The San Francisco 49ers have major decisions that lie ahead as we are just over a month out from the start of NFL free agency. All teams deal with their share of turnover to some degree, however San Francisco has 14 impending unrestricted free agents and three restricted free agents who may potentially hit the open market next month.
To understand the difference in designations, here are the respective definitions of each NFL free agent grouping, according to NFL.com:
Unrestricted Free Agent – Any player with four or more accrued seasons and an expired contract; free to negotiate and sign with any team.
Restricted Free Agent – A player with three accrued seasons and an expired contract. RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them one of various qualifying offers (“tenders”) that come with the Right of First Refusal and/or draft-pick compensation.
The 2020 league year and free agency period begins March 18 at 1:00 p.m. PT. It’s worth following along to see which of the 49ers impending free agents could potentially remain in the Bay Area next season. Here’s a look at all 17 free agents and how they fared in 2019: