Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/11/12
There are going to be two main tasks for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, bolstering their passing game and deciding how to handle their big name players that could potentially become free agents.

Wide Receivers
When it comes to bolstering their passing game, San Francisco should have a good number of options to choose from through free agency and the Draft. A number of talented wide receivers could become free agents this offseason including Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Reggie Wayne and Mario Manningham to name a few.

Additionally, there is a ridiculous number of wide receivers entering this Draft, and San Francisco should be able to find a couple that would fit their systems.

Free Agency
One of the biggest players that could potentially become a free agent is quarterback Alex Smith. However, Smith had the best year of his professional career last season, leading San Francisco to the NFC Championship.
Additionally, Smith and head coach Jim Harbaugh have seemed to form a good working relationship. All this would indicate that Smith would still be in San Francisco next season.

Another key player that potentially could become a free agent is Ted Ginn. While Ginn was not explosive on offense, he was a great asset last season to San Francisco’s special teams, having a combined 1,266 yards and two touchdowns on kick and punt returns.

A key defensive player that could potentially become a free agent is Ahmad Brooks. Brooks had a great year for San Francisco in 2011 finishing with 49 total tackles, seven sacks and a forced fumble.

Another key defensive player looking at free agency is Carlos Rogers. Rogers had a spectacular season for San Francisco in 2011, recording 44 tackles, six interceptions, and an interception returned for a touchdown.

A third big name on defense looking at free agency is Dashon Goldson who finished the 2011 campaign with 67 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six interceptions. Rogers and Goldson accounted for half of San Francisco’s interceptions in 2011 and losing either player would be a big blow to San Francisco’s defense.

Final Analysis
If San Francisco can re-sign star players while brining in some talent at wide receiver they will be contenders in 2012. 






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