USA TODAY Sports will provide a snapshot of each team's roster and considerations heading into free agency, which officially begins March 11 at 4 p.m. ET:
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Prominent free agents: CB Tarell Brown, CB Perrish Cox, K Phil Dawson, RB Anthony Dixon, C Jonathan Goodwin, WR Mario Manningham, QB Colt McCoy, ST/WR Kassim Osgood, S Donte Whitner, CB Eric Wright
Issues: GM Trent Baalke checked off the team's most immediate issue Monday by re-signing WR Anquan Boldin, who quickly established himself as part of the Niners' fabric in 2013. Now Baalke must decide how much he wants Dawson, Goodwin and Whitner back, if at all, while knowing he must get a long-term deal done for QB Colin Kaepernick. A field-stretching wideout could probably give the passing game a needed boost. The team sounds comfortable that it can look internally to replace all-pro ILB NaVorro Bowman until he's ready to return from major knee reconstruction.
Our advice: CB Carlos Rogers will be 33 this season and cutting him and his $7.3 million base salary would give Baalke more room to maneuver. Given the upgrade Dawson was over David Akers, re-signing a reliable kicker in a tough division only makes sense. Whitner and Goodwin have been more than solid players for a team coming off three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, but it might be wiser to spend on Brown than two positions (center and strong safety) which typically don't command premium salaries. Though the draft seems the best spot to get a speedy receiver, the Niners could also pursue a blazer like Darrius Heyward-Bey on the cheap.