkins who may wash out, but could also develop like many receivers, after a little time). A full year with Kap should make this unit much better than last year.
True, Dahl is not an upgrade over Goldson. But I think Goldson was overrated and wasn't worth the money. With the changing of the rules his penalties kept several drives alive, and though the team wasn't beat deep often, it's not a given that the problem was the corners. A lot of what looked like blown coverages, might have been blown assignments by the safeties. I expect a first or second plus a later pick to go toward safeties. Corner wasn't as weak as people make it out to be; but Asomugha certainly improves them there. Those who are worried about the line are overreacting to inujuries, I believe. I agree we need to develop a better rotation and an eventual replacement for Justin Smith. But I can't see how anyone wouldn't see Dorsey as an upgrade over Sopoaga. And RJF is a journeyman back-up in my book. When he replaced Justin teams ran right at him, and he couldn't occupy blockers for Aldon; furthermore at nose, he wasn't good enough to beat out Sopoaga. I expect them to use one of their top two picks on d-line, with probably a second choice later. The return of Haralson and the injured rookies (Darius Fleming and Cam Johnson) should solidify outside linebacker. Where I see a problem no one is talking about is inisde.linebacker. They haven't tendered Grant or Gooden, and they don't really have money to go out and sign someone (and who among up-and-comers is going to want to sign on here knowing they'll be behind both Willis AND Bowman. I expect a surprisingly high pick to go toward an inside backer. I also think they have their eyes on some specific special teams additions in the draft - we'll see.)
So, to make a long story short, yes they're done with free agency.
And while I'm at it, I can't help but notice how they put a stress on signing released players, rather than non-tendered ones - this means we will likely see a continuation of the cornucopia of comp picks coming in in future drafts! I really like the way Balke (and I assume money-man Paraag) are working the system to build a roster with talent, plus something people said couldn't be done in the salary cap era: depth!
[ Edited by bret on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:58 AM ]