We might even have a few updates here throughout the evening/morning . . . * * * The NFL announced this evening that 444 players have become free agents and are now eligible to negotiate with any team in the league.
While newlywed Alex Smith is on his honeymoon, talks about reducing his contract have been put on hold. The only timeline for getting a new deal in place apparently is Monday, March 16.
That darn East Coast bias gets pretty annoying, eh?
The 49ers currently have approximately $25 million in salary-cap space with free agency set to begin at 9:01 p.m. (PT) tomorrow night. Don’t expect anything memorable like a year ago when this blog posted a report about the first free agent to switch teams. The post was time-stamped at 9:27 p.m. Teams — and players speaking to the media — will probably be a little more discreet this year.
Just wanted to check in for a quick update.
The NFL has announced the official list of players given “franchise” designation by their respective teams. The 49ers did not name a franchise player.
Free agency kicks off Feb. 27, but the 49ers can solidify their plan of attack on Thursday. That is the deadline for teams to designate their “franchise player.” So the 49ers will know which players will and will not be available later this week.
The nucleus of the 49ers roster should remain intact as only two starters in 2009 have contracts set to expire at the end of February.