The San Francisco 49ers were very busy on day one of the 2014 NFL free agency.  Five players overall were attained by San Francisco and another will be going home for 2014.  Donte Whitner signed a four year $28 Million deal with his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns.  Almost immediately after the 4 p.m. EST start of free agency, Antoine Bethea was announced as the newest 49er, to replace Whitner. Bethea’s deal is also for four years, but is an economical $25 Million.

Two players that were on the 2013 49ers team were signed today to come back for next season.  Kicker Phil Dawson, who turned a weakness for San Francisco into a strength, signed a two year deal.  Eric Wright signed a one year deal to stay by the bay for another year.

Finally, San Francisco went out and traded a sixth round pick for a back-up quarterback in Blaine Gabbert and an undisclosed draft pick to reunite Jonathan Martin with his college coach, Jim Harbaugh.

San Francisco had a busy and productive first day of free agency.  They are nowhere near finished as they have one goal in mind, win the championship next year.  They still need help in the secondary and should be busy trying to get a cornerback or another safety.  A speedy wide receiver is another target, but may come via the draft, and there is a need at running back to keep Frank Gore fresh.

Written By: Nic Amanno

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