Disclaimer: I have no idea whether the 49ers will sign any of these players.
The open tampering period of NFL free agency begins on Monday morning at 9:00 Pacific.
Last week I ranked the 49ers top positions of need. Here are some names to look for should San Francisco decide to fill those holes during free agency.
Jake Brendel, 2022 team: 49ers, projected contract: 2 years, $4.5 million.
For the first time in his career Brendel became a full-time starter in 2022. He played well enough to be named as a Pro Bowl alternate.
Bradley Bozeman, 2022 team: Panthers, projected contract: 3 years, $13.5 million.
Bozeman was a fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. The former Alabama offensive lineman signed a one-year deal with Carolina for 2022.
Carolina averaged 151.6 yards per game on the ground in Bozeman’s 11 starts last season.
Ethan Pocic, 2022 team: Browns, projected contract: 3 years, $21 million.
Pocic was originally a second-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks. The 2017 selection struggled with injuries during his time in the Pacific Northwest and signed a one-year deal with Cleveland last offseason.
Playing between two of the NFL’s highest paid guards, Pocic stayed healthy and posted the best season of his career. He looks to use that success to cash in.
4.) Right Tackle
Mike McGlinchey, 2022 team: 49ers, projected contract: 4 years, $64 million.
After a torn quad tendon sidelined McGlinchey midway through 2021, many questioned if he would be able to return to form. The 2018 first-round pick did just that, setting himself up for a big payday with a solid 2022 season.
All signs point to McGlinchey playing elsewhere in 2023, potentially a big loss for San Francisco.
Kaleb McGary, 2022 team: Falcons, projected contract: 4 years, 60 million.
A 2019 first-round selection, McGary had the best season of his career in 2022. His strength is run blocking, but he has shown continual improvement in pass protection.
Jermain Eluemenor, 2022 team: Raiders, projected contract: 2 years, $7.5 million.
Eluemenor played a career-high 940 offensive snaps in 2022. He responded by allowing just three sacks and three quarterback hits. His versatility across the line of scrimmage fits with what the 49ers look for in free agency.
3.) Defensive End
Yannick Ngakoue, 2022 team: Colts, projected contract: 2 years, $25 million.
Ngakoue is a pass-rush specialist who has recorded at least eight sacks in each of his first seven seasons. He has experience in the wide-nine alignment, making him a perfect fit for a 49ers team needing to add a threat opposite Nick Bosa.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 2022 team: Raiders, projected contract: 2 years, $11 million.
Originally a 2018 fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams, Okoronkwo found a larger role with Houston last season. In his first year with the Texans, Okoronkwo finished with a career-high five sacks while playing just 518 snaps.
Markus Golden, 2022 team: Cardinals, projected contract: 1 year, $5 million.
The veteran pass rusher was released by Arizona to clear cap space. Golden has been up and down throughout his career. He racked up 11 sacks for the Cardinals in 2021, but just 2.5 this past season.
2.) Tight End
Austin Hooper, 2022 team: Titans, projected contract: 2 years, $17 million.
San Francisco has previously shown interest in Hooper. The former Stanford Cardinal was a third-round selection of the Atlanta Falcons when current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was serving as offensive coordinator.
Hooper would provide the type of receiving threat the 49ers have been seeking in recent years.
Josh Oliver, 2022 team: Ravens, projected contract: 3 years, $10.5 million.
The former San Jose State standout was taken by Jacksonville with the 69th selection of the 2019 draft. Oliver played all 17 games for the first time in his career in 2022 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Known primarily for his prowess as run blocker, Oliver finished last season with 14 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Robert Tonyan, 2022 team: Packers, projected contract: 2 years, $10 million.
Tonyan put up 1,437 yards and 17 touchdowns during five seasons with the Green Bay Packers. A solid route runner, Tonyan dropped only one of the 67 targets that came his way in 2022.
Jessie Bates, 2022 team: Bengals, projected contract: 5 years, $80 million.
Bates is exactly what the 49ers need to add to their defense this offseason, a young ball-hawking safety to pair with Talanoa Hufanga.
In five seasons with Cincinnati, Bates missed just three starts and played over 1,000 snaps each year.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, 2022 team: Eagles, projected contract: 3 years, $34.5 million.
Gardner-Johnson is a safety who will separate a receiver from the ball. He started his career playing in the slot for New Orleans.
Jimmie Ward, 2022 team: 49ers, projected contract: 2 years, $13.5 million.
Ward missed the start of last season after suffering a hamstring injury during training camp. As a result, he moved back to the slot upon his return. His coverage skills and toughness allow Ward to give the 49ers the perfect fit at the position.
During a recent Instagram live session, Ward said not to rule out a return to the 49ers.
Tashaun Gipson, 2022 team: 49ers, projected contract: 1 year, $1.25 million.
Gipson was signed in the middle of training camp and gave the 49ers something they had been missing at safety, a ball-hawk.
If San Francisco chooses to bring the veteran safety back in 2023 they should still look to the draft to bring in a long-term solution opposite Talanoa Hufanga.
Chase McLaughlin, 2022 team: Colts, projected contract: 5 years, $20 million.
Eddy Pineiro, 2022 team: Panthers, projected contract: 1 year, $2.5 million.
Matt Gay, 2022 team: Rams, projected contract: 4 years, $20.5 million.
Odell Beckham Jr, 2022 team: Injured, projected contract: 3 years, $33 million.
Mack Hollins, 2022 team: Raiders, projected contract: 2 years, $8 million.
Parris Campbell, 2022 team: Colts, projected contract: 1 years, $2.5 million.