Finally, the representatives of scheduled free agents are legally allowed to speak with outside teams about their clients.
The three-day window for “legal tampering” opened Saturday at 9 a.m. (PT). No official signings with free agents from other teams can be executed until Tuesday at 1 p.m.
What can be expected from the 49ers during this period of time?
“Our position has always been to try to re-sign our own and try not to be big spenders in free agency,” 49ers CEO Jed York said during a TV appearance at the Super Bowl.
Guard Mike Iupati, cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox, running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree are the 49ers’ top scheduled free agents.
League sources indicate that Iupati and Culliver are expected to attract the most attention of the 49ers’ free agents on the open market. Iupati’s value could be in the range of $8 million per year, a source said. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to pursue him. And Culliver could receive a contract in the $7 million to $8 million range, according to sources.
Gore and the Indianapolis Colts are expected to have mutual interest, according to sources. The 49ers are likely to extend an offer to Gore that represents a significant pay cut from his $6.45 million salary of the past two seasons. The 49ers selected running back Carlos Hyde in the second round of last year’s draft to serve as Gore’s eventual replacement.
There appears to be very little chance Crabtree returns to the 49ers after experiencing frustration with his inconsistent involvement in the passing game. Crabtree is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 10.3 yards per reception. Crabtree might be forced to sign a one-year deal in hopes of establishing himself as a top free agent a year from now, a source said.
The 49ers hope to retain Cox on a contract that does not exceed the $3.5 million average that was paid to Tramaine Brock in 2013. Cox led the 49ers last season with five interceptions.
49ERS 2015 OFFSEASON SCORECARD
DL Darnell Dockett (UFA; cut by Arizona): 2 years/$7.5 million, $2 million guaranteed
WR Jerome Simpson (UFA, cut by Minnesota, 2014): 2 years/$1.73 million, no guaranteed money
RB Jarryd Hayne (Australia rugby league): 3 years/$1.583 million, $116,000 guaranteed
TE Garrett Celek (RFA): 1 yr/terms unknown
LS Kyle Nelson (RFA); 4 years/terms unknown
DB/ST Raymond Ventrone (retired; Patriots assistant special teams coach)
RB Frank Gore
WR Michael Crabtree
G Mike Iupati
CB Chris Culliver
QB Blaine Gabbert
LB Dan Skuta
WR Brandon Lloyd
CB Perrish Cox
CB Chris Cook
WR Kassim Osgood
QB Josh Johnson
RB Alfonso Smith
LB Desmond Bishop
RB Phillip Tanner (not tendered as RFA)
LB Michael Wilhoite (tendered as EFA)
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie (tendered as EFA)
49ers free agent visits
DL Ricky Jean Francois (UFA, cut by Indianapolis). Signed with Washington
DL Darnell Dockett, March 3 (UFA; cut by Arizona). Signed with 49ers
WR Ted Ginn, March 4 (UFA; cut by Arizona). Remains unsigned
WR Jerome Simpson, March 4 (UFA; cut by Minnesota). Signed with 49ers
UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
RFA-Restricted free agent: 49ers have right to match any offer sheet
EFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power
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49ERS 2015 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: Own pick, No. 15 overall
2. Second round: Own pick, No. 14 in round
3. Third round: Own pick, No. 15 in round
4. Fourth round: Pick from Denver, No. 30 in round (draft day trade, 2014)
Own pick traded to Bills for WR Stevie Johnson.
*5. Fourth round:Possible compensatory pick for loss of Donte Whitner
6. Fifth round: Own pick, No. 15 in round
7. Sixth round: Own pick , No. 14 in round
8. Seventh round: Pick from Indianapolis (trade for OLB Cam Johnson, 2013)
*9. Seventh round: Possible compensatory pick for loss of Anthony Dixon
Own pick traded to Dolphins for OL Jonathan Martin.
-- *The compensatory selections are based on a projected net losses of two qualifying free agents. Round projection is from OverTheCap.com