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Low-Cost Free Agents the 49ers Should Sign This Offseason

Jason Schandl
Low-cost free agent targets for the 49ers, including Mike Iupati.
Low-cost free agent targets for the 49ers, including Mike Iupati. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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Just one game away from being Super Bowl champions, the San Francisco 49ers are going to look to reload for another Super Bowl run.

One thing that could make things difficult, however, is a lack of cap space. The 49ers currently rank just 28th in the NFL with about $17.9 million in space. That means they're going to need to be economical with their free agency moves.

With that in mind, here are three low-cost free agents the 49ers should sign for the 2020 NFL season.

1. Mike Iupati

Mike Iupati before a snap against the Eagles.
Mike Iupati before a snap against the Eagles. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Turning 33 years old and coming from a Seattle Seahawks' offense that has a poor reputation for line play, a reunion with Mike Iupati likely wouldn't cost much for the 49ers. Iupati was a three-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro early in his career with San Francisco. Injuries have plagued him in recent years, playing a combined 11 games in 2017 and 2018, but he was back at full health in 2019, playing all 16 games. His best years are behind him, but Iupati is still solid, and interior linemen are one of the 49ers' biggest needs this offseason.

2. Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb on the sideline during a 2019 game against Washington.
Randall Cobb on the sideline during a 2019 game against Washington. / Will Newton/Getty Images

Another need for San Fran comes at wideout, especially with Emmanuel Sanders set to hit free agency. The 49ers clearly established themselves as a run-first team, and Deebo Samuel looks well on his way to being a No. 1 WR for the offense, and that means they're not going to want to spend big on the position. Randall Cobb, another guy who is certainly past his prime, should come cheap, but he's a reliable veteran slot threat, much like Sanders. After a down year in 2018, Cobb rebounded with an impressive 2019 season in Dallas, catching 55 passes for 828 yards, notching a career-high with 15.1 yards per reception. His 55.2 receiving yards per game were his best since 2014.

3. Daryl Williams

Daryl Williams before a game against the Buccaneers.
Daryl Williams before a game against the Buccaneers. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

A tackle for most of his career with the Carolina Panthers, Daryl Williams has also started at guard, and like Iupati he could be a cheap option to solidify the interior of the 49ers' offensive line. Williams had a middling season in 2019 after returning from an injury that cost him almost all of the 2018 season, and that could have him available on the cheap. He was also a second-team All-Pro selection in 2017, and his versatility would also afford the 49ers some depth at tackle. When money is tight, versatility like that can be very valuable.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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