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PHOENIX – Through two weeks of free agency, the 49ers have already lost seven players who started games for them last season.
Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, Mike Iupati, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Chris Borland and Dan Skuta are no longer with the organization. Defensive lineman Justin Smith is contemplating retirement, and wide receiver Michael Crabtree appears likely to leave as a free agent.
“It’s the offseason in the NFL everywhere,” 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said at the NFL owners meetings.
But the team’s first-year head coach said he is excited about the additions, as well as the process the organization has gone about filling holes on the roster.
“What I’m fired up about is some of the moves we made in free agency have been awesome,” Tomsula said. “And I’ll say this, it’s not only the results of free agency and some of the guys we have on the roster, what’s really excited me is the way the decisions have been made.
“The personnel department and the coaching staff and everybody going through it, and the transparency with the way it’s all working together. That kind of stuff, (it’s) a village mentality.”
Tomsula pushed hard for the 49ers to add former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, a source said. The 49ers signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract, becoming the highest-paid offensive free-agent acquisition in club history.
The 49ers have also signed running back Reggie Bush, defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, cornerback Shareece Wright and offensive lineman Erik Pears.
“I haven’t been sitting in this seat to go through these things before, so I don’t have any comments on how it’s (gone in the past),” Tomsula said. “I don’t know that. But me sitting in the seat right now has been wonderful. The communication, the film watch, the coaches talking about how they’d . . . here’s a guy -- grade a guy.
"The personnel department looking at film, making the grades, sharing the information, putting it together, having a plan. I really, really appreciate the way it’s gone at every level. It’s just been wonderful.”